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Research Associate in Modelling Industrial Systems and Carbon Emissions (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Associate in Modelling Industrial Systems and Carbon Emissions (Fixed Term)

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £34,304, rising to £40,927 per annum

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Thursday 16 June 2022

Closing date Sunday 10 July 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF9543

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This is a great opportunity for a Research Associate to join the C-THRU research project, which models energy usage and emissions in the petrochemical supply chain to identify net zero migration paths. As the third largest CO2 emitting industry worldwide, understanding sector-wide innovation and intervention opportunities is needed to deliver global decarbonisation goals. 

About the project:

C-THRU is a 3-year, interdisciplinary research project which develops tools for data-driven analysis and modelling of industrial systems and processes to find opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The tools and modelling methods will be used by our international team of leading university researchers to analyse global petrochemical emissions and will support strategic decision-making by initiatives such as UK FIRES which seeks to transform the UK industrial system through improved resource efficiency. 

The C-THRU project brings together researchers from the Universities of Cambridge, the University of Bath, the University of Texas (USA) and the University of California (USA) to work alongside industry partners.

The role:

In this role you will:

  • Develop and support the application of methods for data-driven analysis of material flows through industrial systems
  • Coordinate with other researchers in the project to ensure models reflect state-of-the-art knowledge about the petrochemical system
  • Consider robustness of model results through uncertainty and sensitivity analysis

You will be based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath, with opportunities for travel to conferences and project meetings, working closely with other C-THRU project researchers. 

The position is full time, fixed term with an expected end date of 30 September 2023.

About you:                                                   

Our ideal applicant will have some of the following and/or a willingness and ability to learn:

  • Experience of manipulating, processing and interpreting data in a transparent and reproducible way
  • Understanding of numerical modelling techniques such as constrained optimisation and Monte Carlo sampling
  • Understanding of the theory and practice of uncertainty and sensitivity analysis
  • Familiarity with Industrial Ecology concepts and approaches such as Material Flow Analysis or Life Cycle Assessment
  • Familiarity with Python for data analysis and manipulation

For an informal discussion don't hesitate to get in touch with Dr Rick Lupton (Lecturer) on

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.

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:

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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 all applicants will be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.