PhD Studentship: Design of an improved path for cellulose and sugar production from lignocellulosic

Birmingham, West Midlands
07 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are invited for a three year Postgraduate studentship, supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), to be undertaken within the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) and Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR) Research Groups at Aston University. The successful applicant will join an established experimental group working on alternative processes for lignocellulosic biomass treatment.

The position is available to start in October 2018 (subject to negotiation).

Financial Support

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,777 in 2018/19.

Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £12,290 in 2018/19.

As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or, secured this additional funding.

Background of the Project

The proposal brings novel approach to lignocellulosic biomass treatment. Its target is to improve the path for the production of valuable compounds - cellulose and sugars - from lignocellulosic biomass waste by applying environmentally acceptable (low volatility) mixed solvents and catalysts, subjected to custom design. This design will increase the efficiency of both extraction and chemical reaction, while lowering their temperatures and, thus, reducing the related energy costs.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of catalytic and extraction processes.

We would particularly like to encourage application from women seeking to progress their academic careers. Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recently recognised by a prestigious Silver Award to SEAS, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and supportive environment and family atmosphere.

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the EBRI/AIMR Research Group, contact Dr Zoran P. Visak by email

If you require further information about the application process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at

The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements, including English language are available here.

Applications must also be accompanied by a research proposal giving an overview of the main themes of the research, and explaining how your knowledge and experience will benefit the project.

Details of how to write your project proposal are also included in the How to Apply section.

Closing Date: 15 June 2018

Further particulars and application forms are available in alternative formats on request i.e. large print, Braille, tape or CD Rom.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HR via