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Senior Research Associate

School of Engineering
Salary:   £37,386 to £43,155
Closing Date:   Sunday 11 June 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1411-22-R-R

We wish to appoint a highly-talented, ambitious and passionate researcher to provide a comprehensive strategy for waste cooking oil (WCO) management in Egypt. This is a British Council funded Newton Fund Impact Scheme project and you will work in an international environment and collaborate with international institutions and companies. This is a fixed-term appointment available for seven months.

Your role will be to work in the Chemical Engineering research group in the School of Engineering at Lancaster University to develop a strategic guideline for WCO quality assurance in collaboration with international partners. The work will include the development of a rapid testing method to assess the quality of the produced WCO. The DoCUMENTS project will support the three dimensions of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of Egypt vision 2030 including economic, social and environmental dimensions. It will contribute to seven of the published strategic pillars including economic development, energy, social justice, health, education and training, culture, and environment.

You should hold a PhD (or be close to obtaining a PhD) in Chemical or Process Engineering, Chemistry, or a closely related discipline or have industrial experience in the relevant disciplines. You should be able to demonstrate a track record (suitable for your career stage) that is based upon collaborative, thought-provoking laboratory research aligned with Reaction Engineering, Process Engineering, Renewable and Sustainable Energy, or Materials Science/Engineering.

You should have excellent interpersonal communication skills to effectively work in a team. You will be actively involved in organising meetings, and workshops and participating in conferences. You will prepare high-quality presentations, reports and journal papers in collaboration with the group. You will be responsible for specific tasks of the projects, subject to tight deadlines.

Lancaster University is campus-based and is situated adjacent to the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and proximate to another AONB and two National Parks in the north-west of England. Lancaster is just one hour from international airports at Manchester, Liverpool, and Leeds. The town and the region are home to a variety of excellent schools and enjoy excellent public transport and national rail links. A wide selection of facilities is available on campus including a large variety of social facilities, eateries, a new sports centre, and a highly regarded pre-school centre.

Informal enquiries can be made to the Director of Studies and Group Lead of Chemical Engineering, Dr Basu Saha, E-mail:

The School of Engineering is committed to flexible working policies on an individual basis, welcomes and embraces diversity, and is committed to the Athena SWAN principles, which recognise and celebrate good employment practices undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

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