The Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC) is seeking a versatile and competent Engineering Research Fellow to undertake, reports and publish research findings and where appropriate lead elements in projects. The research is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), in a consortium project (EP/N009746/1} - Liquid Fuels and bioenergy Supply from CO2 Reduction (Lifes-CO2R); and a WEFO ERDF consortium project (FLEXIS). Effort will be in proportion to the project requirements. The post is funded at 100% Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for 2 years.
The EPSRC consortium includes Universities of Newcastle (lead), Surrey, Oxford, Sheffield and South Wales, and has several internationally leading collaborators and industrial associates. The WEFO project is led by Cardiff University and includes Swansea University and University of South Wales. The post holder will contribute to research which aims to reduce the impact of carbon emissions by studying environmentally benign processes to recover energy and produce gaseous and liquid fuels through bioelectrochemical systems (BES), converting organic wastes from an environmental burden to a resource using electro-active bacteria as catalysts.
The feasibility and applicability of bio-catalysed reactions to synthesis alkanes, hydrogen and other products will be investigated. The implications of deploying such process will be investigated by the Post Holder, who will work with colleagues and partners to understand the technological and inform the lifecycle performance of such systems. The Post Holder will provide data to extrapolate to large scale operations through modelling and experimentation and should expect to model, design, operate and analyse specific BES both empirically and computationally.
The post will be based at the University's Treforest and Upper Glyntaff campus and the successful candidate will be expected to visit the University’s other campuses, partner institutions and premises and external venues as required by the role.