Research Assistant - Diesel thermal stability method development

University of Sheffield - Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Contract Type: Fixed-term for 4 months

Location: Low Carbon Combustion Centre, The University of Sheffield, Unit 2, Crown Works Industrial Estate, Rotherham Road, Beighton, Sheffield, S20 1AH, UK


Mechanical Engineering has been a major discipline in the University since its foundation in 1905 and is a thriving department within the University's Faculty of Engineering.  We are one of the UK’s leading departments of Mechanical Engineering, committed to maintaining our position at the forefront of our field, in both teaching and research. We have 60 members of academic staff, 70 researchers and technicians, 25 support staff and over 1000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Department is located in the Sir Frederick Mappin Building on the St Georges site, adjacent to the other Engineering departments. For more information on the Department please see

The Low Carbon Combustion Centre, an initiative by the University of Sheffield, aims to be Europe’s leading facility for novel combustion and low carbon technology. LCCC is committed to providing industry with expert research into power, fuel, energy efficiency and, ultimately, the reduction in carbon emissions.

In support of several industrial research projects, the post holder will conduct small scale thermal stability experiments, specifically to standard and adapted EI 482 and ASTM D3241-06 methods, prepare reports of experimental data and carryout post-test analysis using SEM / EDX instruments of test specimens as required. The post holder will be required to attend meetings with and present results for clients and customers as well as prepare interim and final reports detailing the experimental work.

The successful candidate should have a good honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, or have equivalent, relevant experience. A good understanding of chemistry of aviation fuel autoxidation and surface deposition, and standard test methods, specifically EI 482 and ASTM D3241-06 is essential for this role.

The post is fixed term for 4 months.

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