Research Associate: Process Modelling of Bioenergy Systems Including Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage

https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=14171

Posted 13 October 2017
£31,604 to £38,833

Closing date: 12 November 2017
Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester

Applications are invited for the above position, which is tenable for 18 months from 1 December 2017 and will be based at the Tyndall Centre for climate change research at the University of Manchester. The Tyndall Centre conducts interdisciplinary research in the field of energy, decarbonisation and climate change mitigation.

The post is associated with two positions: 1) ‘Feasibility of Afforestation and Biomass energy with carbon capture and storage for Greenhouse Gas Removal (FAB-GGR)’, which is part of a large consortium, funded by the NERC and 2) ‘Real Time Control of Gasifiers (RTCoG)’ project, which is part of a large consortium, funded by the EPSRC aiming to explore challenges biomass gasification, tar and feedstock variability. You will be based in the Manchester Institution, but be connected to a team of researchers active across both the projects. You will be situated within an interdisciplinary team of climate and energy researchers within the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, at the University of Manchester.

FAB-GGR is a project funded by NERC, as part of a £8.3 million Greenhouse Gas Removal Research Programme, which will evaluate the potential and wider implications of a variety of options for large-scale removal of greenhouse gases. The interdisciplinary research team is led by the University of East Anglia; the other partner institutions are the University of Exeter and the University of Aberdeen with support from project partners at the Met Office. The project objectives are to a) assess the nature and requirements of afforestation and BECCS supply chains that achieve global net greenhouse gas removal levels of 1 GtCO2/yr and 10 GtCO2/yr respectively and b) explore the real world feasibility of these 1 GtCO2/yr and 10 GtCO2/yr supply chains, by evaluating their associated wider consequential environmental, technical, economic, policy and societal implications and trade-offs. This post will also have an emphasis on process modelling, physical science and engineering, but you will be expected to have an interdisciplinary outlook, as well as being an excellent communicator, as data is required from project partners and beyond.

RTCoG is one of the projects funded by the EPSRC under the Supergen Bioenergy Hub 2nd Challenge call. This project joins together with Universities of Glasgow, Aston and Aberystwyth to address challenges associated with biomass gasification deployment. This post will also have an emphasis on process modelling, physical science and engineering as well as techno-economics, but you will be expected to have an interdisciplinary outlook, as well as being an excellent communicator, as data is required from project partners and beyond.

This post will provide the researcher with a direct link to the wider Tyndall Centre Community, the various Tyndall projects, and allow the researcher to be part of a supportive vibrant team within the University of Manchester.