Research Associate in Process Modelling of Bioenergy Systems with Carbon Capture and Storage

Manchester, United Kingdom
£32,236 to £39,609 per annum (according to relevant experience)
18 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
18 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Sackville Street, Manchester
Closing Date : 18/02/2019
Salary : £32,236 to £39,609 per annum (according to relevant experience)
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : ASAP until 30 November 2019

Applications are invited for the above position:

  • Help to identify the system boundaries for up to three BECCS systems identified as part of the FAB-GGR (Feasibility of Afforestation and BECCS for Greenhouse Gas Removal)project. These are to include large-scale and medium-scale combustion of biomass feedstocks for electricity and heat, with post-capture and biomass gasification for H2 production, with pre-combustion capture.
  • Conduct process modelling simulation of the selected bioenergy conversion and BECCS systems.
  • Determine the mass and energy balance of the systems to better inform the wider LCA work conducted in the project. Eg biomass requirements, appropriate operational scale, flue gas compositions and capture rates.
  • To work with consortium partners to gather necessary inventory data to conduct the research.
  • Interpret the findings, consider relevant sensitivity analysis and disseminate output accordingly to stakeholders and the wider academic community.
  • To provide the team and advisory board with updates of project progress.
  • To prepare academic papers suitable for high quality journal publication, as well as policy- and/or industry-relevant reports and give presentations (incl. at conferences) on the research work.
  • To travel to project meetings in the UK and to Supergen Bioenergy Hub events
  • To represent the project team and present research results at national and international meetings and conferences.

Overall purpose of the job:

To conduct research on the following project:

  1. A multi-university, interdisciplinary NERC project entitled ‘Feasibility of Afforestation and Biomass energy with carbon capture and storage for Greenhouse Gas Removal (FAB-GGR)’. The project objectives are to a) assess the nature and requirements of afforestation and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) supply chains that achieve global net greenhouse gas removal levels of 1 GtCO2/yr and 10 GtCO2/yr respectively and b) explore the real world feasibility of these 1 GtCO2/yr and 10 GtCO2/yr supply chains, by evaluating their associated wider consequential environmental, technical, economic, policy and societal implications and trade-offs. Duration – 10 Months.

This research post will be based within the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester: Tyndall Manchester. The researcher will conduct process modelling and contribute to life cycle assessment for a range of BECCS systems in the FAB-GGR project. The work conducted on FAB-GGR is led by Aston University. While based in Manchester, the successful candidate will work closely with the work package lead Dr Mirjam Roeder at the European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University and discuss and report research results to her. Regular research meetings will be held in Manchester or virtually.

The School of MACE

The School of MACE is the largest engineering School within the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Manchester. Manchester was the birthplace of the engineering discipline, and MACE has historical routes in the Institute of Mechanics in founded in 1824. Today the School hosts 1300 undergraduate and 450 postgraduate students, delivers undergraduate programmes across Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, and MSc programmes in both technical engineering subjects and management. With 120 academic staff, 90 technical and support staff, and 300 postgraduate research students and post-docs, the School is at the forefront of engineering education in the UK.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr. Clair Gough


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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