DURHAM UNIVERSITY

Research Assistant in Liquid Desiccant System

Location
Durham, United Kingdom
Salary
£26,715 - £32,817
Posted
27 May 2020
End of advertisement period
10 Jun 2020
Ref
20000332
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Department of Engineering

Grade 6: - £26,715 - £32,817
Fixed Term - Full Time
Contract Duration: 2 years
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 10-Jun-2020, 6:59:00 AM

Durham University

Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare benefits and the University’s Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

The Department

Department of Engineering is one of the very best UK Engineering Department with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students. We are ranked 5th in The Complete University Guide 2018 as we provide outstanding course content that equips young engineers with the problem solving skills of the 21st century. We have a long history and tradition of Engineering. Engineering has been taught at Durham University since 1838 making it the first course of its kind in England. We have helped to shape the past and continue to shape the future.

The Role

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant in Liquid Desiccant System and desirably with a particular emphasis on the recovery and use of low–grade heat.

The successful applicant will be expected to carry out high-quality research leading to the development and demonstration of innovative liquid desiccant systems through experimental and numerical investigation. The Research Assistant will directly work with Professor Tony Roskilly and contribute to EPSRC funded research programmes.  

Responsibilities:

  • To understand and convey information which needs careful explanation to the team or group of people through presentations, discussions and meetings which contribute to the production of research reports and publications.
  • To write up results of research work, present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies supervising research in a clear and accurate manner.
  • To analyse or undertake basic research by deciding how best to apply existing methodology according to overall context and objectives.
  • To deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines by discussing with the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder and offering creative or innovative solutions.
  • To liaise with research colleagues and make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding to form relationships for future research collaboration.
  • To contribute to the planning of research projects.
  • To assist in contributing to support student projects on the use of research methods and equipment. 
  • To contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful working environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.
  • To engage in wider citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.
  • To engage in continuing professional development by attending relevant training and development courses.    

This post is fixed term for 24 months and the funding is available from 1st June 2020 for this fixed period.

The post-holder will be employed to work on research that will be led by another colleague. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.

Successful applicants will, ideally, be in post by 1st June 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

How to Apply 

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Tony Roskilly (anthony.p.roskilly@durham.ac.uk). All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence. 

We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site. https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/. As part of the application process, you should provide details of 3 (preferably academic/research) referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.

What to Submit

All applicants are asked to submit:

  • A CV and covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;

Next Steps

The assessment for the post will be on the applicants ability to satisfy the essential and desirable requirements. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and assessment on a date to be confirmed.

The Requirements

Essential:

Qualifications

  • A PhD (or close to completion) in research which includes aspect of liquid desiccant systems development
  • A good first degree in Engineering with a high thermodynamics emphasis and content (equivalent to a UK upper 2nd class/ 2:I honours degree or higher).

Experience

  • Experience in conducting fundamental research
  • Publishing high quality conference and journal articles.
  • Demonstrable ability to produce concise and well-written reports for a range of stakeholders.
  • Experience in setting up and experimenting laboratory test rigs.

Skills

  • Demonstrable ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings.
  • Ability to manage time effectively and work to strict deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders.
  • High level of organisation skills
  • Solid academic background in heat and mass transfer, heat exchanger, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics.
  • Excellent skills in computer programming such as MATLAB, Simulink and EES (Engineering Equation Solver) and/or other relevant dynamic simulation software, and experimental skills

Desirable:

Qualifications

  • A Masters in Engineering with a high thermodynamics emphasis and content

Experience

  • Experience of working in or with industry
  • Ability to assist in the provision of support to student projects.

Skills

  • Ability to contribute to the planning and management of independent research.

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.