Aston University

Aston University

Research Associate in Bio-OIl Upgrading (0256-24)

Research Associate in Bio-OIl Upgrading EBRI Location: Aston University Main Campus

Salary: £38,205 to £44,263 per annum Grade: Grade 08 Contract Type: Fixed Term (6 months)

Basis: Full Time Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Friday 24 May 2024 Interview Date: Friday 31 May 2024 Reference: 0256-24 Release Date: Tuesday 14 May 2024

Applications are invited from candidates with relevant experience for a 6-month full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals Research team within Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI). EBRI is one of Aston University's flagship research institutes and is part of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. If successful you will join a research institute that boasts a vibrant team of experienced early career researchers, exploring various aspects of energy, bioenergy and sustainable chemicals. This role involves the use of a continuous laboratory-scale rig for upgrading of pyrolysis bio-oil to produce liquid hydrocarbon fuels within the kerosene and diesel fuel ranges. In addition, the upgraded fuels will be tested using a dedicated engine to determine combustion and emission characteristics. You will join our Aston team as part of the consortium to deliver the IUK PyroPower Africa2 (PPA2) project funded by Innovate UK. The project involves several academic and industrial partners and the main objective is to produce a biokerosene component that meets Nigeria's household kerosene (HHK) standard.

You will carry out laboratory-based investigation on catalytic upgrading of bio-oils produced from the pyrolysis of agricultural residues from Nigeria by the lead project partner, being developed during the project. Results from this work will be used to develop a process model for potential scale-up. The role will also involve detailed analytical characterisation of catalysts, feedstock and reaction products, mass and energy balance calculations and process optimisation.

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Job details


Research Associate in Bio-OIl Upgrading (0256-24)


Aston University


United Kingdom


May 15, 2024

Application deadline

May 24, 2024

Job type



Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Engineering,Physics,Space 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.

Aston is a university of global repute. Students across the world come to study at a prestigious university. The university considers all the aspects of students. It provides counseling, medical, legal (VISA and other), and other services to students. There are indoor and outdoor sports arenas, fitness centers, swimming pools, cafeterias, banks, and other facilities at the campus.

The university offers modern accommodation facilities to students. There are various student clubs at the university that organizes sports meets, music fests, dance competitions, literary fest, art exhibitions, and other events. All these events comprise cross-disciplinary participation that helps to build team spirits among students. Aston University offers various scholarships and study loans to students so that all can have access to education beyond any financial barrier. Aston University maintains a high record of placements. Students passing from the university are recruited by leading companies with high remuneration packages.

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