Research Technician (Biological wastewater treatment)

University of Southampton
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £25,217 to £30,046 Pro rata per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (01/04/2021 - 30/11/2021)
Closing Date:  Sunday 03 January 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1311520DA

Biological wastewater treatment is designed to degrade and remove pollutants in water by enriching and cultivating relevant microorganisms, which can be present in suspended form or immobilised forms such as biofilm or granular sludge. You will work on our existing laboratory-scale bioreactors to cultivate biofilm-based sludge for organic carbon and nutrient removal from municipal wastewater.  In addition, we are working together with our industrial partner on the operation of demonstration-scale bioreactors for wastewater treatment with a similar technology. You are NOT required to carry out on-site demonstration-scale reactor operation, but you will analyse water samples delivered by our industrial partner for the comparison with our laboratory-scale reactors regarding pollutant removal performance.   

It is essential you have skill level equivalent to achievement of HNC, A-Level, NVQ3 with proven work experience acquired in relevant technical support role and job related training in environmental or chemical engineering or Chemistry or Biology or biotechnology.  In additional knowledge of biological wastewater treatment and basic analytical skills are a must.  You will demonstrate a commitment to achieve the project aims, as well as the ability to manage your time to deliver the required results. 

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016.   We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, onsite childcare facilities

 The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

 *subject to qualifying criteria

Please feel free to send your informal enquiries to Dr. Yongqiang Liu < >

Application Procedure  

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email  Please quote reference 1311520DA on all correspondence.