Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Heat Engineering
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 June 2025
Salary Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £32,810 per annum (Research Assistant) or £35,559 per annum (Research Fellow)
Apply by 31/08/2022
About the Role
You will contribute to the delivery of EU H2020 projects (DESOLINATION and REWAISE) and present the research findings in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.
The activities relate to these two projects are evaluating thermodynamic performance of advanced power generation cycles and the turbine exhaust heat utilisation for desalination applications and development of low-cost thermal desalination systems. These projects involve partners in EU and non-EU countries. The Key objectives for these projects are explained within the candidate brief.
Given the importance of the innovative component performance either for power cycles or heat utilisation scenarios, a thorough understanding of the practical challenges, and its performance characteristics will enable more efficient processes to be developed before the component realisation at the power plants in full scale.
You will have a PhD (obtained or close to completion) in Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial or Energy Engineering (or related discipline). You must be fluent in advanced power generation and heat recovery systems and its engineering design, thermal desalination techniques and methods, and could develop new ones. You will also have significant experience in design, engineering, and advanced modelling of energy systems/components through efficient simulation approaches, as well as an excellent understanding of engineering component design, leading to production of research reports or academic papers.
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 with different working fluids. 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 models for their novel configurations.
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For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr. Kumar Patchigolla, Reader in Low Carbon Energy Systems, on (T): +44 (0) 1234754124 or (E): firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviews to be held 12 September 2022