Deadline: 15.03.2023

Research Associate x2/

University of Bath
United Kingdom

We have an exciting opportunity for two Researchers to join amazing projects within the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Bath. You will be part of the University’s new Institute for Sustainability, with the opportunity to collaborate with the UK’s new Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC).

These opportunities are outlined below, and further information about each role can be found in the Job Descriptions.

Research Associate 1

As part of the UK FIRES project, you will be developing the analysis tools and outputs needed to identify opportunities for UK industry to reach zero emissions. As part of this, we have developed a detailed map of material production and transformation through UK industry, supported by new tools for managing data (such as with Semantic Web technologies) and reconciling material flows. In this role you will further develop and validate this map against other sources, and use it to explore the impacts of changes in how we use carbon-intensive materials in products. As this work forms the basis for several other strands of research, including the C-THRU project below, you will have good opportunities to build links to other research activities.

This role is full time from early 2023 with an expected end date of March 2024.

Research Associate 2

In this role you will join the C-THRU research project, which models energy usage and emissions in the petrochemical supply chain to identify net zero migration pathways. You will contribute to the development of a global model of petrochemical sector carbon emissions, and support the application of methods for data-driven analysis of material flows through industrial systems considering the robustness of model results through uncertainty and sensitivity analysis.

This role is full time from early 2023 with an expected end date of March 2024.

About You

We are looking for applicants who have a PhD or equivalent relevant experience, in industrial ecology, chemical engineering, data science, or related areas. You will also need:

  • Experience of manipulating, processing and interpreting data in a transparent and reproducible way.
  • Familiarity with Python for data analysis and manipulation, or relevant experience in other programming languages and a willingness and ability to transfer this to working in Python.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise your own workload.
  • Excellent oral, interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work within a team.

You will also need some experience in life cycle assessment, material flow analysis, or industrial decarbonisation.

Further information

All positions will be based in Department of Mechanical Engineering.

For Informal enquire please contact Dr Rick Lupton via email [email protected].

What we can offer you:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work.

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University.
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

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We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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