Research Associate/Fellow in Techno-Economic Analysis of Renewable Chemicals and Fuels Production (Fixed-term)
University of Nottingham Department of Green Chemicals Beacon (Engineering)
United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow in Techno-Economic Analysis of Renewable Chemicals and Fuels Production (Fixed-term)





Closing Date

    Tuesday, 28th May 2019

Job Type



    Green Chemicals Beacon (Engineering)


    £27025 to £33199 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30,395 with relevant PhD).


The University of Nottingham is inviting applications for a Research Associate/Fellow position in the field of Techno-economic Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment and application to the production of renewable chemicals and fuels.


You will lead economic and environmental impact modelling activities to quantify the technical, environmental and financial viability of emerging technology opportunities. You will work collaboratively with Beacon partners, taking responsibility for the development of software tools for both the rapid assessment of technologies being developed at laboratory scale and in-depth evaluation of more mature technologies on the verge of commercialisation. You will identify opportunities for the integration of the techno-economic tools with other assessment methodologies to comprehensively evaluate financial, environmental and social viability.


This position is supported under the Green Chemicals Beacon of Excellence, part of a landmark investment by the University of Nottingham aimed at increasing collaboration, strengthening networks and partnerships, attracting diverse funding, and raising the reputation of our world-changing research. The Green Chemicals Beacon addresses the challenge of securing the low carbon bio-economy of the future. We are spearheading the transformation of energy-intensive economies into low-carbon societies. We will pioneer in this multi-disciplinary field, integrating our world-leading expertise in metabolic engineering, process development and sustainable chemistry. Together with our extraordinary track-record of industrial collaboration, we are creating a cutting-edge sustainable processing platform that will unleash economic potential for our collaborators. Facing up to global challenges, our research will have transformational impacts on agriculture, industry and health.


You are required to have a PhD (or be about to obtain) in a relevant field, with a background in chemical engineering being particularly desirable. Experience developing process simulation and quantitative evaluation tools – outside of commercial software packages - is essential for the position. A background in complementary evaluation tools, including life cycle assessment, is desirable but not a requirement. Specific experience with industrial biotechnology and bioenergy systems is advantageous. Excellent communication skills are essential.


This full-time position will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 36 months in the first instance, with the opportunity to extend this contract subject to funding availability and by mutual decision. The position is available to immediately and job share arrangements may be considered.


Please refer to the Role Profile Form for a complete description of the requirements of the position and list of essential and desired attributes of candidates.


Informal enquiries may be sent to Dr Jon McKechnie ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.


Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit;

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