Opportunity: Research Associate in Business and Plastics, University of Manchester

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November 16, 2020

Tyndall Manchester is looking for a Research Associate to join its NERC-funded ‘One Bin to Rule Them All’ project. This 3-year role is an exciting opportunity to design and pilot novel circular-economy business models with potential to scale up new companies in the area of plastic packaging. 

‘One Bin to Rule Them All’ aims to improve compliance with recycling by developing ‘one bin’ to hold all plastic-like items and improving recycling infrastructure to create more valuable recycled plastics that can be fed back into a circular economy. To achieve this, The University of Manchester has brought together a cross-sector consortium of 17 industry partners and local authorities. 

The post-holder will explore how innovations in business models and policies can help maximise the value of recovered plastic packaging. The Work Package (WP) will involve workshops with the project partners from across a plastics packaging supply chain; working with the companies to commercially test the business models designed during the workshops; and mapping and critiquing policies on single use packaging and related circular-economy regulations. The business models part of the WP and the policies part of the WP can be delivered separately if two researchers with complementary expertise are recruited.

The post is full-time for 36 months, ideally starting as soon as possible, and the application deadline is 14th December. For further details, please contact Dr Maria Sharmina at the University of Manchester, or go to https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=19320