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Thu, 12 Apr 2018 22:16:24 -0400
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University of Surrey and East China University of Science and Technology 
(ECUST) are establishing joint research labs in a number of cutting edge or 
emerging research areas for chemical engineering. University of Surrey has 
the UK oldest continuous chemical engineering programme. ECUST is a 
national champion in chemical engineering in China and most of its academic 
schools are closely associated with chemical engineering.

The Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at University of Surrey 
is leading the Industry 6th Sense research, a unique UK initiative for 
Industry 4.0 in Chemical Engineering involving industry leaders including 
Fluor, IBM, Honeywell and Unilever. The Industry 6th Sense research bring 
together our world-leading expertise in the areas of digital manufacturing, 
big data analytics, process modelling, control and optimisation, industrial 
Internet-of-Things, making significant contribution towards Industry 4.0 
for Chemical Industries, which is widely recognised as the next 
revolutionary technological advancement.

We are currently recruiting postdoctoral research fellowships in Industry 
6th sense. The Postdoc Fellow will be jointly supervised by renowned 
academics in Surrey and ECUST and will be mainly based in ECUSTís campus at 
Shanghai. The Fellow will have full access to the UK research facilities 
and visit the UK as required.  The fellowship is for 2 or 3 years and the 
salary will be comparable to the UK levels depending on the experience. The 
Fellow will also expect significant interactions with the industrial 
partners. It is expected that this joint postdoctoral training programme 
will provide a unique opportunity to early-career researchers, in terms of 
development of research excellence, international collaboration capability 
and industrial experiences, leading to a successful career in either 
academia or industry upon completion of the fellowship. We will help the 
Fellow to secure an academic position in China or the UK during the 

The candidates should have a background in Chemical Engineering with strong 
programming skills. A PhD in Process System Engineering or Computer Science 
will be preferred but other disciplines with strong computing element will 
be acceptable.  Experiences relating to Industry 4.0 will be desirable. The 
candidates must have excellent computer programming skills in at least one 
modern language such as Python, C/C++ or Matlab. The working language will 
be English; therefore the candidates should have excellent communication 
skills both orally and in writing. The candidates should also have 
favourable personal attributes including: (i) self-learner and rapid 
learner with initiative; (ii) mature, confident and self-motivated; (iii) 
excellent work ethnics; and (iv) industrial awareness.

To apply, in the first instance, please send your CV with full publication 
record to Dr Tao Chen ([log in to unmask]).