Research Fellow - School of Chemical Engineering

United Kingdom
£30,942.00 - £42,792.00
Oct 10, 2020
Nov 08, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Position Details

Area: School of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792. Please note - due to funding restriction the maximum starting salary for this role is £36,914

Band/Grade: Grade 7

Hours: Full time

Duration: Fixed-term for up to 12 months

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Closing Date: 8 November 2020

PLEASE NOTE - we reserve the right to close this vacancy early once a sufficient number of applications have been received.


To contribute to work packages of the UKRI GCRF/Newton Fund project Fast-track vaccine cold-chain assessment and design for mass scale COVID-19 vaccination in Bangladesh (VaCoBD).

Summary of Role
  • Plan, publish and execute high quality research on social and institutional analysis of interventions scenarios for clean cooling and cold-chains
  • Organise and deliver impact and dissemination activities with a wide range of stakeholders including policymakers, development agencies and NGOs in Bangladesh
  • Collaborate with partners and universities in Bangladesh in data collection and analysis, workshop organisation, writing reports and academic publications
  • Work closely with Prof Toby Peters and Dr Xinfang Wang and contribute to writing bids and generating funding
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results, especially on social, institutional, and policy analysis in relation to clean cooling and cold-chain as dynamic systems
  • Developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement activities, widening participation or similar activities within the School of Chemical Engineering or further within the University

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.
  • Conduct own and original research
  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as literature reviews, research interviews and workshops
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Present findings in high quality publications and conferences, workshops and meetings both in the UK and overseas
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Contribute to the administration/management of activities associated with the project
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Promote equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Person Specification
  • Hold or be close to completing a PhD degree in area of social sciences, economics, sustainability or human geography, including social, policy and institutional analysis and modelling
  • Deep understanding of clean cooling and cold chains
  • Research experience and scholarship linked to understanding complex social, economic and technical problems particularly in the context of overseas development and projects
  • An understanding of a range of influences from business drivers to cultural context
  • Fluency in whole systems models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • High level analytical capability, experienced in primary qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Experienced in public engagement and workshop organisation with high level policymakers and stakeholders
  • Track record of academic publications, proven delivery of reports and papers that are recognised within the field
  • Demonstrated ability to work with complex multi-dimensional data to produce reports and papers which has been recognised as important contributions to the field
  • Proven ability to work both under guidance as part of a team, but also independently
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Ability to co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly

Informal enquiries to Dr Xinfang Wang at

We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community

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