Decarbonisation Distillery Engineer - KTP Associate

University of Strathclyde / Isle of Raasay Distillery
Location: Isle of Raasay
Salary: £31,000 - £33,000 plus £4k training and development budget
Closing Date: 20th February 2022

The Department of Chemical and Process Engineering in partnership with Isle of Raasay Distillery ( are seeking to appoint a KTP Associate in the area of hydrogen energy, with a focus on the development of a direct electrolysis process turning whisky wastes into hydrogen and the use of hydrogen to power the whisky distillation process, while addressing the challenge of decarbonisation of distillery processes.

R&B Distillers Ltd are artisanal distillers of whisky and gin, who, in 2017, formed a distillery on the Hebridean Isle of Raasay. R&B Distillers Ltd has strategic vision on implementing sustainable practices to develop environmentally aligned products, for the future of their business, the Raasay community, and to affect positive change in the Scotch whisky industry. Taking the project, R&B Distillers Ltd’s ambition is to reduce over 83% of its current carbon emissions, supporting its long-term expansion plans, enabling production of whisky products aligned to the net zero agenda, and thus growing as a thought leader on sustainable energy strategies to distilleries in Scotland.

The KTP Associate will be employed by the University of Strathclyde but will spend most of their time working time at the company’s premises in Isle of Raasay. A key feature of the KTP position is a personal training and development allowance of £4,000 that you can use to develop skills related to the project that will help you to advance your career.

The position offers the KTP Associate the following benefits:

  • The fulfilling employment opportunity where you can contribute to turn a key strategic innovation idea into reality.
  • The chance to manage a challenging and rewarding job with real responsibility.
  • An opportunity to tailor-make your role, as each KTP Associate position is unique.
  • The chance to implement strategic decarbonisation within an innovative company.
  • Mentoring from experienced industrial and academic supervisors. 
  • Dedicated coaching, mentoring and personal development with personal training budget.
  • The opportunity to gain a management qualification/training and the chance to work towards a higher degree.
  • An opportunity to write publications about project work alongside the academic and company team.
  • An opportunity to make important and tangible improvements in decarbonizing distilleries.  

The project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme that aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. To find out how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position please visit:

You should hold a PhD in Chemical Engineering / Applied Chemistry / Mechanical Engineering or a closely related subject, or a Masters-level qualification in chemical (or electrochemical) engineering together with specific relevant industry experience is essential. The successful candidate will have sufficient knowledge in chemical engineering, preferably with experience in bioenergy, hydrogen fuel or electrolysis, as well as experience or capability in process modelling of energy and chemical systems, particularly in the use of Software (e.g., Aspen) or computer programming for process optimisation.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Jun Li,

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