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Position: Research Associate - Novel Energy System Simulation of Hydrogen Enhanced Anaerobic Digestion
Institution: University of Sheffield
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Duties: Do you want to be involved in the development of low carbon technology for the energy sector? We have an opportunity for you to undertake research into the novel process of hydrogen enhanced anaerobic digestion (AD), also known as biomethanation. The aim of the project is to investigate the design and operation a new generation of AD plants that will use hydrogen to enhance the biogas production process in order to produce ’green gas’ and to investigate the role that this technology can play in future energy infrastructure. The work will include the development and application of integrated process models in order to assess the performance of the designed systems and to optimise their operation in a number of design scenarios
Requirements: You must have a good first degree (or equivalent experience) in Mathematics, Physical Science, or Mechanical, Chemical and/or Energy Engineering and a PhD (or be close to completion) in the subject area or a closely allied discipline
   
Text: Research Associate in Novel Energy System Simulation of Hydrogen Enhanced Anaerobic Digestion University of Sheffield - Faculty of Engineering - Department of Mechanical Engineering - Energy 2050 Initiative Location: Sheffield Salary: £30,688 per annum, Grade 7 Hours: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract Placed on: 12th February 2018 Closes: 11th March 2018 Job Ref: UOS018446 ★ View Employer Profile Contract Type: Fixed-term for 18 months to end no later than 30 September 2019 Do you want to be involved in the development of low carbon technology for the energy sector? Do you have research experience of process modelling? Are you looking to further your research career at one of the UK’s largest energy research institutes? If so, we have an opportunity for you to undertake research into the novel process of hydrogen enhanced anaerobic digestion (AD), also known as biomethanation, as part of an Innovate UK/EPSRC/BBRRC funded research project. The aim of the project is to investigate the design and operation a new generation of AD plants that will use hydrogen to enhance the biogas production process in order to produce ’green gas’ and to investigate the role that this technology can play in future energy infrastructure. The work will include the development and application of integrated process models in order to assess the performance of the designed systems and to optimise their operation in a number of design scenarios, as well as perform technoeconomic analyses. The project consortium consists of 3 UK Universities with strong support from industrial partners in the UK, and therefore the post holder will be exposed to, and benefit from, all aspects of the wider project including the fundamental biological experimental investigations, laboratory scale process simulations and the wider industrial contributions and perspectives. You will be developing a process model, and performing simulations, of the hydrogen enhanced AD plant which will include sub-models representing the various physical, chemical and biochemical process steps, as well as other technological elements which may form part of the integrated system such as renewable technologies (wind, solar, hydro) or wastewater treatment. Energy system simulation will be used to develop and assess operational strategies for the plant, in different conditions and with a variety of performance objectives, and to design control systems for its robust operation, and to perform technoeconomic analysis. In addition, you would be given career development opportunities, appropriate to the post of Research Associate at Sheffield, such as providing support and supervision to less experienced researchers, and actively exploring new research areas and potential for future research funding. You will be joining a team of world-leading researchers in energy dynamic simulation and modelling and anaerobic digestion research and will report to Professor M. Pourkashanian, Head of Energy-2050 ( www.sheffield.ac.uk and www.energy2050.ac.uk ). You must have a good first degree (or equivalent experience) in Mathematics, Physical Science, or Mechanical, Chemical and/or Energy Engineering and a PhD (or be close to completion) in the subject area or a closely allied discipline. Experience of physical/biological/biochemical/chemical process or energy system simulation is essential and knowledge of anaerobic digestion is desirable. We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development. We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience. Follow @sheffielduni and @ShefUniJobs on Twitter for more information about what makes the University of Sheffield a remarkable place to work.
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