Research Assistant/Research Fellow

Cranfield University - School of Water, Energy and Environment

Energy & Power / Bioenergy and Resource Management Centre

Research Assistant (if close to completing PhD) or Research Fellow (if PhD obtained) in Application of Microwaves on the Production of Liquid Biofuels

Fixed term contract until 28 February 2019 to ideally commence on 1 March 2018

Location: Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Here at Cranfield, we can offer you the opportunity and resources to really develop your career. Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

The School of Water, Energy and Environment leads in delivering Cranfield’s Mission within Water, Energy and Power, and Environment and Agrifood. The School is committed to leading in its areas of expertise through investing in world class staff and facilities over the long term. Cranfield’s expertise in energy and power covers a range of the potential energy solutions, from our ongoing relationship with oil and gas, to our developing reliance on renewable energy from the world around us. Cranfield’s Bioenergy and Resource Management Centre focuses on a range of new technologies and services related to sustainable biorefining for energy, fuels, chemicals and materials production.

You will work within a dynamic team of experts in bioenergy production and waste management to address the challenges of applying microwaves to biomass-to-liquid processes. This role aims at developing solid knowledge to consolidate the use of microwaves as heating system for the production of biofuels from biomass. 

You will have a PhD (or be close to completion) in Chemical Engineering or related discipline. You will be an experimental researcher with broad experience in the catalytic upgrading of hydrocarbons derived from biomass, coal or petroleum fractions and will also have extensive experience in the characterization of liquid hydrocarbons by means of various analytical techniques, including gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS).

Communication skills, particularly a demonstrated ability to publish in prestigious international scientific journals is essential. An ability to conduct original experimental research independently and within a team, and to carry out sound judgement of research tasks are also essential, as is a positive attitude to internal and external collaborations. 

If you have ambition to build your own reputation through research and a good publications record, then we would like to hear from you.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Beatriz Fidalgo Fernandez, Lecturer in Clean Energy Technology, on +44 (0)1234 758327 or (E); b.fidalgofernandez@cranfield.ac.uk

Cranfield University is committed to promoting a harmonious working and learning environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity, recognising that the contribution of all its people will be most effective in conditions which are inclusive.

The University has received an Institutional Athena SWAN Bronze award and has also achieved a Bronze Opportunity Now award. We run the Leadership Foundation’s Aurora Programme, which is a leadership development programme, aimed at women in an academic, technical or professional service role.

Please note the earliest start date for this role is 1 March 2018.  

Apply online now at www.cranfield.ac.uk/hr or contact us for further details on E: hr@cranfield.ac.uk or T: +44 (0)1234 754223. For any enquiries, please quote reference number 2536.

Interviews to be held: 13 December 2017

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