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Become a Bioenergy Researcher

Get paid to do a Masters with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University, The Sunday Times University of the Year 2018, and Bowland Bioenergy Ltd.


Location: Lancaster

What you will be doing

The use of woodchip in biomass boilers is growing in popularity. This biofuel offers a sustainable method of energy generation and a cost effective way of delivering renewable energy and reducing CO2 emissions.

Before being used as a fuel, the woodchip needs to go through a drying process. This process can be very inefficient due to the emission of volatile organic compounds, dust and hot air. This project investigates process design options to filter the airflow and harvest the energy it contains. These options are anticipated to have a positive effect on the processing time and performance of the drying process.

This project will involve assessing the quality of dried chips and potential for heat recovery, both experimentally and by modelling based on the design and operating parameters.

  • You will get paid £15,000 tax-free
  • You will You will have your tuition fees reduced. Your partner company pays £2,000 towards your fees, meaning UK/EU students pay ~£2,260, and international students pay ~£15,945
  • You will be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation with a cohort of 50 talented graduates working on exciting business-led R&D
  • You will finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas

What you will have

The successful candidate will have an engineering background (mechanical/process/chemical) or applied sciences.

To apply for this opportunity, please hit apply and provide:

• A CV (2 pages maximum)

• Application Form

• Application Criteria Document

• Reference Form

  • Enterprise and collaborative partners   
  • This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University, with supervision from Dr David Cheneler, Dr Farid Aiouache and Bowland Bioenergy Ltd. Bowland Bioenergy is an SME which manufactures woodchip biomass to sell in the Lancashire area. Based in a Grade 2 listed barn and associated farm infrastructure, the old silage store and shippon now form fuel stores, which also house the Fliegl batch chip dryer.
Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Complete a Masters at Lancaster University, working with Bowland Bioenergy Ltd. 

Centre for Global Eco Innovation Overview


The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University has over 60 live PhD and Masters research projects, all linked with external partners. This cohort has regular socials, residential events and informal meetings to create a social and supportive working atmosphere. Through this peer network, researchers can find support and advice when challenges are faced.



Previous researchers have gone onto a variety of successful positions. Some of these are at Lancaster University and other research institutions, others are with their partner organisations. Some are now in the commercial world working with exciting businesses, helping to develop new technologies and concepts. 

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