Research Associate in Life Cycle Assessment of Plastics

Job Description

Are you passionate about reversing the detrimental effects that plastics waste has on the environment and transforming the use of plastics in our society?

We have an exciting opportunity for someone and with a real passion for sustainability to closely work with researchers from other fields of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Polymers and Materials and Environmental Science, and to use their research skills to make an impact on the plastics problem.

We are seeking a Research Associate whose work will focus on life cycle analysis of plastics and their products. The role is split across two projects: “Many Happy Returns” that will explore reuse alternatives to single use plastics, and “Burying Carbon” to explore utilising bio-based plastics to sequester carbon. We are looking for excellent specialist knowledge and the ability and desire to work in an interdisciplinary manner on novel ideas and solutions to meet the challenge of plastic waste.

For this role, you should have a PhD degree or equivalent experience in chemical engineering, environmental engineering or management, or a similar subject. Proficiency in life cycle assessment is vital, and skills in environmental risk assessment and digital applications such as block chain would also be useful.

You will be part of the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Working closely with project partners, you will have the opportunity to co-develop the research in a multidisciplinary environment. We are committed to providing a vibrant and inclusive environment for research.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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