Research Assistant / Associate in Trickling Filters

Requisition ID:  27195

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  13 Jul 2024



Research Assistant: £31,396 to £32,982 per annum 

Research Associate: £33,966 to £44,263 per annum


Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Closing Date: 30 July 2024


The Role

We are looking for an ethusiastic individual to join our fast-paced interdisciplinary research team based in the School of Engineering. The “BEWISe on trickling filter process emissions” project will involve working with Professors Russell Davenport, Sam Wilson and Tom Curtis together with the BEWISe Wastewater Research Facility team, and a Research Technician. This will be a collaborative project delivered by a consortium, led by Royal HaskoningDHV, along with Newcastle University, Cranfield University, Jacobs, Mott MacDonald, Farmiloe Fisher and Northumbrian Water Ltd. This consortium combines academic excellence with international research and engineering experience in this field to allow the findings to be rapidly disseminated and implemented by the UK water industry to support their Net Zero strategy.


This exciting project will deliver a scientifically robust study, performing experiments at scale to investigate the environmental and process factors affecting nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from trickling filters (TFs) and provide evidence for the monitoring and mitigation of such greenhouse gases. The UK water industry set themselves an ambitious goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in line with their Net Zero 2030 Routemap . There is a specific knowledge gap around the potential N2O emissions from TF’s. There are >5,000 WwTW’s with TF’s in the UK, with these treating around 30% of the total load but yet there is almost no reliable information on a suitable emission factor for N2O emissions or how they may be mitigated. TF’s pose a specific challenge due to the difficulty in obtaining accurate in-situ emissions measurements, along with the lack of international research to inform UK approaches.


This full-time position (37 hours per week) is available for a fixed term of 9 months from the start date, with the possibility of extending to 12 months.


Please note, you will primarily be based at the BEWISe facility in Birtley, Gateshead. You will also be required to travel to Newcastle University campus, therefore having a UK driving licence is advantageous.


Interviews will be held 29th August 2024.


To find out more about the role and view the job description, please click here.


To apply, please upload a CV and a letter of application detailing how you meet the requirements outlined in the job description. If you are nearing completion of your PhD, please explain how your taught studies, independent research, and life experiences have provided you with relevant exposure.


To find our more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Debbie Wilde at
For more information about the School of Engineering, please click here 



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At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC.  We are a Disability Confident employer and will offer an interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role as part of the offer and interview scheme.


In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe. 

Requisition ID: 27195