Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Membrane Crystallisation

Cranfield, Bedford
24 Jul 2017
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01 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Cranfield University

Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Membrane Crystallisation 

School of Water, Energy and Environment 
Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday
Fixed term contract - 24 Month Fixed Term contract
Salary  £23,485 to £26,900 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £31,620 per annum (Research Assistant) or £31,620 per annum (Research Fellow)
Apply by   01/09/2017 

The Cranfield Water Science Institute has an international reputation in its transformational research and teaching in the science, engineering and management of water. Cranfield houses state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, enabling research to be undertaken in all areas of water science, and in addition operates a unique suite of near industrial-scale piloting facilities that attract funding from across the water sector. Our membrane group is built on a strong heritage of delivering internationally competitive research and we are seeking a highly motivated individual to grow our group and support the delivery of pioneering research funded by the European Research Council. 

The project titled, ‘Sustainable Chemical Alternatives for Re-use in the Circular Economy – SCARCE’ seeks to advance knowledge of the basic separation principles underpinning membrane assisted crystallisation, in order to advance technology development and scale-up of membrane crystallisation as a method for resource recovery from wastewater. The successful applicant will develop a direct observation platform, complete with on-line particle size analysis to help resolve the shear force requirements necessary for the harvesting of crystals grown at the membrane-solvent interface. Following laboratory development, process scalability will be evaluated using our industrial scale facilities. The role will also involve collaboration with existing staff and students working in the area, as well as international collaborators. 

You will have a PhD (or close to completion) in chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental engineering or a related discipline, and a proven ability in assembling laboratory testing equipment, as well as undertaking extensive laboratory based experimental research. A working knowledge of either membrane separation or crystallisation is essential, and experience of the use of non-invasive direct observation methodologies is desirable.  

Cranfield University is committed to promoting a harmonious working and learning environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity, recognising that the contribution of all its people will be most effective in conditions which are inclusive. 

We have been awarded an Institutional Athena SWAN Bronze award and have also achieved a Bronze Opportunity Now award.  We also run the Leadership Foundation’s Aurora Programme, which is a leadership development programme, aimed at women in an academic, technical or professional service role.  

Your career at Cranfield will be enhanced through access to fully equipped shared laboratory and pilot facilities, extensive research and business training through our learning and development team and doctoral training centres in a collegiate and supportive environment. 

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Ewan McAdam, Reader in Process Engineering, on +44 (0)1234 754546 or (E);
Interviews to be held:      14 September 2017 

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