Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Chemical Species Tomography

1. Job Details

Job title: Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Chemical Species Tomography

School: School of Engineering

Unit: Institute for Digital Communications

Line manager: Prof. Hugh McCann

2. Job Purpose

To implement IR Chemical Species Tomography (CST) systems on a variety of combustion plant, such as marine engines and gas turbines, and to explore process engineering applications of electrical tomography.

3. Main Responsibilities (Approx. % of time)

  1. Design, build and test optical, mechanical and electronic sub-systems for new applications of CST (30%);
  2. Provide expert analogue and digital electronic support to all activities in the Agile Tomography group (20%);
  3. Participate in writing journal and conference papers on the above (20%);
  4. Liaise closely with collaborators from other institutions, and from industry (10%);
  5. Maintain detailed overall project plans, with regular updates (10%);
  6. Draft regular progress reports and attend project review meetings, presenting project status (10%).

4. Planning and Organising

• Work with the line manager to define and plan a programme of relevant research work and then to produce publishable results within appropriate timescales 
• Work independently to plan the schedule of tasks to ensure that work of the projects progresses according to agreed overall timetable 
• Organise own time so that different aspects of current projects can proceed in parallel giving due consideration to the needs of other members of the team 
• Be proactive in interacting with project partners to share data and ideas 
• Take a leadership role in regular project meetings to report and review progress, and to generate new ideas and lines of research 
• Determine the aims, objectives and deadlines for short to medium term work plan, in discussion with the Line Manager (particularly for medium term planning). 
• Contribute to long-term strategic planning and development of group activities, in discussion with the Line Manager and other researchers.

5. Problem Solving

• Be resourceful in overcoming problems encountered in the development of new approaches and the implementation of existing techniques in the normal course of the research. 
• Define the methodology to solve the problems in the project. 
• Work in close cooperation with the other project investigators, project partners, technical staff, and PhD students working on the project to resolve problems, as required.

6. Decision Making

• The post-holder should be able to organise their work schedule to ensure satisfactory progress and to meet the demands (where realistic) of other project partners, PhD students, etc. The successful candidate will play an important role as a member of the team in making daily decisions about their own plan of work and the allocation of time and resources. 
• Manage day-to-day work load, making independent decisions about immediate priorities to meet short and medium term targets that have been agreed with Line Manager.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships

Frequent (daily to weekly) contact with other researchers in the project team and relevant research groups including academic staff, other postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.

Regular (weekly to monthly) contact with other researchers working on relevant problems in the University of Edinburgh.

Regular (typically monthly) contact with key stakeholders, likely to include industry.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


• A good undergraduate degree and a PhD in electrical/electronic Engineering or a clearly related area, with a focus on chemical species tomography, or a closely related area 
• Proven track record of research in chemical species tomography or electrical tomography. 
• A record of peer-reviewed journal and conference papers in a relevant area 
• Capable of working collaboratively with researchers from different disciplines or technical background. 
• Capable of working independently, exercising a high degree of initiative and demonstrating a pro-active and flexible approach to work. 
• Ability to work under pressure and meet agreed milestones. 
• Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships. 
• Good time-keeping and time-management, with associated effective prioritisation of tasks. 
• Good communication skills; oral, writing and presentation of data. 
• Ability to contribute ideas and initiate new ways of working. 
• Have in-depth knowledge of CST technology and image reconstruction methods, and will be able to adapt optical, mechanical and both analogue and digital electronic sub-systems to new target processes.


• Ability to be adaptive and accepting of new ideas and a willingness to approach new challenges and adjusts plans to meet new priorities. 
• Some experience in digital electronics

9. Dimensions

• Potential to help supervise up to 2 PhD students and 2-4 Masters project students 
• Work collaboratively with other PDRAs, industrial and academic partners, PhD students from the participating and related groups and researchers from other universities 
• Responsibility for regular progress reporting to project partners 
• Keep line manager up-to-date with progress 
• Contribute to interactions between immediate group and broader communities working in the fields of chemical species tomography.

Job Context and any other relevant information

Throughout the period of employment the post-holder will benefit from multiple contacts from academia and industry within the Agile Tomography group and within the CIDER Platform Grant collaboration with collaborating partners at Strathclyde University and several companies.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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+44(0)131 6505566