We are seeking to recruit a talented and enthusiastic Research Associate with strong modelling, simulation and digitalisation backgrounds to conduct research on digital twin of electrochemical manufacturing processes and systems. The appointed Research Associate will create a digital-twin-empowered intelligent manufacturing system that will self-optimise the multistage biomanufacturing route with carbon capture and utilisation (BMCCU) process and system. The digital twin will reflect real time update of the physical twin developed by the experimental team at Imperial College, and embed the economic, environmental and social indicators from the system sustainability team at Heriot-Watt University.

Full project details

This project is part of a multi-institutional EPSRC programme focused on Sustainable Manufacturing with advanced electrochemical approaches. The programme involves 4 universities (Surrey, Loughborough, Imperial College London, and Heriot-Watt) and a number of industrial partners. Our vision is to create the first-of-its-kind Zero Carbon Loss manufacturing system that will pave the way for the UK to reach the 2050 Net Zero target, and achieve the Green Industrial Revolution. This will be enabled by developing a novel biomanufacturing route with carbon capture and utilisation (BMCCU) that can produce sustainable bioproducts (e.g., detergents, polymer, medicine, etc) with net zero loss of carbon resources flow throughout the manufacturing life cycle and supply chain. The project will also take a whole system approach to address wider economic, social and environmental challenges for the sustainable evolution of bio-based industries.

The project is led by Prof Jin Xuan.

This project will be based in the Faculty of Engineering and physical sciences in the school of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

About you

Candidates must hold (or be close to completion of) a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or other relevant major degrees. Candidates should apply online, carefully answer all the application form questions, and attach a curriculum vitae (with details on education, research experiences, successes and the relevant publications to date). As part of the application, the applicant should also upload two letters of recommendation as the supporting documents.

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£34,980) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£36,024).

How to apply

Please apply with a CV and Cover letter. Prospective applicants can contact Prof. Jin Xuan (j.xuan@surrey.ac.uk) or Dr. Lei Xing (l.xing @surrey.ac.uk) if they need any specific further information on the post.

Further details: https://jobs.surrey.ac.uk/Upload/vacancies/files/13760/Job%20Description%20-%20Research%20Fellow%20-%20BMCCU%20new.pdf

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