Research Technician (Carbon Dioxide Utilization Agri-Tech)

University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield – Chemical and Biological Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering ( is a thriving department in the Faculty of Engineering with a vibrant research culture. Research areas include Carbon Dioxide Utilization (CDU), nanotechnology, particle science, energy technologies and post-genomics bioscience for biotechnology and bioprocessing applications. The Department is currently experiencing a period of rapid expansion in both research and teaching. The successful applicant will become a member of the UK Centre for Carbon Dioxide Utilization which is a leading multi-disciplinary research centre at Sheffield.

Working under the guidance of Professor Peter Styring, you will play a major role in design, build and commissioning of a pilot-scale reactor for the production of 250 kg/day of a fertilizer using CO2 as the chemical feedstock. The work will be part of a local and national team including a Research Associate and a postgraduate research student at Sheffield. The national team includes ITM-Power, Waitrose, BPE and FERA. The research is funded by the TSB Agri-Tech Catalyst call in collaboration with BBSRC. The project will work to a tight management plan with key deliverable dates leading up to commissioning on a Waitrose farm. The project will include construction of a pilot plant with energy integration over the whole system.  As part of the construction phase we will be working towards CE marking of the individual modules and the complete system.

Contract Type: Fixed term for 18 months from 1 November 2015

You will have experience in the machining of custom components for a chemical process system. A PhD (or equivalent experience) in a closely related area is essential. Proven ability to assimilate data and write technical reports in English and experience in the assembly of components into a chemical process system is essential.

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