Research Associate (Fixed Term Contract)

Job title Research Associate (Fixed Term Contract)

Department Chemical Engineering

Salary Starting from £31,342, rising to £37,394

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Monday 13 July 2015

Closing date Tuesday 01 September 2015

Interview date Monday 21 September 2015

Reference CT3291

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This position is provided by the University of Bath as part of a major project that links eight different institutions, the Universities of Bath, Southampton, London, Nottingham, Aberystwyth University, Loughborough University, University College London, HR Wallingford, as well as industrial partners such as Wessex Water,

The project, entitled “vaccinating the nexus” is funded through a prestigious 3-year research grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The demand for water, energy, and food (WEF) is increasing with a growing population and a larger proportion of people living high hydrocarbon dependent lifestyles. This is placing unprecedented pressure on global WEF resources, a situation that will be exacerbated with a shifting climate. To meet this demand and to ensure long-term WEF security there is a need for integrated, efficient, and sustainable resources management across the sectors. This is essential to enhance and maintain quality of life, and requires the overall system to adapt over appropriate timescales. Analogous to the human immune system, resilience can be enhanced by learning from shocks to the WEF nexus that lead to recovery and adaptation through improving the systems long-term memory. Through shocks to the system (vaccination in this analogy), society is provided the opportunity to improve resilience and sustainable management of the WEF sectors. In this context, shocks are represented by: 1) historic events, 2) controlled experimental manipulation, and 3) defined inputs to models. This project will identify the interconnections between Water Energy and Food (WEF) through the development of an integrated framework and will reveal the vulnerabilities in the system and the diverse connections between the three facets of the nexus.

The Post-doctoral Research Associate working at Bath will be involved in the development of electrochemical biosensors for the monitoring of microbial activity in soils after extreme climate events (e.g. flooding, droughts) and of nutrient and contaminant release to water systems. The researcher will work in close collaborations with  the researchers appointed in the other universities involved, which will imply frequent trips.

The person might also be involved in day to day supervision of other staff e.g. technical staff or supervision of doctoral or undergraduate students.

This position is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis, with an anticipated expiry date of 31 August 2017.

The selection process will be over two stages.  All shortlisted candidates will be invited to undertake an interview by Skype; those shortlisted further will then be invited to a formal panel interview in person.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:
The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.