National Nuclear Laboratory (KTP Associate)

Salary range:  Graduate: circa £23,500 p.a.; PhD: circa £28,000 p.a. 
                         Plus a £6000 training/development budget 

Closing date: 27 November 2016

A KTP Associate is sought to join the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering to work on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project in partnership with the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL). The KTP Associate will be principally based at the NNL site at Sellafield, Cumbria, UK, but will also spend periods of time at the University of Strathclyde as required. 

KTP is a three-way project between a graduate, a business and a university. Graduates are recruited to manage strategic projects within a business, whilst being supported by a dedicated academic supervisor. Founded in 1975, KTP is one of Europe’s largest graduate recruitment programmes (see www.ktponline.org.uk). 

NNL is a Government Owned Government Operated research organisation and Tier 2 contractor to the nuclear sector providing a full range of research and technology services in support of: waste management and decommissioning; fuel cycle solutions; reactor operations; and measurement and analysis. Major NNL customers include: the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Sellafield Ltd, Springfields Fuels Ltd, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and EDF Energy plc.

The aim of the project is to apply hybrid modelling approaches to analyse a large-scale industrial process. This involves the construction of a dynamic, mechanistic model of the process involving, for example, mass and energy balances, chemical kinetics and phase equilibrium. The model will be refined using hybrid approaches, combining first principles process modelling with emerging data fusion methodologies. Responsibilities will include the construction of an extensive database of historic and emerging lab/pilot scale measurements to enable more accurate process models to be developed. The resulting models will underpin efforts to ensure good product quality while minimising energy use and process down-time. The KTP Associate will work closely with research scientists and engineers at the Sellafield site and with the academic supervisor. They will write periodic reports, ensure that milestones are achieved, and present their work at relevant technical meetings. 

To be considered for the role you will be educated to a minimum of Master’s level in Chemical Engineering, Physics, Physical Chemistry, Applied Maths or a related discipline. You will have a thorough understanding of how to formulate equations describing a physical system and be confident in your ability to construct a numerical model to solve these equations. You will be capable of conducting careful experiments and interpreting the results correctly. You will be able to compile and manage very large sets of experimental data. Your experience should demonstrate that you are capable of working independently on a technically challenging project and delivering results. You should be excellent at planning and managing your work. You will be capable of forming good working relationships with colleagues and communicating the results of your work clearly in technical presentations and reports.

Please note that it is a condition of employment that the successful applicant passes an NNL baseline security clearance.

Initial interviews have been scheduled for 8 December 2016.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Iain Burns, Senior Lecturer, iain.burns@strath.ac.uk
Tel 0141 548 4837.

For further information and to apply please visit https://strathvacancies.engageats.co.uk/ and search reference 52192.

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