Aston University

Aston University

Research Assistant/Associate Rice Straw Bioenergy (0075-24)

United Kingdom

Closing in 11 days

Research Assistant/Associate Rice Straw Bioenergy EBRI Location: Aston University Main Campus

Salary: £32,332 to £44,263 per annum Grade: Grade 07 to Grade 08 Contract Type: Fixed Term (31/08/2025)

Basis: Full Time Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Monday 04 March 2024 Interview Date: Thursday 14 March 2024 Reference: 0075-24 Release Date: Friday 09 February 2024

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University as a Research Assistant/Associate (based on qualification and experience) to carry out social, socio-economic and policy research on bioenergy systems in the Philippines. This position offers the unique opportunity to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment and apply social science in an engineering-focused research area.

This role is part of the Rice Straw Biogas Hub, funded by Innovate UK under Energy Catalyst Round 8. The project supports the transformation of energy access and highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in the Global South. After successfully establishing a rice straw biogas pilot plant in the Philippines, the researcher will work with industrial, academic and third- sector partners to identify and evaluate commercialisation opportunities.

The researcher will be based at EBRI, Aston University, UK and be part of the EBRI Systems group. However, the researcher will also be required to conduct fieldwork and research activities in the Philippines.

Knowledge of bioenergy systems, renewable energy and sustainability as well as experience in social and socio-economic assessment, fieldwork and stakeholder engagement are required.

For enquiries, please get in touch with Mirjam Roeder ([email protected]) to arrange an informal discussion.

Please refer to our Aston University benefits page to see the how Aston recognises the contributions staff make and the comprehensive rewards and benefits packages available for staff.

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Job details


Research Assistant/Associate Rice Straw Bioenergy (0075-24)


Aston University


United Kingdom


February 09, 2024

Application deadline

March 04, 2024

Job type



Agricultural Science,Engineering,Geosciences,Physics,Social Science

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Aston University is a leading public research university in the UK. Established in 1966, The university campus is located on a green 60 acre, self-contained site in the center of Birmingham. Aston University is an internationally acknowledged center for education and research endeavor. The university offers undergraduate, postgraduate, apprenticeship, foundation, and executive programs across disciplines. It also offers arrays of online courses. All the programs offered at the university are designed corresponding to the trends and demands of the industry and business globally.

The various faculties and schools of the university include Engineering & Applied Science, Aston Graduate School, Languages & Social Sciences, Aston Business School, Life & Health Sciences, and Aston Medical School. The team of faculty of Aston University comprises highly qualified professors as well as experts from respective industries. Modern tools and logical approaches like case studies are adopted in teaching methodologies. Besides theoretical sessions, the university gives emphasis on the practical training of students. Skill development programs are carried out to inculcate dexterity for leading-edge technologies among students.

Aston University boasts a world-class infrastructure at the campus offering the finest learning experience. There are hi-tech laboratories, libraries, studios, and IT centers, and seminar halls at the campus supporting an environment for advanced knowledge. Aston University is a hub for world-leading research initiatives. To undertake the highest quality of research, the university has established advanced research centers. 78% of the research has been evaluated ‘World-leading’ by Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The university has teamed up with universities and research institutes across the world for knowledge sharing and collaborative research initiatives. Further, the university maintains partnerships with the industry for sponsored research programs.

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