Research Fellow in Reactor Automation

Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
19 May 2020
End of advertisement period
31 May 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Are you looking to apply your skills in reaction chemistry and engineering to the development of new approaches for defence against chemical warfare agents? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

We are seeking a Research Fellow in Reaction Automation to join a major two year Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) funded programme.

The overarching project aims to develop an Industry 4.0 approach, revolutionising the destruction of chemical warfare agents using advanced data-rich and cognitive computing technologies. A key novelty is the use of fully autonomous experimental platforms. This enables the application of machine learning to the development of chemical processes: the system will continuously learn, increasing in confidence and knowledge over time, from previous iterations.

Your position will work alongside a team of Research Fellows with Process Chemistry and Engineering expertise at the Institute of Process Research and Development at Leeds. You will interact with partners at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).

Due to the sensitive nature of the project, recruitment to this role will be based on passing national security checks at DSTL in Porton Down in Salisbury.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Richard Bourne, Associate Professor in Reaction Engineering
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7620 or email:

Further information

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Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute: School of Chemical & Process Engineering
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (24 months (grant funding))
Closing Date: Sunday 31 May 2020
Reference: EPSPE1012
Downloads: Candidate Brief 

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