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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The post
The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in delivering Exeter’s Global Research Translation Award: Sustainable Solutions to Food Security Challenges, working on the conversion of Mexico’s problematic seaweed bloom biomass into high quality, low cost sustainable agricultural fertiliser products.
This GCRF funded post is available from 6th January 2020 to the 27th of March 2021 at the University of Bath. The successful applicant will undertake supercritical processing of macroalgal biomass and in depth technoeconomic assessment.
The post will focus on thermochemical processing of problematic macroalgal (seaweed) biomass obtained from Mexico’s Caribbean coast.  Seaweed samples will be processed by hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL), the process modelled and the potential technoeconomics assessed. Biomass input quality and quantity will be assessed in the context of spatial and temporal process dynamics, to generate fertiliser products (as well as bio-oil) suitable for crop-trials in Mexico. Working with Mexican academic and industrial partners, the ultimate goal is to develop a suite of agricultural fertilisers which are market ready by the end of the project.

About you
The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.
Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in Chemical Engineering/Chemistry and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants will be able to confidently and competently undertake (1) subcritical water conversion (hydrothermal liquefaction) reactions and (2) in depth technoeconomic and life cycle analysis (TEA and LCA) of the process.