Research Associate in Computational Fluid Dynamics in Chemical Reaction Systems

Heriot-Watt University - School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral research associate to work on our EPSRC funded programme “Solar fuels via engineering innovation”, under the supervision of Prof Maroto-Valer (  This research programme (£1.2m) focuses on developing novel photoreactors that can achieve efficient hydrocarbon conversion and separation from CO2 for solar fuel production. This will be achieved via an integrated approach between chemical engineers and chemists to intensify the process of CO2 photoreduction through reactor innovation, and thus, provide alternative future energy options. Experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling for applications in chemical reaction systems and reactors is required. The role has a strong focus on modelling CO2 conversion systems, particularly photoreduction, and research at the interface between materials chemistry and chemical reaction engineering and working with industrial sponsors and international collaborators.  There are also opportunities to participate in our other projects in CO2 capture and utilisation (see

The successful applicant must hold a PhD (or about to obtain) in engineering or related discipline (chemistry, applied mathematics, computing or physics) with background in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).  The role has also a strong focus on research and the development of research programmes with industrial sponsors. 

The post is available from 1 October 2017 for 12 months in the first instance with the possibility of a further extension.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer at

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at Heriot-Watt.

For application details and further information please go to:

Ref: IRC10809

Closing Date: 1 September 2017

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