Research Fellow, Engineering (ENG152R)

The National Decommissioning Centre (NDC) and Chevron Corporation have entered into a partnership that will fund a portfolio of research projects aiming to better quantify the environmental effects of decommissioning and provide guidance on the best options from an environmental perspective.The partnership is looking to recruit an enthusiastic research fellow with broad expertise in subsea engineering and marine sciences. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a 3-year research programme partnered by Chevron Corporation. The research programme is interdisciplinary, working across engineering and biological sciences to minimise detrimental effects of decommissioning activities and maximise opportunities to enhance the marine environment. The successful appointee will be working closely with Chevron personnel in the UK and internationally. 

School/Section: Engineering
Division: Unspecified
Staff Category: Research
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £33,797 - £40,323
Ref No: ENG152R
Closing Date: 17-JUN-2020


Job Description

The role will see you being responsible for:     

(1) Project oversight and management of Chevron objectives, providing marine science or engineering support where required.

(2) Facilitation of knowledge exchange between industrial and academic partners to contextualise scientific work products, laboratory and modelling protocols and support their dissemination and application in real-world international energy industry decommissioning projects.

(3) Active contribution towards the development of guidelines for long-term degradation modelling of offshore infrastructure post-decommissioning 

(4) Contributing to the development, maintenance and support, of sensors for monitoring offshore sub-sea man-made structures.

(5) Assisting in fieldwork where required. 

(6) Ability to undertake independent research on decommissioning in liaison and with NDC and Chevron objectives. 

(7) Ongoing liaison with PhD students working on Chevron funded decommissioning-related research in the UK and internationally, other academics and service companies to support alignment with project goals. 

The successful candidate will be expected to have an in-depth understanding of offshore systems, both from engineering and marine environment perspectives. 

The project will involve extensive interactions with Chevron personnel and other stakeholders, and as such the candidate should be able to comfortably work with experts from different specialities based in different international locations while disseminating the outcomes with high confidence. 

A PhD in a relevant engineering discipline or marine science is essential, with expert knowledge of offshore environment and a broad science understanding of sub-sea engineering and marine sciences.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 scale (£33,797 - £40,323 per annum), with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Srinivas Sriramula at and/or  Professor Graeme Paton at  and/or Professor Paul Fernandes at

Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa.  As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Heather Clark, HR Adviser on for further information.

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Job Reference Number: ENG152R 

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 17 June 2020.


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