Research Associate in Process and Energy Systems Engineering

University of Sheffield - Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Fixed term for 12 months


Chemical and Biological Engineering is a thriving department within the University’s Faculty of Engineering, comprising 34 academic staff, 41 research staff and technicians, 11 support staff and over 500 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Department has a vibrant research and teaching culture spanning particle science and technology/nanotechnology, new energy technologies, the environment and applications of post-genomics bioscience for biotechnology and bioprocessing applications.

The successful candidate will work with Professor Meihong Wang in the Process and Energy Systems Engineering and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Group inside the Department. The post is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through Grand Challenges in Bio-Energy. The project will be collaborated with the Universities of Leeds and Liverpool and Surrey to deal with syngas tar cleaning based on catalytic plasma technology. The post holder will also work closely with other industrial partners such as C-Tech Innovation, GE UK, PSE Ltd and Thermitech Solutions Ltd.

You will carry out process modelling and simulation with different tools such as Aspen Plus®, gPROMS® and/or Aspen Custom Modeller® and perform detailed process analysis and manipulation of information and data. You will be responsible for writing up the results of your research and contributing to research reports and publications whilst also presenting the results and making recommendations via presentations and briefing. You will also supervise and provide support to students.

The successful candidate will have a First Degree and a PhD (or equivalent experience) in Chemical or Process Engineering and experience in Process and Energy Systems Engineering for biomass pyrolysis and gasification, syngas tar cleaning including scientific publications, presentations at scientific conferences and contributing to grant applications. Experience in applying catalytic plasma technology into syngas cleaning is also essential.

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