Research Associate

University of the West of England, Bristol - Bristol BioEnergy Centre, Department of Engineering Design & Mathematics

UWE Bristol is an ambitious university. Together, our people are working hard to advance knowledge, inspire people and transform futures. We are looking for people with the skills and ambition to help us achieve those aims.

We are a well-established university, with over 27,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 3,000 staff. Students come to study with us from all over the UK, as well as from 140 different countries around the world, making this a diverse and interesting place to come and study.

Bristol itself is a hub of social and cultural activity. A place with a strong, creative and fiercely independent mindset. A city with a buzzing music scene, great restaurants and interesting business ventures. It’s not surprising Bristol is consistently named as one of the best places to live and work in the UK.

The researcher will be based at the Bristol BioEnergy Centre, under the direction of Prof. Ioannis Ieropoulos. The work will support the creation of microbial fuel cell systems for use in field trials at refugee camps overseas, in collaboration with OXFAM, and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The MFC stacks will be used to power a lighting system aiming at improving the night-time safety of toilet users in refugee camps.

The post is contracted for one year, with the possibility of extension for another year.

The applicant must be willing and able to travel abroad to 4+ different destinations in the developing world.

You will:

Have a Masters level qualification and have registered for, or are willing to register for a PhD.

Be able to demonstrate how to conduct research using appropriate research techniques and implement new research methods; Possess sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline Be skilled in effectively analysing and interpreting research outcomes to generate outcomes.

Other benefits, in addition to salary:

  • a generous holiday allowance of 27 Days
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in addition;
  • flexible working;
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes;
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme;
  • family friendly policies;
  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus;
  • option to purchase childcare vouchers.

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give our students access to everything they need to succeed – with £200m being spent on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation between now and 2020 to enhance our offer even further. Frenchay campus is within close proximity to excellent motorway links and within walking distance of two train stations, making UWE Frenchay Campus the ideal place to work for those wishing to commute to Bristol.

If you have any queries or would like an informal discussion, please contact Ioannis Ieropoulos on 01173286318 or email to:

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