Jobs and Opportunities

UKERC-POST (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology) Fellowship

Opportunity type: Fellowship (13 weeks)
Organisation: UKERC & POST
Location: London
Application Deadline: 22 May 2022
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UKERC and POST (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology) are offering a 13-week fellowship to UKRI funded PhD students (not in their first year) whose research is in an energy related field. There is one funded fellowship available.

The fellowship is an opportunity for students to gain real-world experience of the translation and communication of research findings to help inform decision making. The fellow will contribute to the activities of Parliament, by working with POST on an area of energy and climate change policy but outside their immediate area of expertise. During their time they will primarily research and produce a POSTnote and may also contribute to POST’s wider activities such as events and horizon scanning. Alternatively, the fellow may be placed with a Select Committee, engaging directly with science and policy by supporting the Committee’s work in scrutinising Government.

PhD fellows are encouraged to interact closely with people and activities in the two Houses of Parliament, including Select committees, MPs and Peers, their support services, ‘All-Party Parliamentary Group’ meetings and the very wide range of other activities at the Palace of Westminster.

Fellows will also be encouraged to engage with UKERC by making use of the expertise and connections that the consortium can offer. Fellows will have access to the research that UKERC undertakes, its events and the expertise of its staff.

The fellowship can be carried out full-time for three months or part-time over a longer period. It may be undertaken at POST’s offices in Westminster or include remote working as part of a hybrid working arrangement. Successful applicants will start their fellowship in fellowship in September or October 2022. The exact start date is to be agreed between the applicant, POST, UKERC and the applicant’s supervisor.

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Special Issue of Energies to celebrate 25 years history of geologic carbon storage

Opportunity type: Journal article 
Organisation: Energies journal
Location: –
Application Deadline: 31 July 2022
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This Special Issue will mark the milestone of a quarter of a century of research in CO2 storage in sedimentary systems. The editors invite novel research articles in fields including but not limited to fluid geochemistry, reservoir engineering, geophysical studies, well tests, risk assessments and physicochemical research. Results may be from engineered CO2 reservoirs or natural analogues, with a focus on enhancing our understanding of upscaling CO2 storage in saline aquifers and accelerating mineral storage. They also welcome studies of laboratory experiments as well as contributions from geochemical modelling.

Further information here

Promethean Particles, TRL Advancement of MOFs for CCS

Opportunity type: Call for collaboration
Organisation: Promethean Particles
Location: Nottingham-based manufacture / global collaborative partners
Application Deadline: –
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Promethean Particles is pioneering a paradigm shift in the deployment of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for energy-efficient carbon capture applications. Our proprietary and patented manufacturing process enables the production of high quality MOFs at unparalleled scale and cost-effectiveness, finally overcoming historical barriers to adoption of this incredible class of materials.

Contact Chris Simmons, Business Development Manager (chris.simmons@proparticles.co.uk) if you feel that MOFs could form part of your CCS project and you would like to discuss a potential collaboration to drive the demonstrated TRL of a MOF solution forward.

Company website: www.prometheanparticles.co.uk

Assistant Professor – Sustainable Energy Systems

Opportunity type: Academic job
Organisation: University of Alberta
Location: Alberta, Canada
Application Deadline: Will remain open until filled.
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The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta invites applications for one full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Sustainable Energy Systems.

The successful candidate will have research expertise in the area of sustainable energy systems related to life cycle and techno-commercial analysis and thermodynamics. The successful candidate’s research will complement the existing research in the department on various aspects of energy systems, including carbon capture, materials development, and renewable energy production.

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PhD – Risk Assessment of CO2 Transportation Pipelines

Opportunity type: Postgraduate research
Organisation: Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London
Location: London
Application Deadline: 15 June 2022
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Working alongside a multidisciplinary team of world-class scientists and engineers, the successful candidate will be responsible for the development and testing of computational fluid models for risk assessment of CO2 pipelines employed as part of Carbon Capture and Storage chain.  CO2 emitted from industrial operations such as steel and cement manufacturing, and fossil fuel power plants is the principal greenhouse gas contributing to global warming. It is widely recognized that meeting the critically important net zero emission target by 2050 will require the large-scale capture of such CO2 emissions for storage in deep underground in geological formations. It is estimated that up to 80% of the CO2 which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere can be captured in this way. Pressurised pipelines are considered as the most practical way for transporting the captured CO2 to the storage site. However, given that CO2 is an asphyxiant at concentrations higher than 7%, the safety of CO2 pipelines is of paramount importance in the event of an accidental failure. In this project, you will be developing computational mathematical models for predicting the amount of CO2 released following the accidental failure of pressurized CO2 pipelines. A particular focus of attention will be the development and implementation of a computationally efficient equation of state accounting for solid CO2 formation spanning its triple point.

Supervisors:  Prof Haroun Mahgerefteh

Further information and details on how to apply can be found here

Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) MOOC – Climate Change: Carbon Capture and Storage

Opportunity type: Online course
Organisation: SCCS
Location: Online
Application deadline: Available online
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Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) is launching it’s MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, on Monday 25th October on ‘Climate Change: Carbon Capture and Storage’.

The five-week course, taught by leading experts at the University of Edinburgh, will explore carbon capture and storage (CCS), a set of technologies that can radically rein in CO2 emissions and help nations reach net zero by 2050.

The course, which has seen nearly 18,000 participants from across the world sign up for previous runs, begins on 25 October and places CCS in the context of climate change, global energy and economics, the use of fossil fuels and global climate policy. The world’s first such course to cover CCS and climate change, it has been developed for those with no prior knowledge.

Watch the introductory video and register

Course participants will learn about:

  • how to protect the atmosphere, with CCS technology, from an excess of CO2;
  • the uniqueness of CCS to complement other low-carbon technologies;
  • the potential to make fossil fuels “safe to use” in the context of the Paris Climate Change Agreement of 2015;
  • key sectors of the global economy, where CCS can contribute to deep reductions in emissions;
  • how CCS can unlock carbon negative solutions, which will need to be used before mid-century;
  • the scientific principles of climate mitigation technologies;
  • the key elements of geology for permanently, and safely, disposing of CO2 underground;
  • the international state-of-play and scale of the industry in the 21st century.

What is a MOOC? The University of Edinburgh has a range of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which are freely accessible and open-licensed short courses delivered online. On completion, there is the option to gain a Verified Certificate. https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/moocs