Research Fellow

; Queen's University Belfast

Duration: Fixed Term 10 months

The School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering (CCE) at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently seeking to appoint a Research Fellow in Sustainable Aviation Fuels.

The consortium, funded by the Leverhulme trust, aims to design new catalysts and chemical processes for direct capture and conversion of CO2 and biomass derived feedstocks to liquid transportation fuels to facilitate decarbonisation and accelerate our ambition to Net zero emissions targets. This is an opportunity to work within a vibrant multidisciplinary catalysis lab and liaise with colleagues from Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Computational Simulations as well as interact on a regular basis with our collaborators from refinery and renewable energy companies.

The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate you:

  • Have obtained or are about to obtain a PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • Specific relevant research experience to include:
    • Hands on experience in gas/vapour phase reactions using fixed-bed reactors at postgraduate or postdoctoral level.
    • Ability to design, construct and refine the experimental rig using pumps, mass flow controllers and back-pressure regulators.

Please note the above are not an exhaustive list.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

Key Dates:

Closing Date: 18/12/2023

Anticipated Interview Date: 12/01/2024

Further Information

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Haresh Manyar at [email protected]

Information about the School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering can be found at

At Queen’s our people are at the heart of everything we do. As a staff member you will become part of a vibrant organisational culture, which will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.

We offer an excellent employment package that includes:

  • Great terms & conditions
  • Pension schemes
  • Flexible working by enabling you to design your working week in collaboration with your manager through a blend of remote and office working
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 8.4 weeks a year (made up of 23 days annual leave, 10 closure days and 9 bank holidays)

Further information on our attractive package can be found at

Queen’s University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and International Staff Network) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena Swan. For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please visit: ; and

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