0411-23 – Research Associate Biowaste to Energy (Thermochemical)

Aston University

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Aston University Main Campus

£36,333 to £39,592
per annum
Grade:  Grade 08
Contract Type: 
Fixed Term

(up to 18 months)
Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Friday 23 June 2023
Interview Date: 

To be confirmed
Reference:  0411-23
Release Date:  Friday 02 June 2023

The Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University seeks applications for a post-doctoral researcher to carry out work on biowaste to energy project. This position offers the unique opportunity to work in a highly multidisciplinary setting and work with academic and non-academic partners. We are proud to provide a supportive environment for early career researchers and offer mentoring/shadowing and other development opportunities to support staff in transitioning to new roles. 

This role is part of the Innovate UK-funded Rice Straw-powered Biowaste to Energy project to provide clean electricity in Indonesia. The researcher will be working on the catalytic upgrading of pyrolysis bio-oil derived from rice straw to engine-ready liquid fuel. The role also involves testing the upgraded fuel in a gasoline or diesel engine and modelling the combustion and emission characteristics of the fuel. In addition, the researcher will carry out process modelling and life cycle assessment of the entire biowaste to energy concept. As part of the research activities, the successful candidate will be required to engage and collaborate with different project partners and relevant stakeholders. 

The Rice Straw-powered Biowaste to Energy project works with academia, industry and farmers in Indonesia to convert the vast quantities of rice straw to clean electricity via pyrolysis, bio-oil upgrading and combustion of the upgraded fuel in a novel ceramic engine. This includes working closely with project partners and stakeholders to define the scope of the research. In addition, the researcher will be responsible for liaising with project partners, communicating and publishing results, and engaging with external stakeholders and users of the research.

Experience in bio-oil upgrading and process modelling is essential, and the researcher is expected to hold a PhD in chemical engineering or a closely related subject. In addition, knowledge of life cycle assessment and stakeholder engagement is required. An excellent standard of oral and written communication is essential, as are demonstrated skills of independent working, time management and successful delivery of objectives.

For enquiries, please get in touch with Jude Onwudili ([email protected] ) or Muhammad Imran ([email protected] ) or Mirjam Roeder ([email protected] ) to arrange any informal discussion.

Anonymous shortlisting will be carried out for this role as part of Aston University’s commitment to equality and diversity and ensuring a fair and consistent approach to recruitment. Personal details that are included on application forms, including the candidate’s name and address will not be disclosed to the shortlisting panel. CVs will not be considered as part of the shortlisting process.

Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  It promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We strive to have robust inclusivity strategies in place, including race and sexual orientation, to encourage colleagues to have the confidence and freedom to be themselves in the workplace. For more information, visit: https://www2.aston.ac.uk/about/inclusive-aston

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