Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering

Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
£32,548 to £38,833 per annum
21 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Title: Research Fellow
Location: Aston University, Birmingham
Salary: £32,548 to £38,833 per annum
Grade: Grade 08
Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 months)
Closing Date: 23.59 GMT on 22 April 2018
Basis: Full time
Job ref: R180115
The School of Engineering and Applied Science has a focus on designing and delivering professionally relevant programmes and research informed teaching to help to prepare our graduates to enter and impact industry. Our optional paid professional placement year allows our students to exploit our connections with business and industry, and put theory into practice in real world scenarios.

As part of a collaborative Leverhulme Trust project with the Queen’s University Belfast, the Aston University Bioenergy Research Group located in the European Bioenergy Research Institute seeks applications for a full time Research Fellow position in order to provide molecular-level insights on fast-pyrolysis of biomass and upgrading techniques. You will join a team exploring the thermochemical conversion of various biomass by fast pyrolysis. You will focus on developing processing techniques and analytical strategies to precisely track and manage oxygen-containing molecules during biomass thermal processing. 

The successful applicant will join an established team within the Aston University Bioenergy Research Group located in the European Bioenergy Research Institute and will carry out research in pyrolysis of biomass and liquid upgrading. Training opportunities will be provided to acquire appropriate and experimental research skills.

You must have a PhD in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry or a closely related field and experience with biomass chemistry, biomass pyrolysis, and multivariate analysis. 

Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate ideas clearly and effectively with people are also required. In this regard the successful candidate will be expected to:
•    Maintain detailed and accurate records
•    Acquire and analyse data in keeping with project scheduling
•    Supervise other personnel involved in the project
•    Present results at conferences and other meetings
•    Prepare project reports and peer-reviewed manuscripts

For further information about this position, please contact Prof Tony Bridgwater on +44 (0)121 204 3381, (  

Please visit our website for further information and to apply online.  If you do not have access to the internet telephone 0121-204-4500 and leave your name and address quoting the reference number.

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