Research Fellow in Geothermal Energy District Heating

Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Thursday, 6 August 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 6 September 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for a new challenge? Do you have expertise in district heating networks, especially their analysis and connection to ground heat sources or similar? Do you want to join an expanding research team at a leading UK university?

Decarbonisation of heat is an essential step to meeting our shared climate challenge. Ground heat exchangers, where heat transfer pipes are buried in the ground or structure foundations, must form part of the solution to this challenge. Yet, to ensure the fullest uptake of the technology then they must also be integrated with district heating networks. At the University of Leeds, our dynamic energy geotechnics team are leading research in this growing area. We would like to recruit someone to lead our research in district heating integration of ground heat exchangers installed in infrastructure foundations.

As part of an exciting new UKRI Innovation Fellowship, Integrated Infrastructure for Sustainable Thermal Energy Provision (IN-STEP), directed by Dr Fleur Loveridge, you will lead innovative research into the coupling of retaining walls used as ground heat exchangers (so called energy walls) with district heating provision.

The project aims to:

  • Collate lessons learnt from constructed energy walls;
  • Make recommendations on construction detailing;
  • Develop protocols for in situ thermal testing and characterisation of energy walls;
  • Provide novel analytical/semi-analytical solutions for analysis;
  • Facilitate integration of energy walls within district heating networks.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Fleur Loveridge, University Academic Fellow

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2248 or email:

Additional information

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Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute: School of Civil Engineering
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Working Time: 37.5 hours per week
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (18 months due to grant funding)
Closing Date: Sunday 06 September 2020
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: EPSCV1020
Downloads: Candidate Brief