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Research Associate - Digital Design of Chemical and Safety Critical Processes

University of Sheffield - Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £32,344 to £34,304 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st September 2021
Closes: 18th October 2021
Job Ref: UOS030145

Fixed-term for 1 year with the possibility of extension, with a planned start date - asap.

We are seeking an experienced researcher to work on developing and implementing mechanistic, hybrid and data driven models for chemical manufacturing processes and safety critical decision making. The role will develop workflows for design and optimisation of chemical processes and integrate safety critical decision making. The new research associate will support the choice, development and evaluation of models and will work closely with industry partners as part of a wider project team. 

To achieve this, we require someone who has experience in building models for chemical processes and preferably with some experience of machine learning. Some knowledge of process safety or experience working in a chemical processing plant would be beneficial. The successful candidate, will develop models develop algorithms based on machine learning and theoretical models and work with partner organisations. 

The candidate will hold a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline, and hold a PhD in a topic that demonstrates project relevant knowledge.  Additional relevant post-doctoral experience is desirable. We will provide training to assist the acquisition of new technical skills, and to participate in professional skills training for researchers and leaders, provided by the host university.

You will be supervised by Professor Joan Cordiner FREng, FRSE, FIChemE, CEng, based in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, which has a strong research theme in the area of Process and Systems.

We use innovative methods in the field of data-driven, mechanistic and hybrid multi-scale process modelling, decision making, monitoring, troubleshooting and optimisation.

You will be given the opportunity to disseminate the output of this project at both national and international conferences, as well as regularly presenting your findings to industrial partners. 

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and University.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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