Research Associate -Fixed Term Contract

Job title Research Associate -Fixed Term Contract

Department Chemical Engineering

Salary Starting from £33,199, rising to £39,609

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Friday 03 May 2019

Closing date Wednesday 05 June 2019

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CT6724

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This position is provided by the University of Bath as part of the Horizon2020 project ‘GREENER: InteGRated systems for Effective ENvironmEntal Remediation’, in collaboration with several other universities and companies across Europe and China - a total of 20 partners.

In GREENER we propose the development of innovative, efficient and low-cost hybrid solutions that integrate bioremediation technologies with bio-electrochemical systems (BES). The synergetic effect of different bioremediation strategies for effective removal of pollutants from water and soil/sediments will be demonstrated 

along with the generation of bioelectricity. 

The type of contamination, along with the specific physico-chemical/microbial characteristics of the environment to be depolluted, will feed into a decision-making toolbox. This will allow the establishment of ad hoc integrated solutions, which will take into account effectiveness of biodegradation, costs, environmental risks and social aspects. Fundamental research will be performed at lab-scale, while pilot-tests will be used to prove the scaling-up feasibility for field applications. Environmental benefits and risks, compared to standard remediation approaches, including energy efficiency, will be investigated.


The Research Associate located in Bath will work over a total period of 24 months. They  will be involved in the development of innovative soil and/or plant microbial fuel cells for the removal of pesticides and other pollutants of interest in soils. The innovative design will be supported by: the development of low-cost and easy-to-manufacture in large scale electrodes; and mathematical modelling performed by our collaborator from Universitá degli Studi di Cagliari (Italy).

As such, we require an individual with expertise in bioelectrochemistry, material science, engineering and closely related fields. He/she will work closely with biologists, chemists and engineers. 

This position is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis of up to 2 years, with an ideal start of 1 July 2019.

Informal enquiries about this role may be directed to Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo via e-mail   

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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.