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Research Associate


Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £35,333 to £37,474 per annum
Grade:  Grade 08
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (12 months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Wednesday 14 December 2022
Interview Date:  Monday 09 January 2023
Reference:  R220790
Release Date:  Monday 21 November 2022

Applications are invited from candidates with relevant experience for a 12-month full-time Research Associate position in the Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals Research team within Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI). EBRI is one of Aston University’s flagship research institutes and is part of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The successful applicant will join a research institute that boasts of a vibrant team of experienced and young researchers, to develop their career around various aspects of energy, bioenergy and sustainable chemicals. The role involves the selection, preparation and application of non-noble metal heterogeneous catalysts for upgrading of pyrolysis bio-oil to produce liquid hydrocarbon fuels within the kerosene and diesel fuels range. The successful applicant will join our Aston team as part of the consortium to deliver the IUK PyroPower Africa2 (PPPA2) project funded by Innovate UK. The project involves involving several academic and industrial partners.

The researcher will carry out laboratory-based investigation on catalytic upgrading of bio-oils produced from the pyrolysis of agricultural residues in Nigeria by the lead project partner, based on existing process developed from a previous project.  The main objective is to develop cheaper, non-noble metal heterogeneous catalysts produce a biokerosene component that meets Nigeria’s household kerosene (HHK) standard. The role will also involve detailed analytical characterisation of bio-oil feedstock, reaction products and catalysts as well contributing to process optimisation.

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