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Research Associate in the process mapping and powder flow characterisation in roller compactor

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Chemical and Biological Engineering is a thriving department within the University’s Faculty of Engineering, comprising 34 academic staff, 41 research staff and technicians, 11 support staff and over 500 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Department has a vibrant research and teaching culture spanning particle science and technology / nanotechnology, new energy technologies, the environment and applications of post-genomics bioscience for biotechnology and bioprocessing applications.

The post holder will work on a project seeking to map the roller compaction process. The equipment, Roller Compactor, is based at Particle Products Group (PPG), The University of Sheffield, UK. The successful applicant will determine the factors that influence the granule attributes and finished product quality and finally map the process based on the results. The Research Associate will also characterise the flow of the powders in the roller compactor using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and monitor the ribbons uniformity from roller compactor in real time using Thermal Camera and link it with the PIV data. The process map and flow characteristics are expected to link together to the build the mechanistic understanding of granulation process in roller compactor.

The successful applicant will also be involved in the writing of technical papers for submission and then disseminate finding and national and international conferences and in turn engage with professional societies and scientific bodies.
It is essential that the post holder have a PhD in particle technology, or equivalent experience along with practical experience of particle technology, roller compaction, PIV techniques and particle powder particle interactions. You must also have the ability to interact effectively with a variety of scientists and conduct strong working relationships whilst being able to communicate effectively, both oral and written, in order to participate fully in project meetings and at conferences.

You can view the supporting documentation by clicking on About the Job and About the University located near the top of your screen.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Generate, analyse and record data to aid in the delivery of the project.
• Control and manage the operation and effective running of the roller compactor and other associated equipment relevant to the project.
• Develop new experimental or analysis methodologies necessary to conduct ground-breaking research in the field.
• Prepare reports and give presentations to the project supervisor at regular intervals. Maintain regular contact with supervisor of the project.
• Write technical papers for submission to high impact international journals.
• Supervise postgraduate students in their day-to-day activities in the research laboratories.
• Disseminate research findings at national/international conferences or seminars, engaging with professional societies and scientific bodies.
• General administration of the research programme.
• Aid the design of future research projects.
• Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.


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