Research Associate in Reverse Electro-Dialysis

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom



1. Job Purpose

The primary responsibility includes the experimental characterisation of Anion Exchange Membranes developed in Surrey in conditions relevant to the RED process. The data collected will be used as the base for modelling the RED potential in the UK.

2. Main Responsibilities (Approx. % of time)

  1. Testing of materials developed at the University of Surrey. (30%)
  2. Detailed modelling of complete RED systems based on Maxwell-Stefan model. (30%)
  3. Mapping of RED potential in the UK based on natural and artificial streams. (25%)
  4. Dissemination and publication activities, including (but not limited to) writing peer-reviewed journal papers, reports and attending relevant project meetings to ensure that results are available in a timely and accessible format for a range of audiences. (15%)

As part of a Research Staff member’s career and professional development as an early career academic, the School has the expectation that the appointee will undertake some limited teaching duties. Not only is teaching experience valuable in developing communication skills, but it leads to a deeper understanding of the subject area.

3. Planning and Organising

• Determine aims, objectives and deadlines for short to medium term work plan, in discussion with line manager (particularly for medium term planning) 
• Contribute to long-term strategic planning and development of group activities, in discussion with line manager and other researchers 
• Participate in career development activities to support personal longer term planning

4. Problem Solving

• Identifying and develop modelling tools for the project 
• Identification of relevant streams for application of the RED system 
• Identify and liaise with key contacts (industrial and academic partners on the project) who are able to provide technical and advisory support and respond appropriately to questions that arise when working with these contacts. As above, the job holder should be able to make significant progress independently, although some support and guidance through discussions with line manager and other researchers can be expected.

5. Decision Making

• Manage day-to-day work load, making independent decisions about immediate priorities to meet short and medium term targets that have been agreed with line manager 
• Determine when it is best to continue working on a problem independently and when further help should be sought, supported by regular meetings with line manager

6. Key Contacts/Relationships

• Frequent (daily to weekly) contact with academic staff, other researchers and PhD students in related groups 
• Regular (monthly) contact with academic and industrial partners on the project

7. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


• Experience in liquid phase membrane processes at laboratory scale (experimental) 
• Experience in detailed modelling of transport of ions in membrane systems 
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, preferably including presentation skills to a high level and ability to write clearly and concisely to a level consistent with publication in highly regarded international journals 
• PhD in Chemical Engineering or other related field 
• Excellent ability to work independently and with limited supervision


• Experience in electrochemical engineering 
• Experience in process modelling 
• Experience in modelling of salt solutions (Pitzer’s activity coefficient model) 
• Experience in scientific and engineering programming (C/C++; Matlab; etc.)

8. Dimensions

• Potential to supervise 1-2 Masters project students 
• Work collaboratively with industrial and academic partners, PhD students from the participating and related groups and researchers from other universities 
• Responsibility for regular progress reporting to project partners 
• Keep line manager up-to-date with progress 
• Contribute to strategic planning within immediate group 
• Contribute to interactions between immediate group and broader communities working in the fields of membrane separations and adsorption

9. Job Context and any other relevant information

Throughout the project the post-holder will benefit from multiple contacts in academia and industry, including partners on the project.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.


Contact Person :  Dr Maria-Chiara Ferrari
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