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Research Assistant / Research Fellow, School of Water, Energy and Environment

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£34,450 - £37,337 per annum
Closing date
24 Mar 2024

Job Details

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: for 3 Years
Salary: Research Assistant (if close to completing PhD) £34,450 per annum Research Fellow (if PhD obtained) £37,337 per annum
Apply by: 24/03/2024

Role Description

About the Role

The primary responsibility of Research Fellow is to conduct research on sensos development for wastewater surveillance, biocomputing using state-of-the-art facilities at in the advanced sensors laboratory at Cranfield University.

Cranfield has a proud reputation for its research on the science, engineering and management of water and we have been driving innovation for over 40 years. You will contribute to the delivery of Cranfield University’s research portfolio in Advanced Sensors Laboratory for Water-Environment-Health led by Prof Zhugen Yang. The group’s work on sensing wastewater has received national and international recognition, for example, featuring in Science, and numerous media coverages (e.g., BBC News, The Washington Post, etc). The origami-paper device is currently featured at London Science Museum.

About You

You will be educated to doctoral level (or close to completion) in biosensing, microfluidics, environmental science, microbiology, synthetic biology or relative disciplines and have experience of experimental skills sets on sensors development, wastewater surveillance, or reverse inference modelling for source tracking.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.                                  

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Prof Zhugen Yang, Professor of Biosensing and Environmental Health on (T): +44123475 8310 or (E): and Web:

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: Please quote reference number 4736.


Cranfield is world-leading in its contribution to global innovation. With our emphasis on the aerospace, agrifood, defence and security, environmental technology, leadership and management, manufacturing and transport systems sectors, we have changed the way society thinks, works and learns.

We generate and transform knowledge, translating it to the benefit of society. Our partners, from micro SMEs to the largest blue-chip multinationals, from governments across the world to NGOs and charities, tell us this is what they value about Cranfield.

Innovation is part of Cranfield’s ‘corporate DNA’, evolved over 60 years of commitment to this agenda.

Our work informs policy for governments and produces new technologies and products for the world of commerce. We draw on this pool of research and consultancy to provide our students with a distinctive ‘real-world’ learning environment, allowing them to develop as professionals and transfer their new knowledge to the global economy. This has always been the ‘Cranfield way’ but it has never been more important than in today’s world.

People are key to our competitive advantage and so we need to attract, develop and retain the best talent for our business. We aim to create a culture where you can flourish and succeed and, in turn, contribute towards Cranfield’s success.

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