Research Assistant/Associate in Atmospheric Methane Removal (Fixed Term)

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A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on Atmospheric Methane Removal.

The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The key responsibilities and duties are:

  • Research on fluid structure interactions for catalytic removal of pollutants, including:
    1) Scoping analysis of applications, including building surfaces, ducting and designated forced air convection systems. 2) Global analysis of potential removal rates given the range of fluxes that exist for forced and natural convection systems. 3) Device development to match methane fluxes and catalyst technologies.
  • Application of analytical fluid dynamic techniques, combined with numerical and empirical approaches to determine fluxes at device to global scales.
  • Writing of progress reports to fulfil the requirements of the grant and contribution to research publications of the University's Energy Group.
  • Liaise and collaborate with project partners.
  • Organisation and attendance to project relevant meetings with project partners and other academic and industrial participants.
  • Contribution to the preparation of proposals and applications for funding to external bodies, such as the European Commission and the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are:

  • Applicants must have (or are about to obtain) a PhD in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics or a related discipline pertaining to fluid structure interactions and mass transport.
  • Knowledge and experience in applying fluid theory to scales ranging from global-scale fluids, urban scale building-fluid interactions and device level fluid-catalyst mass transport. Additional work in computational modelling and using empirical data to support approaches is desired. This will be used to examine scaled removal of methane abatement technologies.

The candidate should be able to:

  • Communicate technical content across specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Structure and present technical project reports.

The candidate should have:

  • Research experience, for example via a dissertation thesis, in fluid dynamics and mass transport.
  • Experience in using analytical, numerical and empirical approaches to analysing and optimizing mass transport.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges:
Research Assistant: £29,605 - £33,966
Research Associate: £36,024 - £44,263

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 15 months in the first instance.

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If you have any questions about this vacancy of a technical nature, please contact Adam Boies or the application process, please contact: Elizabeth Howard

Please quote reference NM39549 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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