Research Associate in Software Tools and Algorithms for Adsorption Separation Processes

University of Manchester School of Engineering

United Kingdom

Research Associate in Software Tools and Algorithms for Adsorption Separation Processes

Sackville Street, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-016318

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/03/2021

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Fixed term from as soon as possible until 1 August 2022

This unique position will be located in the group of Prof. Lev Sarkisov, within the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science in the University of Manchester. The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) confirmed the position of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science ( as one of a small group of elite chemical engineering departments within the UK. Our success capitalises on the synergies between chemical engineering and bioscience, chemistry, mathematics, and analytical and measurement science. Our broad research base enables us to study the design, operation and integration of different complex systems – particularly industrial, biological, and instrumentation – and apply chemical engineering in a 21st century context.

Overall Purpose of the Job

Sarkisov’s group at the University of Manchester seeks an enthusiastic, high quality Research Associate to work on the development of computational tools, codes and methods in application to adsorption phenomena in porous materials and adsorption separation processes. Current areas of interest include algorithms for pressure and temperature swing adsorption processes, machine-learning methods in application to material discovery for adsorptive applications, digitization of synthetic protocols, uncertainty propagation in multiscale simulation workflows. Although the project can be extended to up to 3 years, it is expected that the appointee in this position will use it as a unique opportunity to develop an independent early career fellowship application (e.g. within ERC, EPSRC schemes) based on their own ideas by the end of the first 1.5-year term.

Specifics of the Position and Environment:

This is a 1.5-year fixed term position with a possibility of further extension for another 1.5 years subject to progress and results. In Manchester, You will be a part of the vibrant Multiscale Modelling group of 13 academics with a broad set of research interests, expertise and topics under investigation ( ). Subject to the progress in the project, you will be supported in the application to the available fellowship schemes (such as the University Research Fellowship from the Royal Society). Further aspects of the environment include access to the Computational Shared Facility in Manchester (a 9,500 core cluster), other computational resources, and specialized training. Opportunities to gain experience in teaching and supervision of PhD, MEng and MSc students are also available.

You should have a PhD or equivalent qualification in a relevant field (Physics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Material Science) please.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Happy to talk flexible working.

Blended working arrangements may be considered           

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Lev Sarkisov 


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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