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Research Associate in Waste Plastic Processing (KTP Associate - UOB/Recycling Technologies

University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences , School of Chemical Engineering

Location: Birmingham, Swindon
Salary: £27,025 to £29,515 with potential progression once in post to £33,199
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th July 2019
Closes: 22nd August 2019
Job Ref: 81784

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the £27,025 to £29,515, with potential progression once in post to £33,199

Duration: Fixed term for up to 24 months 

Location: Primarily based via secondment, to Recycling Technologies Ltd, Swindon, UK

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham and Recycling Technologies Ltd (RT).

RT has created a commercially attractive way to recycle plastic waste and has demonstrated its capability by generating high quality products. The aim of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership is to assist Recycling Technologies by increasing understanding of the chemical reactions in the reactor generating and streamlining, and improving, the pyrolysis process.

RT relies on plastic waste stream in a mixed form, which is considered hard-to-recycle. This waste feedstock varies in type and quality, depending on the source and other factors, with different waste streams posing different technical challenges. Whilst RT has developed the RT7000 machine, its aim is to provide machines which are more energy efficient, transportable and able to process more complex plastic waste. This would satisfy the wider market need, allowing RT to be the enabler of a circular economy for plastics.

The successful applicant will be responsible for enhancing understanding and knowledge of the pyrolysis process and propose new ways to ensure that product quality is retained with a wider range of plastic waste.

This Knowledge Transfer Partnership will involve the employment of two KTP Associates who will work together on the overall project. The successful applicants will be employed by the University of Birmingham but will be primarily based at Recycling Technologies’ premises in Swindon.

About Recycling Technologies

Recycling Technologies is creating value from residual plastic waste on a global scale. Recycling Technologies has developed a process to economically recycle mixed plastic waste – that is currently disposed of in landfill or incinerators – into a valuable hydrocarbon product, named Plaxx®, with multiple uses in the wax and petrochemical sectors. Award-winning Plaxx® can be used by polymer manufacturers to make new plastic thereby propelling plastic into the circular economy. Find out more at

About Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme is a government-funded technology transfer initiative that supports partnerships between business and universities, placing graduates on challenging, high profile projects. Further information is available at:  

Brief Person Specification:

  • First degree (minimum 2i, BEng/MEng/BSc/MSci) in Applied Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering; OR a First degree at 2ii with a further higher qualification (Masters degree) in these or related areas.
  • Lab experience is extremely desirable, in experimental design and its application.
  • Knowledge of kinetic and thermodynamic modelling; experience desirable 
  • Practical experience of applying relevant skills and techniques
  • Ability to analyse information and communicate effectively

For further information please contact Gary Leeke (

The University of Birmingham is an equal opportunity employer

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