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Research Associate Techno-economic Analysis of Carbon Dioxide Utilization

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Chemical and Biological Engineering is a thriving Department within the University’s Faculty of Engineering comprising 35 academic staff, 55 research staff and technicians, 20 support staff and over 600 undergraduate and 200 postgraduate
students. The Department has a vibrant research and teaching culture spanning biological engineering; the circular economy; colloid, particle and product engineering; and energy and environment. We are ranked amongst the UK’s top five Chemical Engineering Departments for World leading and Internationally excellent research and ranked number one for research environment based on the results of our Unit of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

The growing global interest in carbon capture and conversion/utilization (CCU) technologies leads to promising new CCU research projects in industry and academia. Increasingly, commercial viability of the technology is being assessed along the way. The methods applied however are differing, which hinders ‘apples-to-apples’ comparisons. This project will produce best practices to standardize guidelines for techno-economic assessment of CCU technologies having them potentially adopted by the carbon conversion industry.

Working under the guidance of Professor Peter Styring, you will play a major role in the development and formulating of a framework tool for the techno-economic analysis of carbon dioxide utilisation processes. It will involve collaborative visits to
partner organisations in Germany and UK. This project aims to provide a best practice method of practice of CDU evaluation. This is a 12-month post.

You will have a sound background in techno-economic analysis of chemical processes, preferably including CO2 utilisation technologies. It is essential that you hold a PhD (or equivalent experience) in a science or engineering discipline and should be proficient in using software such as Aspen Plus or equivalent. A background in carbon dioxide utilisation is also preferable.

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
• To contribute to the writing of a best practice frameworks for techno-economic analysis of CO2 utilisation processes.

• Liaise with partners outside the UK in the writing of the frameworks; attending meetings and Job Description workshops where necessary.

• Contribution to the writing of white and green papers.

• Conduct interviews and workshops with industrial stakeholders to obtain data to be used in validating the proposed frameworks.

• Perform detailed analysis on three case studies to validate the frameworks using appropriate modelling software.

• Write up the results of research and contribute to the production of reports and publications, in order to disseminate to a wide readership specifically to include energy and environmental policy makers.

• Present results at workshops and conferences for academic and industrial stakeholders.

• Coordinate and liaise with other members of the research group and project partners in order to support the achievement of project objectives, ensuring agreed strategy, policies and plans are put into place.

• Manage and prioritise own workload within agreed objectives to ensure that all activities are completed to deadlines.

• Assist with professional and knowledge exchange activities as required.

• Input as a team member to Department, Faculty and/or University administrative activities.

• Engage in continuous professional development.

• Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.

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