Research Fellow in Desalination and Water Treatment

University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Apply By: 
23 August 2020
9 days remaining

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Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322, with potential progression once in post to £42,792

Grade 7

Full time / Fixed term contract until 31st October 2022

Closing date: 23rd August 2020

Summary of Role 

  • Plan and conduct research in water treatment especially membrane desalination
  • Design systems to satisfy input and output water quality specifications
  • Carry out experiments in the lab and in the field
  • Collaborate in an interdisciplinary and international team
  • Contribute to broader areas of project management, writing of research bids, and supervision of students in related-research activities

Main Duties

Responsibilities will include: 

  • Commission and review water quality analysis for the purpose of treatment system design, for domestic or agricultural applications
  • Design membrane desalination systems using Reverse Osmosis (RO) 
  • Select and design other treatment methods for pre-treatment, post-treatment and brine management (e.g. media filters, anti-scalant dosing, ion exchange, nanofiltration, photocatalysis, crystallisation etc) 
  • Contribute to the development of the novel batch RO process developed at University of Birmingham
  • Carry out design calculations and select/use relevant software relating to above
  • Set up lab-scale units for testing and verification using synthetic feed water
  • Contribute to design and monitoring of systems in the field
  • Test systems, interpret the results and compare to design calculations, recommending and implementing improvements accordingly
  • Liaise with international partners collaborating in the project
  • Undertake management and administration duties arising from the research
  • Contribute to writing bids for further research funding
  • Assist in supervision of students on related research work, and help provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, preparing conference presentations and posters
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of the benefit to the School and University

Person Specification


  • First degree in engineering or applied science discipline
  • Doctorate in relevant research area (or equivalent experience)
  • Ability in analysis and modelling of process technologies and/or systems
  • Ability to design, modify and operate experimental equipment and to make and interpret observations reliably
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively 
  • Contribute to the planning and organisation of the research project
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to work effectively towards overall project objectives and meet agreed deadlines
  • Ability to identify and learn new techniques, through self-study, training and/or continuing professional development. 


  • Masters level qualification and/or industrial experience in water science/water technology or related topic
  • Experience of research in membrane desalination systems
  • Experience in design of pre-treatment and anti-scalant dosing for membrane RO

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