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European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) - Senior Engineer

Senior Engineer

Engineering & Applied Science

  • Salary: £31,342 to £37,394
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term (2 years)
  • Basis: Full Time
  • Closing Date: Sunday 23 November 2014
  • Interview Date: To be confirmed
  • Reference: R140342

The European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) requires a Senior Engineer to support the operation and development of the pilot plant.

You will play a key role in operating and maintaining the 100 kg/h pyrolysis unit, the 400 kg/h gasifier and 350 kWe CHP engine, all located in the EBRI pilot plant. This will include ordering raw materials; commissioning the plants; operating the pilot plants including monitoring the process control system; arranging for the disposal of waste materials; undertaking a review of the plants' performance including identification and fulfilment of maintenance and repair needs; and implementation of relevant health and safety procedures. At such times as maintenance or operation is not required you will be expected to assist with equipment set-up and operation in the other EBRI laboratories.

You will assist in the identification of opportunities for collaboration with companies and other universities and prepare or contribute to the preparation of proposals that utilise the facilities. You will also host visits round the facilities and provide a suitable narrative about these facilities.

You will be part of the pilot plant operations team reporting to the Director of EBRI.

You should hold a good first degree in chemical or mechanical engineering or a related discipline with substantial experience of working on process plants, mechanical handling and bioenergy plants such as pyrolysis and/or gasifier units and CHP systems. You should also have substantial experience of carrying out mass and energy balances on process plant, especially pilot plants and demonstration plants based on chemical engineering principles. Good spoken and written English is necessary as well as highly developed interpersonal skills. A high level of computer literacy with a proficiency in standard Office packages and expertise, including working with spreadsheets and databases are also essential.

For further information about this post, please contact Tim Miller (EBRI Director of Operations) on 0121 204 3583 ( or Tony Bridgwater (Director of EBRI) on 0121 204 3381 (




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