Research Associate - Fixed Term Contract

University of Bath - Department of Chemical Engineering

Advances in single-use-technologies (SUT)s are leading a shift away from storage and mixing in fixed stainless steel vessels. This is especially common in the pharmaceutical industry, where the requirement for aseptic operation leads to time-consuming and costly cleaning protocols. By effectively eliminating cleaning and sterilising in-place, SUTs can improve the overall environmental performance of a process in addition to achieving significant cost savings.

This 6-month post will research and implement innovative engineering solutions, to facilitate process development across a range of biotechnology projects. The PDRA will develop a series of 3-D computational models using commercial software to optimise a range of bioreactor designs that are most likely to be associated with mixing and air flow. Influence of stirrer design and penetration of the gas from air sparger will be investigated, ultimately providing useful knowledge of mass transfer and rates of reaction. The PDRA is expected to lead day-to-day research activities and engage with industrial partners to implement new technology in new and existing production line.

The PDRA is expected to have a track record and experience in CFD modelling (e.g. ANSYS-Fluent or CFX) in two phase flow and will also contribute to the computational and experimental studies within the research group and consortium. Research will be disseminated in high impact journals and key international conferences.

The successful applicant will work in a progressive academic environment, and will benefit from the supportive, collaborative and well-organised Department of Chemical Engineering at the University.

This post is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis, with an expected expiry date of 31 March 2018.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Dr John Chew on 01225 386132 or via e-mail

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