Chemical/Environmental Engineer Environmental Biochemical Sciences

Job Description

We seek an enthusiastic senior researcher with expertise in Chemical/Environmental/Civil Engineering to compliment the research done within the established Hydrology and Biogeochemistry subgroup.

The work undertaken by The James Hutton Group is right at the top of the global agenda tackling problems such as the impact of climate change and threats to food, soil and water security.

EBS Environmental and Biochemical Sciences (EBS) is a group of over 70 scientists and spans a range of disciplines encompassing entirely laboratory-based work to ecosystem scale research across landscapes, soils  and rivers.

We seek an enthusiastic senior researcher with expertise in Chemical/Environmental/Civil Engineering to compliment the research done within the established Hydrology and Biogeochemistry subgroup. https://www.hutton.ac.uk/research/groups/environmental-and-biochemical-sciences/biochemistry-and-hydrology The applicant should be able to integrate a range of environmental research aspects (biogeochemical, microbial, hydrology, soil) with engineering solutions which can be readily applied with water sector applications and industries. The successful applicant will be expected to extend existing water science currently being done at the Hutton to include the managed water cycle.

 The primary aim is to develop research into off-grid low carbon, low energy water systems to enhance sustainable rural community potable supply and treatment both nationally and internationally.  The work will underpin ongoing initiatives supported through the Scottish Governments Strategic Research Programme, the Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) and Scottish Government’s Water Industry Team. Such systems, involving innovative technologies are being promoted in rural environments in Scotland, UK and throughout developing countries, and form the basis of a more sustainable circular economy.

The applicant for this senior post should have a proven track record in winning and delivering projects as well as good communication skills. This post will help tie together existing aspects of our work in the management of water resources and is expected to lead research in this area, initiating projects, oversee the operational delivery of the Institute’s developing research agenda in relation to low carbon, low energy water systems, manage existing projects and engage with experts to establish strong consortia for proposals in support of future research through competitively won income. This will also require liaison with key stakeholders, project, financial and staff management. There will be a focus on developing the portfolio of international activities.

A key initial commitment for this role will be to support the delivery of existing and emerging water-based projects in the Scottish Government Hydro Nation International initiative https://www.gov.scot/publications/foi-18-03606/. This post will be based in Aberdeen; there will be a requirement for occasional travel to our Invergowrie site.

Previous applicants need not reapply.

An enhanced salary is available for exceptional candidates who can clearly demonstrate their ability to make an immediate impact.

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