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Research Fellow (FACE Project)

University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences - School of Mechanical Engineering

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 3rd December 2018
Closes: 25th January 2019
Job Ref: 80269

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.

The postholder will work to carry out research into the area of combustion and control of emissions using catalytic technologies. The postholder will be part of the FACE (Novel Integrated Fuel Reformer-Aftertreatment System for Clean and Efficient Road Vehicles) project which is funded by the EPSRC. The candidate will be also part of the Future Power Systems Group in the School of Engineering.

The candidate will be a part of a team working on the above project which is closely linked with a major industrial partners. They will create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities within the research project. The aim of the proposed research is the rational design of smart and innovative automotive exhaust after-treatment systems.

They will contribute to the planning and organising of the FACE research programme and co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort. The postholder will also liaise with research staff and support staff on research-related matters, liaise with external collaborators on the research, where appropriate, give presentations and/or contribute to presentations at national and/or international conferences and referee articles for peer-reviewed academic journals.

The postholder will maintain contact with (including membership of) appropriate professional bodies, liaise with the relevant external research community via seminars and conferences, participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration and liaise with external clients of the University or members of the public.

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Relevant first degree or masters in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering, or equivalent experience
  • Hold (or be close to completion of) a PhD or EngD in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering or equivalent industrial experience;
  • Expertise in the areas of thermodynamics, internal combustion engines, fuel reforming, aftertreatment, fuels.
  • Have post graduate practitioner experience in IC engines and if possible aftertreatment catalysts through either industrial or post-doctoral academic positions;
  • Have experience of supervision of industrially focused projects.
  • Experience with engine operation, combustion and catalytic technology.
  • High level of analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/ administration processes

For informal enquiries please contact Pr. Athanasios Tsolakis,

0121 414 4170 

Closing date: 25 January 2019                   

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