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PDRA (Knowledge, Exchange and Innovation) in Chemical Engineering and Bioprocessing

Reference:  AE0160
Campus:  Hull
Faculty/Area:  Research and Enterprise
School/Department:  Institutes
Subject Group/Team:  Energy and Environment Institute
Salary:  £34,189 to £39,609 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Friday 31 May 2019

(Knowledge Exchange and Innovation)

The University of Hull (UoH) is part of a project funded by Research England to promote the development of a bioeconomy across Yorkshire, the Humber region and the Tees Valley. The bioeconomy uses biological resources for economic purposes including food, energy generation and also as components in manufacturing complex materials.  The fast-growing bioeconomy represents a major economic opportunity for the UK and particularly for the North of England, which has world-class bioeconomy assets.  The THYME Project will establish a new and highly innovative collaboration between the universities of York, Hull and Teesside that will become an exemplar for good practice in Knowledge Exchange between HEIs and industry, attracting trade and inward investment into sustainable bio-based industries and our HEIs.   The three fields of activity covered by the project are 1) Transforming bio-residues into materials for re-use; 2) Increasing the productivity of existing bioeconomy activities in the region; 3) repurposing disused land for bioeconomy activity.  The post will explore the impact changing patterns in the bioeconomy on flood risk and how use of bioeconomy active land can be optimised to reduce the risk flood.   

The post holder will work on Research England-funded project ‘Teesside, Hull and York – Mobilising Bioeconomy Knowledge Exchange’ (‘THYME’).  He or she will be primarily involved in exploring the impact of a transition to bio-polymers on policy, social and economic foundations of the regional bioeconomy. The post holder will be expected to develop publications for the dissemination of findings for both academic and non-academic audiences.  They will need to work closely with the other PDRAs involved in the project and with colleagues in chemical engineering and human and physical geography to collate understanding on stakeholder impacts. They will need to undertake data analytics and data mining activities and explore the impact and optimisation of changing patterns of the bioeconomy on flood risk. The post holder will be required work with the project manager and administrator to proactively engage with business and stakeholders and help communicate and disseminate the project.   The post holder will also be required to present research progress on a monthly basis and to write regular progress reports. They may be required to travel to external organisations to attend conferences/workshops relating to the project, potentially abroad.

The post will be based in the Energy and Environment Institute but will involve collaboration with colleagues from across the university and the other partner universities. In addition, there will be opportunities to proactively engage with other floods related research.  For instance, a large ESIF-ERDF funded project centred on flooding and innovation as well as the Living with Water Partnership. We have a long history of impact from our research, with input into the Pitt Review of UK Flooding as well as the areas around Geography and Environmental studies being ranked 3rd in the UK for its impact in Research Excellence Framework 2014.


The closing date for this job vacancy has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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