Research Assistant or Fellow in Green Technologies for Resource Recovery

Cranfield University

Cranfield, , GB

Role Description

Cranfield University’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

Cranfield University School of Water, Energy and Environment welcomes applications from postgraduates in Science Communications.

About Water

Cranfield Water is one of the eight themes at Cranfield University offering world-class and niche post-graduate level research, education, training and consultancy. We are unique in our multi-disciplinary approach It is home to two internationally recognised centres of excellence: Cranfield Water Science Institute (CWSI) and the Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D)

CWSI has a proud reputation for its research on the science, engineering and management of water. Our lives and livelihoods are dependent on the natural and engineered water cycles. Accordingly, research and skills development in water treatment and management have never been more vital. Cranfield’s research in these areas is applied and industry focused, and we have been driving innovation for over 40 years.

Visit the Cranfield website to learn more about the School’s current research activities, taught programmes and impact: Learn more about Water

About the Role

You will investigate ammonia recovery processes from brines at lab-scale and pilot-scale. The brines originate from a demonstration scale ion exchange process located at a wastewater treatment plant and is close to implementation.

This project will be looking specifically into ammonia recovery from brines using techniques such as stripping, and membrane separation and the N recovered as salts or ammonia rich solutions at lab-scale and pilot-scale. The products will be further characterised, and impurities measured using state of the art equipment. This study is built on fundamental knowledge of gas-liquid separation and crystallisation.

The recommended processes and products will be characterised with LCA, business case and potential products end market explored together with NEXT-GEN partners.

Besides the experimental work, you will assist on the supervision of an MSc by research student and contribute to the project reporting. You will also be supporting activities with the Green Technology (GreenTech) Grand Challenge (GC) for 15% of your time (first two months of the appointment). The Green Technology (GreenTech) Grand Challenge (GC) is a university wide initiative that aims to accelerate the development and implementation of sustainable technologies across a wide range of sectors: from manufacturing, materials, transport, to aerospace, energy, water services, and waste management.

About You

You will have a PhD (or close to completion) in chemistry, engineering, physics or science, ideally together with experience in membrane and chemical/physical processes in the wastewater field. This requires knowledge of gas stripping, separation processes using chemical/physical and membrane processes. You should have experience on pilot-plant operation and laboratory analysis of wastewater and gases. Excellent English language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), a strong scientific publication track record is essential, as well as, due to the travel required, a UK valid driving licence.

Experience planning, managing and delivering short-term projects, preparing research proposals to RCUK, reginal agencies, etc, according to the required standards, is highly desirable.

In return, you will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key Research position, and to supportworld leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

Our Values

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here. We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential.

Diversity and Inclusion

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we are members of WES & Working Families, and sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day.

Flexible Working

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role. Find out more here.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Professor Ana Soares, Professor of Biotechnology Engineering, on (T): +44 (0)1234 758121 or (E): [email protected]