Lecturer in Bioenergy / Biomass Systems


Energy and Power Theme

Bioenergy and Resource Management Centre

Location: Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Here at Cranfield, we can offer you the opportunity and resources to really develop your career.

We already have 70 years of successful research and teaching behind us, all based  on the knowledge, skills and abilities of our staff and our undoubted ability to partner with and develop our post-graduate students.  We host a suite of unique, near industrial-scale facilities that attract funding from the energy and power sector and we lead strategic partnerships with this sector and Research Councils.  This is all based on a rural campus within easy reach of London and international airports with plenty of affordable housing nearby.

Cranfield University is an exclusively postgraduate institution and a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.  Staff working in our School of Water Energy and Environment (SWEE) lead in delivering solutions for the green economy, a rapidly integrated perspective on the world characterised by the opportunities of next generation sustainability.

The Intergovernmental Panel at Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that bioenergy (including wood biomass) will provide 35% of electricity and 75% of fuels stocks by 2050. Bioenergy is expected to contribute significantly to the UK’s target for renewable sources with at least 15% of total energy consumption by 2020. Bioenergy offers flexibility for low carbon energy supply and can lead to genuine carbon savings across all key vectors of power, heat, liquid and gaseous fuels. Waste is also a valuable resource to generate energy such as electricity, heat and transport fuels. Biomass and waste streams can be exploited as feedstocks in other value chains through biorefining and valorisation to maximise the efficient use of resources and the value of products. Based on this and driven by the growing debate over global warming and other environmental problems, the production of alternative fuels and chemicals is strategically important.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a lectureship in the area of Bioenergy/Biomass Systems to join our team of academics.  The post is broadly defined and aims to develop research in the area(s) of bioenergy, integrated bio and waste refining and waste management.  Your expertise will complement that of international experts in thermochemical processing, waste management, advanced thermal conversion and anaerobic digestion.

You will have the drive and determination to make a difference to the future of use of biomass and bioenergy.

A PhD in Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Industrial Biotech or Mechanical Engineering, a working background in bioenergy/ bioprocessing/ biorefining/ biomass/waste valorisation and extensive experience of conducting high impact, internationally excellent research within the field of Bioenergy/Biomass Systems, and experience of winning research grants, running research projects, and working in multidisciplinary collaborations is essential. You will have a track record of publishing high impact journal articles in one or more aspects of bioenergy, biomass valorisation or energy storage. You will have a commitment to scientific rigour, a passion for solving applied problems, and enjoy engaging with experts and opinion-formers in academia, industry and Government. Ideally you will have experience in both an industry and academic setting.

If you have built your own reputation through extensive research, an impressive publications record and a great student teaching approach and you excel in delivering timely and high quality support to industry and government, with a passion for the environment agenda, we would like to partner with you to take you – and us – to the next level of ambition.

For an informal discussion regarding this position, please contact Professor Gary Leeke or E:, Tel: +44 (0)1234 754729.

Apply online now at or contact us for further details on

E: or T: +44 (0)1234 750111 ext. 4951. For any enquiries, please quote reference number 2214.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 31 August 2016

Interview date: 22 September 2016


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