Research Associate in Comparative Assessment of GGR Technologies

Imperial College London - Centre for Environmental Policy

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Applications are invited for a Research Associate in the comparative assessment of greenGGR technologies within the Centre for Environmental Policy based at  Imperial College London South Kensington Campus.

This post is part of the multidisciplinary project Comparative assessment and region-specific optimisation of GGR funded through NERC, working with Dr Niall Mac Dowell in the Centre for Environmental Policy. This is an ambitious project aimed at addressing the knowledge gaps in the specific context of bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) and the Direct Air Capture of CO2 (DAC). 

Building on previous work in this group, the overall goal of this project is to develop a suite of models describing canonical BECCS and DAC technologies and hence develop a comprehensive framework for their inter-comparison, develop a dynamic biomass production and supply chain model that accounts for direct and indirect land-use change emissions, and to develop reduced order models (ROMs) of BECCS and DAC, and evaluate how GGR technologies will interact with the rest of the energy system.

A key part of this project is its close collaboration with colleagues in the Department of Chemical Engineering as well as colleagues in other universities in order to integrate the outputs of other work packages with this one. The successful applicant will therefore be expected to closely interact with their colleagues in these other departments and will be expected to assume a leadership role within the project.

You must have a PhD (or equivalent) in an appropriate science or engineering subject, preferably related to the areas given above, or relevant experience working in an allied area. You should be able to demonstrate a proven track record in conducting high level research as evidenced by innovative publications in peer reviewed journals. Experience using equation orientated process modelling, simulation and optimisation software, e.g., gPROMS or ASPEN Custom Modeller, and in the application of advanced optimisation techniques to detailed mathematical models using, e.g., GAMS or AIMMS, is essential. You must also have the ability to work across a number of consillient science and engineering disciplines. The ability to make oral presentations of scientific material of clarity and coherence, and exceptional technical and scientific writing ability with proven track record in peer reviewed publication in the international scientific literature are also essential .

Any candidate who has not been yet been awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

This is a fixed term position available for up to 24 months.

For further details please contact Dr Niall Mac Dowell at

Our preferred method of application is online via our website (please select ‘Job Search’ then enter the job title vacancy reference number, including spaces NS 2017 174 LP into ‘Keywords’). Please complete and upload the application form as directed.

Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please contact Karen Lyle, email to request an application form.

Closing date: 12 October 2017 (Midnight BST)

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