Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Thermodynamic Modelling

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£30,600 per annum (Research Assistant) or £33,309 per annum (Research Fellow)
12 May 2020
End of advertisement period
31 May 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School/Department School of Water, Energy and Environment
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period Until 30 April 2022
Salary £30,600 per annum (Research Assistant) or £33,309 per annum (Research Fellow)
Apply by 31/05/2020

Role Description

Cranfield University welcomes applications from an enthusiastic individual, with expertise in Thermodynamic modelling, to strengthen our Centre for Thermal Energy and Materials (CTEM).

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally.  Our distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

Our people are our most valuable resource and everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of our university, developing our learners, and transforming the businesses we work with. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here. Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

Cranfield has been a leader in energy and power for 20 years. Providing a sustainable, secure and affordable energy supply is fundamentally important to our lives. Cranfield is advancing the potential solutions in energy and power to ensure our future needs are met.

The CTEM provides a focus for the design and engineering of advanced thermal energy systems and components.

This post is connected with a range of activities within the CTEM, with particular emphasis on two projects funded by EU H2020 and British Council evaluating thermodynamic performance of steam plants and utilisation of turbine exhaust for desalination and/or absorption chillers. These projects involves partners in EU and non-EU countries. The Key objectives for these projects are explained within the job description.

You will join a successful multi-disciplinary team and will play an active role in this environment, adapting to changing work patterns and needs.

You will have a PhD (or close to completion) in Engineering; Chemical, Process, Mechanical, Renewable, Industrial or similar area. You must also have proven experience in steam turbine thermodynamics, as well as significant experience in using steady-state thermodynamics packages or related and experience in developing bespoke models that time steps the plants operation throughout a typical year, leading to production of research reports or academic papers, as well as ability to find appropriate solutions to academic and technical problems.

To succeed in this role you will have a high level of programming skills, especially in global system models, and the ability to design novel configurations. You will also need excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills and good technical writing skills, to communicate complex information clearly to partners so that they can use the developed thermodynamic models for their novel configurations. 

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. For relevant schools: To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we are members of WES & Working Families, and sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day.

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role. Find out more here.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr. Kumar Patchigolla, Senior Lecturer in Low Carbon Energy Systems on (T); +44 (0)1234 754124 or (E);

Interviews expected to be held: 16 June 2020

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