Research Associate/ Research Assistant in Sustainable Sludge Valorisation Technology for Closed-Loop

Newcastle University

Newcastle, UK 🇬🇧

Requisition ID:  26393

Location:  Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term

Working Pattern:  Full Time

Posted Date:  16 Feb 2024


Research Assistant: £31,396 to £32,982 per annum

Research Associate: £33,966 to £44,263 per annum

Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

Closing Date: 14 March 2024

The Role

You are invited for a Research Assistant/Associate position in developing a robust, carbon-neutral & cost-effective process to treat sludge and to recover valuable materials and clean water from it. It is a prosperity partnership, collaborative research project with a manufacturing and process development company located in Carlisle. This EPSRC funded 3-year position will be based in Chemical and Civil Engineering group within the School of Engineering.  You will join a diverse community of colleagues based in Newcastle in our newly renovated Stephenson Building.

You will have the opportunity to collaborate with multidisciplinary academic colleagues in the school as well as industry partners such as wastewater treatment companies and the more broader water industry to design and develop sustainable sludge valorisation technology to achieve the goals of the project.

You will play a key role in establishing and optimising protocols, designing, and implementing experiments, supporting students with their research projects as well as writing reports/papers for publications and dissemination.

We are keen to hear from those of you who have a keen interest in the field of environmental engineering or chemical engineering.  To be highly successful in this role, you will bring with you experience and knowledge in chemical processes including all steps from experimental design to sample preparation, materials characterisation, and data analysis along with a good publication record. Experience in computer programming, simulation and data management is also essential. We are particularly interested in hearing from people who can demonstrate good organisational and communication skills with the demonstrable experience of working independent and in a team.

To apply, please upload your CV and letter of application which outlines how your skills, experience and knowledge align with the job description found here.

Please reach out to Anh Phan at to have a chat about this opportunity.

Support and benefits

You will benefit from working with academics and industry experts across the transport sector. We follow the Researcher Development Concordat. We enable all staff to fulfil their research potential regardless of career stage. This commitment secures our thriving research culture and vibrant research environment. Our offer to each individual and their researcher development involves: mentoring, annual research planning discussions, pooled research funding to support career development and research activities, peer review support for the development of research and innovation funding applications.

As an EPSRC funded role, the successful applicant may be eligible for the Endorsed Funder Route of the Global Talent Visa. We can provide an interest free loan scheme to support applicants who need to apply for a visa.  We can also provide relocation support for applicants who are relocating from outside of the region.

We would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working.

 Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.

We are committed to being a fully inclusive university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all of our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.

At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC.  We are a Disability Confident employer and will offer an interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role as part of the offer and interview scheme.

In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe. 

Requisition ID: 26393






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