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Research Associate in Biobased Composites and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

University of Bristol

Location: Bristol
Salary: £35,333 to £39,745 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 23rd September 2022
Closes: 20th October 2022
Job Ref: ACAD106338

The role

What will you be doing?

The worldwide transition from the use of oil-based to more sustainable feedstocks for plastics is underway. This transition is due to dwindling oil stocks and a realisation that current levels of the use of this resource is no longer sustainable. More sustainable sources for materials use exist in the form of cellulose from plants. This material is a very versatile polymer and is in fact the most utilised material worldwide. Nature makes use of cellulose to good effect. Being intrinsically strong and stiff means that cellulose fibres, per weight, can compete mechanically with most synthetic alternatives such as glass. In nature's most prevalent natural composite - wood - cellulose forms the basis of its outstanding structural performance. All our attempts to replicate the composite performance of wood and plants have fallen short.

The postdoctoral research associate will bring their skills and understanding to seek scientific solutions to address these issues, while also using the intrinsic properties of plant fibres and wood themselves. Their research will aim to do this in the context of both natural and synthetic materials, adding functionality to the composites, while also addressing in a cross-cutting sense the sustainability credentials of the materials and structures proposed. Alongside this, and as an integrated programme, the postdoctoral research associate will demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, with specific emphasis on Black and Black heritage students and staff within the University of Bristol and wider communities/stakeholders. 

You should apply if

A strong background in physical sciences and/or engineering/STEM subjects, preferably with some experience of cellulosic materials. A demonstratable commitment to increasing equity, diversity and inclusion of Black and Black heritage students and staff, within a Higher Education or industrial setting. 

Additional information

For informal queries, please contact Professor Stephen Eichhorn. s.j.eichhorn@bristol.ac.uk

To find out more about what it's like to work in the Faculty of Engineering, and how the Faculty supports people to achieve their potential, please see our staff blog:

https://engineeringincludesme.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/ 

We seek to attract, develop, and retain individuals from the widest possible talent pool and the broadest possible range of backgrounds.  We are committed to building an inclusive working environment where all colleagues can thrive and reach their full potential. We particularly welcome applications from Black African, Black Caribbean and other minority ethnic groups, as they are currently under-represented across our university. 

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