Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy
Queen Mary University of London School of Engineering and Materials Science
United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy 

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £32,454 - £34,220 per annum (pro-rata) (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL23994
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 04-Feb-2021
Closing date: 04-Mar-2021


About the Role

This role specifically is on the topic of methane emissions from liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier ships. Real-time measurement data will be collected on methane and CO2 emissions and your role will be to use this data to create a multi-parametric model of greenhouse gas emissions from the ship, and to write an impactful paper detailing this first-of-a-kind study.

About You

You will have (or be close to completing) a PhD in a related field such as chemical or environmental engineering. The role requires an understanding of environmental assessment, methane emissions, the natural gas supply chain and preferably an appreciation of cargo ship operations. Emissions modelling will be carried out using software such as Matlab, Python, STATA or R and an understanding of probabilistic methodologies is preferable.

About the School

This post is within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, a large School with 70-80 academics and a similar number of postdoctoral research staff. There are around 1000 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and 220 PhD students.  These are supported by an administrative and technical staff team of 45.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. We continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It can either be full time or part time (from 50%), fixed term appointment for 6 months, with an expected start date of March 2021. There may be potential to extend this contract further. The salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £32,454-£34,220 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Enquiries should be addressed to Paul Balcombe at

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 04 March 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

The School of Engineering & Materials Science holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science and is a registered member of WISE. We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support for the attendance of conferences. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the WISE principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

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