Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in Oil and Gas Engineering

Heriot-Watt University - Engineering and Physical Sciences

The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences has an international research reputation and close connections to the professional and industrial world of science, engineering and technology. Our research ranges from fundamental chemical, physical and biological sciences through to engineering, with applications in biology, medicine, energy, photonics, chemical and biochemical processes, and manufacturing amongst others, all of which are supported by strong external funding. We have around 120 full-time academic staff driving this research activity, based in 5 research institutes: Institute of Mechanical, Process & Energy Engineering; Institute of Chemical Sciences; Institute of Photonics & Quantum Sciences; Institute of Sensors, Signals & Systems; and the Institute of Biological Chemistry, BioPhysics & BioEngineering. Together with the University of Edinburgh we represent the “most powerful” General Engineering unit in the UK, as measured by the recent REF.

The current post is part of a programme to increase research work in the area of Multiphase Flow with special emphasis on Oil and Gas Engineering, e.g. gas, oil and water treatment and upgrading. Applications are welcome from those with a strong background in Chemical/Process Engineering and/or Mechanical Engineering.

Candidates will be expected to have a strong track record of research in one or more of the following engineering-related research areas:

  • Fluid flow, including multiphase (e.g. gas/liquid, oil/water) flow, pipeline delivery, transportation of gas/liquids,;
  • Subsea systems, including applications to the development of deepwater fields;
  • Hydrocarbons processing and separation;
  • Catalytic processes directed at minimisation of residues and delivery of value added products;
  • Decommissioning, including industrial safety and waste treatment.

Heriot-Watt has a strong reputation with industry for our graduates and our practical research. As well as contributing to the innovative research done within the School, successful candidates will be expected to contribute to developing and delivering teaching. 

The successful candidate will have a track record in research (including the participation in grant applications, authoring high-quality publications and forming a research team) in one of the above Oil and Gas engineering-related research areas. We also need individuals who can make a positive contribution in innovative teaching in our core areas or mechanical engineering and chemical engineering. We would also expect to see evidence of a strong collaborative network with other academics and industry, government or other engineering practice, and the potential to complement the existing portfolio of the Institute.

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