Research Assistant

Surrey, United Kingdom
£6,596 per annum pro rata (0.2 FTE)
25 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
20 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Chemical & Process Engineering

Location: Guildford
Salary: £6,596 per annum pro rata (0.2 FTE)
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Friday 20 October 2023
Reference: 048223

This is an exciting opportunity within the School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering for a research assistant position in the area of experimental and computational studies of biomass production under controlled environment. The position is available on a part-time basis (20% full time equivalent) until March 2025, starting in September 2023 or soon after.

With the buzz of student life and superb working facilities, the University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research.

As a part of this, we want to make you feel valued, so we reward our staff with a generous salary, Annual Leave PLUS Bank Holidays package, industry leading pension with salary sacrifice benefits & rewards and a student discount scheme.

About the role

In this role, the research assistant will support the delivery of a multi-million large-scale demonstration project, which is run at the University of Surrey in collaboration with several industrial and academic partners. You will assist the design and execution of experiments in a greenhouse, to collect data for predicting biomass growth under different environment parameters. You will develop computational models and machine learning methods to analyse the experimental data and collaborate with the wider project consortium to contribute to other ad hoc experiments as required by the project. You will write technical report and papers to assist dissemination of research outcomes.

 About you

The ideal candidates should hold a good Bachelor and/or Master degree in a related engineering discipline, with significant experiences in controlled environment agriculture and related experimental methods, a strong numerical background with good computer programming, modelling and data analysis skills, and desirably knowledge of energy consumption issues and plant biology in controlled environment agriculture. The successful candidate will have the ability to critically analyse existing data and own results, and have strong communication skills to be able to work in a consortium.

By joining a multidisciplinary team, you will receive unique training opportunities. In addition to conducting novel research that is likely to lead to impactful outputs and tangible innovations, you will be mentored by the line manager to develop your own professional development plan, to identify training needs (e.g., communication & people skills, leadership & management, etc.), and to prepare for your next stage of career.

 How to apply

For an informal discussion, please email Professor Tao Chen: Please attach a copy of your CV with your application.

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In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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