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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - School of Chemical Engineering

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £37,099 Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 28th February 2024
Closes: 20th March 2024
Job Ref: 103325

Salary: As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is Grade 7, salary £37,099

Contract Type: Fixed Term contract up to June 2027

Role Summary

Our collaborative team between the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, together with University of Nottingham and the British Geological Survey have recently been awarded grant funding from EPSRC for a project entitled ‘Catalytic Microwave Process for Upgrading of Pyrolysis Liquids from Ubiquitous Plastic Wastes’. The project aims to develop a novel upgrading process for the conversion of waste plastic pyrolysis oils from a range of sources to valuable chemical feedstocks and demonstrate the techno-economic feasibility of scaling-up. 

As a result, we are offering a Research Fellow position in Chemical Engineering to develop the necessary processes and catalysts. Here we detail the specific role, which is initially offered for a duration of up to 36 months.

We seek an experienced Chemical Engineer who will be responsible for carrying out the preparation and characterisation of novel catalysts manufactured from waste materials, testing them in a flow reactor, characterisation of liquid products and formulating models of kinetics and techno-economics to evaluate the scalability and profitability of these technologies industrially.

The ideal candidate will have completed, or be near completed of a PhD in Chemical Engineering or closely related discipline. Previous experience of practical catalysis and operation of rigs are desirable. 

Main Duties

  • Conduct experimental studies of the preparation of cost effective catalysts for upgrading/halogen removal of pyrolysis oils, within area of specialism under the supervision of Prof. Joe Wood
  • Study the heating of pyrolysis oils via resistive and induction heating and deploy these techniques in conjunction with continuous reactor technologies for oil upgrading
  • Investigate the effectiveness of the above techniques stand-alone, in combination, and understand the reaction networks involved in upgrading pyrolysis oils towards target products
  • Study the co-processing mixed plastic and other waste oils and tertiary treatment to produce drop-in fuels
  • Propose and fit kinetic models to the reactor data and carry out techno-economic modelling to determine the profitability and scalability of deploying these technologies industrially
  • Work with the project team including researchers at University of Nottingham, The British Geological Survey and industrial project partners
  • Flexibility to work at Tyseley Energy Park, Birmingham, for occasional analytical work
  • Analyse and interpret data as directed
  • Disseminate research findings, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters

Person Specification

  • Hold or be close to completing a PhD Degree or equivalent in Chemical Engineering or closely related discipline
  • First degree in Chemical Engineering or closely related discipline
  • Ability and experience to plan and carry out laboratory work in catalysis, reaction engineering and/or separation processes
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones via application of data modelling software, e.g. MSExcel or MATLAB
  • High level analytical capability

Informal enquires can be made to Joe Wood, email: j.wood@bham.ac.uk

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the above ‘Apply’ button.

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