Research Associate in NanoMaterials Enhanced Membranes for Carbon Capture

Job Details

Job title: Research Associate in NanoMaterials Enhanced Membranes for Carbon Capture (NANOMEMC2)

School/Support Department: School of Engineering

Unit: Institute for Materials and Processes

Line manager: Dr Maria-Chiara Ferrari

Job Purpose

The primary responsibility includes process simulations of the chosen complete plants including membrane capture process based on the materials developed in the process. This will include the optimisation of the process based on the materials properties.

Main Responsibilities

  1. Modelling of membrane separation processes integrated in power and industrial plants using process flowsheet commercial software and the in-house developed software for the membrane module. (70%)

  2. Dissemination and publication activities, including (but not limited to) writing peer-reviewed journal papers and attending relevant conferences to ensure that results are available in a timely and accessible format for a range of audiences. (15%)

  3. Develop plans for personal research and contribute to wider development of group strategy to identify and agree priorities for current and future work. (5%)

  4. Assist grant holder (line manager) in the preparation of funding proposals and applications to external bodies. (5%)

  5. Assist grant holder to supervise postgraduate students and managing research activities in the group. (5%)

As part of a Research Staff member’s career and professional development as an early career academic, the School has the expectation that the appointee will undertake some limited teaching duties. Not only is teaching experience valuable in developing communication skills, but it leads to a deeper understanding of the subject area.

Planning and Organising

• Determine aims, objectives and deadlines for short to medium term work plan, in discussion with line manager (particularly for medium term planning) 
• Contribute to long-term strategic planning and development of group activities, in discussion with line manager and other researchers 
• Participate in career development activities to support personal longer term planning

Problem Solving

• Simulation of integrated membrane carbon capture processes in relevant plants. 
• Optimisation of plant of separation configurations based on materials properties

Decision Making

• 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 
• Determine when it is best to continue working on a problem independently and when further help should be sought, supported by regular meetings with line manager

Key Contacts/Relationships

• Frequent contact with other RAs on the project, academic staff, other researchers and PhD students in related groups. 
• Regular (monthly) contact with academic and industrial partners on the project

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

• PhD in Chemical Engineering or other related field 
• Experience in modelling of membrane processes. 
• Experience in techno-economical analysis of industrial plants. 
• Excellent ability to work independently and with limited supervision. 
• Excellent ability to work independently and with limited supervision 
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, preferably including presentation skills to a high level and ability to write clearly and concisely to a level consistent with publication in highly regarded international journals

• Experience in Unisim Design. 
• Experience in using C++ in scientific and engineering programming.


• Potential to supervise up to 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 strategic planning within immediate group 
• Contribute to interactions between immediate group and broader communities working in the fields of adsorption and membrane separations, molecular simulations, carbon capture

Job Context and any other relevant information

Throughout the project the post-holder will benefit from multiple contacts in academia and industry, including partners on the project, UK CCS Research Centre ( and the Edinburgh-based Scottish CCS Centre (

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Closing Date: 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Contact Name: 

Dr Maria-Chiara Ferrari

Contact Email: 

Contact Telephone: 

+44 (0) 131 65