Research Assistant in Advanced Anaerobic Bioreactor Design

Applications to be received by 12pm on Thursday 4th of January 2018

Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,604 - £33,518 p.a.

We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant to join the Environmental Bioengineering group at the Department of Engineering Science (Begbroke/Central Oxford) in collaboration with Tropical Power. The post is funded by Oxford Martin School in the first instance for 24 months, but there may be opportunities to extend.


The objective of this project is to improve the efficiency of conventional Anaerobic Digestors (AD) by designing systems which more closely resemble the cow rumen, which is significantly more effective than current AD systems.


Ideally the successful candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, chemical engineering. The post will require someone with well-developed practical skills in the design, assembly, establishment and running of bioreactors in this instance for AD. They will work as part of a multidisciplinary team composed of microbiologists, chemical engineers and members of Tropical Power, which has practical experience of designing, assembling and maintaining commercial AD systems. The postholder will ideally be experienced at working closely with workshop engineers/technicians in designing and modifying current bioreactor systems, in this case for containment of plant residue undergoing microbiological transformations, whist managing the solid and liquid components of the plants residue. This will include close monitoring and development of methods for controlling the chemical conditions in the bioreactors including of pH and redox.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Ian Thompson using the email address below.


You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Thursday 4 January 2018 can be considered.


The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.


Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here: www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/preemploymentscreening.

Contact: Professor Ian Thompson