Research Fellow/Research Assistant in Low-Carbon Energy Systems

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Bedford, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 10 Oct 2021

School/Department School of Water, Energy and Environment
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period 30 November 2022
Salary £33,809 per annum (Research Fellow) or £31,059 per annum (Research Assistant)
Apply by 10/10/2021

Role Description

About SWEE, Energy and Power Theme and Centre for Climate and Environmental Protection

Cranfield’s excellence in Water, Energy and Environment is recognised internationally. Industrial-scale facilities underpin our research and development in energy technologies, including biofuels, biomass for energy, carbon capture and renewable energy. Our environment activities include internationally recognised centres of excellence in Environmental Risk and Futures, and Water Science. Agrifood has been a core area since taking over the National College of Agricultural Engineering in the 1970s and we own the soil map for England and Wales.

Cranfield’s Energy and Power Cranfield has been a leader in energy and power for 20 years. Providing a sustainable, secure and affordable energy supply is fundamentally important to our lives. Cranfield is advancing the potential solutions in energy and power to ensure our future needs are met.

We inform the energy and power industry and government because our expertise is world-renowned for both the engineering and management of energy solutions. Our research is making a difference in the sector: from increasingly efficient oil platforms to the cutting edge of renewable energy technologies.

About the Role

You will add technical expertise and deliver the design, process optimisation, and techno-economic assessment of carbon capture for the industrial sector and low carbon energy.  You will have a specific set of responsibilities within the research projects. There may be a combination of research and teaching, with appropriate organising and managing in support of these activities.

You will work primarily on the “Deep Decarbonisation of Sugar Refinery” project in collaboration with industrial partners, Tate & Lyle Sugars (TLS) and Origen Power. The project aims to assess the feasibility of novel calcium looping concepts to capture carbon dioxide from the flue gases of TLS refinery plant.

With the support project team, you will be expected to develop the process models and conduct the feasibility assessments of carbon capture and low-carbon energy systems. You will also be expected to actively contribute to high-quality dissemination of the research outputs via drafting manuscripts to high-impact-factor journals and presenting at relevant conferences.

About You

You will have a PhD (or near completion; or MSc/MRes with additional working experience) in carbon capture, power engineering, energy, or related discipline. You must have extensive experience in process design and conducting techno-economic feasibility assessment of carbon capture and low-carbon energy systems, be fluent in process modelling using commercial software (eg.  such as Aspen Plus, Ebsilon Pro, and Engineering Equation Solver) or in-house process modelling software, and be able to develop new ones. You must have also demonstrated a strong track record via publications in high-quality journals.

In return, you have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, to be at the forefront of world-leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

Your career at Cranfield will be enhanced through access to fully equipped shared laboratory and pilot facilities, extensive research and business training through our learning and development team and doctoral training centres in a collegiate and supportive environment.

Our Values

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here . We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential.

Diversity and Inclusion

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we are members of WES & Working Families, and sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day.

Flexible Working

We are currently piloting hybrid working arrangements until April 2022. This means the majority of our staff are spending between 40% and 60% of their time working from the office where their job roles allow.

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed, or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role. Find out more here .

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr Ali Nabavi, Lecturer in Energy Systems, on (E):

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