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Research Technician in Sustainable Artificial Reefs (fixed-term role)

Job title Research Technician in Sustainable Artificial Reefs (fixed-term role)

Department Chemistry

Salary Starting from £35,333, rising to £42,155

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 3111

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Thursday 17 November 2022

Closing date Thursday 01 December 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CC9878R

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Creation of Artificial Bio-Based Reefs for Erosion Control and Habitat Remediation

The Department of Chemistry are recruiting a scientist to work on an exciting research project at the interface between academia and industry.

This innovate UK funded project will focus the development of new materials for sustainable artificial reefs. You will be based at the University of Bath and will collaborate closely with CCell, regularly visiting their office in London.  

CCell make artificial marine reefs that are installed offshore to reduce wave intensity and prevent costal erosion. The reefs are based around a steel framework which is coated with calciferous rock in-situ to increase strength and durability. The rock coated steel framework is rapidly colonised by marine life, creating a valuable new habitat. In this project you will work to replace the steel reef with a more sustainable biobased framework. You will investigate the best way to add a conducting surface to the reef and you will study the rate of rock formation on the reef surface.  

You will work closely with the enthusiastic team at CCell to prove the feasibility of bio-based reefs, and you will present your results at regular project meetings.

Further information

You will have a degree in Chemistry (or a closely related discipline) and you will have excellent research and communication skills.

This is a fixed-term contract for a period of up to 12 months.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Petra Cameron (, however, please submit your application via the University website.

What we can offer you

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for. Please visit the following webpages for more information:

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     - Visa Reimbursement Scheme

     - Interest-Free Loan Scheme

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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Further details:

If you think you may require a visa to work in the UK you should refer to our guidance on the Skilled Worker Visa before embarking on a job application to ensure that you understand the requirements for sponsorship. You may be eligible to work in the UK via other alternative visa routes such as the Global Talent Visa or by having Settlement / ILR, please refer to our Staff Immigration webpages for further details.

Update to our application process:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this the personal details of applicants may be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.