Research Assistant/Research Fellow in Hydrogen Production

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£30,600 per annum (Research Assistant) or £33,309 per annum (Research Fellow)
18 Feb 2020
End of advertisement period
18 Mar 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School/Department School of Water, Energy and Environment
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period until 31 March 2021
Salary £30,600 per annum (Research Assistant) or £33,309 per annum (Research Fellow)
Apply by 18/03/2020

Role Description

Research Assistant (if close to completing PhD) or Research Fellow (if PhD obtained)

Cranfield University Centre for Climate and Environmental Protection welcomes applications from researchers with expertise in thermochemical processes for the production of low carbon hydrogen, in particular the sorbent enhanced steam methane reforming process.

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally. Our distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

Our people are our most valuable resource and everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of our university, developing our learners, and transforming the businesses we work with. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here: Working life at Cranfield.

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. To find out more please visit our website:

Cranfield’s expertise in energy and power covers a range of the potential energy solutions, from our ongoing relationship with oil and gas, to our developing reliance on renewable energy from the world around us. We are making a difference and making it possible to meet the needs of our population and industry while reducing our impact on the world.

You will have expertise in thermochemical processes for the production of low carbon hydrogen, in particular the sorbent enhanced steam methane reforming process, and be expected to work closely with the partners and contribute to the delivery of the research programme within this project. The impact of this project could be utterly revolutionary, because of this there is a commercial imperative to adhere to a Collaboration Agreement, which any researcher joining this project will need to agree to.

It is essential that you have extensive experience in designing, constructing and operating fluidised beds or other chemical reactors for high temperature, and preferably high pressure, processes.

You must have a PhD (obtained or near completion) in sorbent enhanced steam reforming or similar high temperature looping cycles (calcium / chemical looping) and a background in Chemical Engineering or another related discipline.

As this project will involve conducting research on a pilot plant it is essential that you understand the risks involved, and are comfortable and able to work safely and responsibly within a hazardous environment containing flammable and asphyxiating gases, superheated steam, high temperatures and high pressures.

You should also be comfortable using and troubleshooting analytical equipment. We would expect that you are comfortable working with Microsoft office suite as well as MATLAB (or python) for data analysis and has experience in preparing high quality figures and reports for publication and presentation.

In return, you will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and to support world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential.  To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we are members of WES & Working Families, and sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day.

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.  To find out more, please visit

For an informal discussion, please contact, please contact Dr Peter Clough, Lecturer in Energy Engineering, on +44 (0)1234 754875 or (E)

Apply online now at or contact us for further details on E: or T: +44 (0)1234 750111 Ext. 4575. Please quote reference number 3308.