Research Associate in Circular Economy

Job Reference : S&E-14889
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date (DD-MM-YYYY) : 16/12/2019
Salary : £32,816 to £40,322 per annum, depending on relevant experience
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : From 1 February 2020 until 22 January 2021

Applications are invited for the above position starting on 1st February 2020 to join two projects funded by the UK Research & Innovation: the ‘RE3 - Rethinking Resources and Recycling’ project on plastics waste, and the Diverseafood project on sustainable food systems. 

RE3 is an ambitious interdisciplinary project on circular economy for reducing plastics waste, with co-investigators from across the breadth of disciplines in the University of Manchester, including engineering, economics, material science and geography, and with more than twenty industry partners. The project aims to create circular economies for plastics waste, through changes to supply chains and business models. Diverseafood is a collaboration between the University of Manchester, Newcastle University, the Scottish Association for Marine Science, and the University of Greenwich. The project explores how existing and novel business models can scale up new companies diversifying food production, in order to transition towards circular economy in the food systems. 

You will be based within an interdisciplinary and collegiate team of researchers at the Tyndall Centre in the University of Manchester. We are looking for a person with a passion for research and a demonstrable skill to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment. Aligned with the Tyndall Centre’s mission, you will contribute towards the research team’s efforts to conduct research with genuine impact on practice and policy, and to publish in the very highest quality journals (indicatively, these might be Nature Sustainability, Nature Food and Journal of Environmental Science & Policy). This is a 12-month post in the first instance, with a possibility of extension. 

Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Tyndall Manchester conducts interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, decarbonisation, circular economy, and climate change mitigation. Based in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, Tyndall Manchester also enjoys excellent links to departments across the University including the Alliance Manchester Business School, the Centre for Atmospheric Science and the Dalton Nuclear Institute. 

You will be part of the Tyndall Manchester team, which brings together engineers, scientists, social scientists and economists, working together to develop sustainable responses to climate change through interdisciplinary research and dialogue at a local and national level. The post will provide the researcher with a direct link to the Tyndall community, the various Tyndall projects and allow the researcher to be part of a supportive team within the University of Manchester. 

The Department is committed to Athena SWAN principles, promotes gender equality and diversity throughout the Department. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants. All appointments are made on merit. For further information, please visit:

http://www.mace.manchester.ac.uk/about-us/athena-swan/

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Dr Maria Sharmina
Email: maria.sharmina@manchester.ac.uk

General enquiries:
Email: hrservices@manchester.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:
Email: universityofmanchester@helpmeapply.co.uk
Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria that you should address in your application.