Job opportunity – Research Associate in Manchester

Process modelling of bioenergy systems including bioenergy with carbon capture and storage

Closing Date : 09/09/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 1 September 2017 until 28 February 2019
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : £31,076 to £38,183 per annum according to experience
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-10484

Applications are invited for the above position, which is tenable for 18 months from 1st September 2017 and will be based at the Tyndall Centre for climate change research at Aston University. The Tyndall Centre conducts interdisciplinary research in the field of energy, decarbonisation and climate change mitigation.

The post is associated with two positions: 1) ‘Feasibility of Afforestation and Biomass energy with carbon capture and storage for Greenhouse Gas Removal (FAB-GGR)’, which is part of a large consortium, funded by the NERC and 2) ‘Real Time Control of Gasifiers (RTCoG)’ project, which is part of a large consortium, funded by the EPSRC aiming to explore challenges biomass gasification, tar and feedstock variability. You will be based in the Manchester Institution, but will be connected to a team of researchers active across both the projects. You will be situated within an interdisciplinary team of climate and energy researchers within the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, at Aston University.

FAB-GGR is a project funded by NERC, as part of a £8.3 million Greenhouse Gas Removal Research Programme, which will evaluate the potential and wider implications of a variety of options for large-scale removal of greenhouse gases. The interdisciplinary research team is led by the University of East Anglia; the other partner institutions are the University of Exeter and the University of Aberdeen with support from project partners at the Met Office. The project objectives are to a) assess the nature and requirements of afforestation and BECCS supply chains that achieve global net greenhouse gas removal levels of 1 GtCO2/yr and 10 GtCO2/yr respectively and b) explore the real world feasibility of these 1 GtCO2/yr and 10 GtCO2/yr supply chains, by evaluating their associated wider consequential environmental, technical, economic, policy and societal implications and trade-offs. This post will also have an emphasis on process modelling, physical science and engineering, but you will be expected to have an interdisciplinary outlook, as well as being an excellent communicator, as data is required from project partners and beyond.

RTCoG is one of the projects funded by the EPSRC under the SuperGen Bioenergy Hub 2nd Challenge call. This project joins together with Universities of Glasgow, Aston and Aberystwyth to address challenges associated with biomass gasification deployment.

This post will provide you with a direct link to the wider Tyndall Centre Community, the various Tyndall projects, and allow you to be part of a supportive vibrant team within Aston University.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies


Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Paul Gilbert


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further Particulars

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