Research Associate, Fire Toxicity

Preston, United Kingdom
Grade: G (£30395- 35211)
23 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 18/11/2018
Location Preston Campus
Salary Grade: G (£30395- 35211)
Job category/type Academic, Research

Job description

Inhalation of toxic gases is the major cause of death in fires, and the safety of building occupants in a fire is dependent on preventing the build-up of lethal concentrations of toxic gases within the time required to escape. In addition, fire effluents cause significant pollution often releasing cocktails of carcinogenic, mutagenic and endocrine disrupting chemicals into the environment - initially resulting in potential exposure of fire fighters and other emergency rescue and clean-up workers.  An outstanding early career scientist/analytical chemist/engineer is required to support the UK's leading fire chemistry and toxicity research group.  With research projects in fire toxicity, quantification of toxicants, particulate characterisation and analysis, and other aspects of fire science, we will be consolidating our strengths and broadening them to quantify the range of hazards from fire effluents, and use this knowledge to ensure higher levels of fire safety.

Based in our world-class laboratory, equipped with both standard items of fire test equipment, and research specific facilities, you will play a leading role in the analysis of fire effluents, both from samples generated in the laboratory, those collected at our large-scale experimental facility at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service's Training Centre at Washington Hall, and those collected from real fire scenes and other large scale fire tests.

As a Research Associate, you will have full access to the University's analytical laboratories, as well as dedicated instruments in the fire laboratories. You will use a number of experimental procedures for the controlled generation of combustion products (the steady state tube furnace, the smoke density chamber, Large Instrumented Fire Enclosure etc.). For each method, analysis of fire effluents will include asphyxiants and irritants, smoke, and particulates. This involves use and interpretation of gas phase FTIR, use of sorption tubes and GC-MS, on-line electrochemical, NDIR, and paramagnetic analysers, HPIC and wet chemical analysis. 

The post is initially funded for two years in the first instance. The successful candidate will work alongside Prof Stec. In addition, you will be supported in developing your own research, industrial liaison and projects, and submission of funding proposals, in order to ensure the continuity of their post with external funding. As we are currently recruiting for four Research Associates, your application will be considered for all four roles unless you state otherwise in your application.

Informal enquiries should be made to Prof Anna Stec (  For further information about our School please visit our websites:  

Applicants need to meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for interview. This position is based in Preston.

Please apply online; if you cannot apply online please contact Human Resources on 01772 892324 and quote the reference number. CVs will not be considered unless accompanies by a completed application form.

School/Service: School of Physical Sciences & Computing - Centre for Fire & Hazardous Science
Hours: Full time (37 hours per week - 1.0 FTE)
Basis: Fixed term contract for 2 years
Interview Date: 20 November 2018

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