Research Fellow in Desalination and Water Treatment Technology

Contract Full-time University of Birmingham
  • Post Date : June 3, 2021
  • Salary: £42792
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Job Description

Research Fellow in Desalination and Water Treatment Technology – School of Civil Engineering – 97007 – Grade 7

– (210000AJ)

Position Details

School of Engineering

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322, with potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year.

Grade 7

Full time / Fixed term contract for up to 24 months

Closing date: 11th June 2021

Previous candidates need not re-apply


The University of Birmingham is coordinating INDIA H2O, a consortium project funded by the EU-India Water Cooperation programme. The aim is to design, develop and demonstrate high-recovery low-cost water treatment systems for saline groundwater and for domestic and industrial wastewaters. Hosted by the School of Engineering Science, the Research Fellow will work on novel solar-powered desalination systems for purification of drinking water from brackish groundwater, including systems based on reverse osmosis and forward osmosis. As the project now enters an exciting new phase of implementation, the Research Fellow will also play an important role in the deployment of pilot systems in Gujarat, India.

Summary of Role

  • Liaise with consortium partners in India and EU to plan and conduct research.
  • Model and design water treatment systems based on advanced membrane technologies.
  • Carry out experiments and analyse results.
  • Disseminate findings among project consortium and in the public domain.
  • Contribute to the development of business models and knowledge exchange for exploitation of the project outcomes.
  • Contribute to broader areas of project management, writing of research bids, and supervision of students in related research activities.

Main Duties

Responsibilities will include:

  • Participate in collaborations, to plan and implement system, together with project partners in the India and EU, including other research organisations and representatives of end users in industrial and rural applications.
  • Develop mathematical models of membrane-based water treatment systems, selecting and applying software tools as appropriate, to predict their performance using key parameters such as: energy efficiency, cost, output, recovery rate, fouling, rejection of salts and of other contaminants.
  • Develop prototype membrane-based treatment systems at University of Birmingham, especially desalination systems based on reverse osmosis and forward osmosis – through preparation of specifications and designs, installation and commissioning – liaising with external suppliers and university technician services as appropriate.
  • Test the systems, monitor the results and compare to the model predictions, recommending and implementing improvements accordingly.
  • Assist with development and testing of similar and scaled-up systems at sites of project partners in India.
  • Apply multi-criteria decision-making methods, such as goal programming, for optimised design of the water treatment systems and associated supply chains.
  • Contribute to development of training programmes related to the technologies developed.
  • Undertake management and administration duties arising from the research.
  • Contribute to writing bids for further research funding.
  • Assist in supervision of students on related research work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate.
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters.
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of the benefit to the School and University.
  • Travel from time to time as required by the research programme.

Person Specification


  • First degree in chemical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, or related discipline.
  • Doctorate in relevant research area or equivalent industrial experience.
  • Ability in analysis and modelling of process technologies and/or systems.
  • Ability to design, modify and operate experimental and pilot equipment, and to make and interpret observations reliably.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly.
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively.
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.
  • Contribute to the planning and organisation of the research project.
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to work effectively towards overall project objectives and meet agreed deadlines.
  • Ability to identify and learn new techniques, through self-study, training and/or continuing professional development.


  • MSc in chemical engineering, process engineering, water technology or related discipline.
  • Experience in design and operation of membrane desalination systems.
  • Experience in implementation of pilot water supply/renewable energy systems in remote locations.

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Primary Location GB-GB-Birmingham
Job Academic Non-clinical
Organization Engineering
Schedule Temporary
Job Posting 14.05.2021, 9:23:12 AM
Grade (for job description) Grade 7
Salary (Pay Basis) 30,942.00
Maximum Salary 42,792.00
Advert Close Date 11.06.2021, 5:59:00 PM

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