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Research Assistant/Research Associate

Requisition ID:  3061

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date: 


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £28,331.00 - £44,045.00 

Closing Date: 8 March 2020



The role

This is an exciting position that requires a talented and experienced engineer to work on a project delivering a new low-carbon hydrogen production system at small demonstration scale. Professor Ian Metcalfe at Newcastle University has developed a new chemical looping process that produces low-carbon hydrogen, as explained in this video. The method is IP protected, and has secured for Professor Metcalfe a prestigious RAEng Chair in Emerging Technology, with allocated funding for the equipment and personnel to develop the process.


The challenge now is to scale up the process from the existing laboratory scale equipment to a small demonstration reactor unit, with the aim of exploiting the technology commercially. The route to the demonstration scale unit has been mapped out, and over a fixed term period of two years, you will be responsible for all aspects of the development, with the aim of installing a reactor system at an operational industrial gas-processing facility.


Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Ian Metcalfe at ian.metcalfe@newcastle.ac.uk 


Key Accountabilities



  • Reporting to Prof Ian Metcalfe, recipient of Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Chair in Emerging Technologies (CiET)
  • Responsible for scaling-up activities for novel hydrogen production system, from existing lab-scale to small demonstration scale

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Looking for a chemical/process engineer with at least two years post-degree experience in industry or academia
  • The ability to perform chemical engineering design calculations
  • Materials selection
  • Knowledge of relevant safety regulations
  • Control of chemical reactor systems
  • Problem solving
  • Experience of Labview software, or equivalent
  • Previous experience of scale-up design and/or operations in chemical or industrial systems.


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Hard working and able to take initiative
  • Ability to work in a team
  • A high level of technical competency
  • Ability of original and creative thinking
  • Very good practical skills



  • At least 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in chemical engineering, or related subject
  • PhD awarded (or near completion) in chemical engineering or closely related discipline, or significant, relevant industrial experience as evidenced e.g. by C.Eng. status


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.



Requisition ID: 3061