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Post Doctoral Fellow, Mechanical engineering

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
30 Jun 2024


Position Overview

KU is seeking a highly motivated Post-doctoral Fellow to work on “Freeze Desalination and Unlocking the Potential of Thermoacoustic Refrigeration” project. This involves experimental and numerical simulation of thermoacoustic refrigeration to secure the needed cooling power for freeze desalination. Specifically, the Post doctorate will take a lead and help student and research engineer in setting up and carrying out experimental for:

  • Generating thermoacoustic wave and their conversion to thermoacoustic cooling
  • Reaching Eutectic freezing using laboratory equipment’s like freeze dryer and work with the team in the development and setting up the crystallizer to provide: 
  • High quality research support and undertake competitive research aimed at publication thereby contributing to the academic and research mission of the University.
  • Present research work and findings in a convincing style, both in oral and written modes of communication.
  • The expectation of this this role is to focus on  seting experimental and high-fidelity modeling and take a lead on project   investigation side by side the PI at maximum publication output.
  • As part of the project, the researcher will have access to state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities at the CEMAT center in Arzaha and will get an opportunity to work alongside researchers and graduate students from various backgrounds as part of a wider team.

Position Requirements

Project Responsibilities

  • Take a lead Contributor to the continued innovation and development of the research program on Freeze desalination and thermoacoustic refrigeration.
  • Take a lead on technical support to faculty members and students conducting research and participate in funded research projects.
  • Lead current investigators, research engineer to solve specific operating problems and improve technical activities.
  • Develop and instrument a thermoacoustic refrigeration setup system that involved 3D stack printing and positioning in the resonator tube
  • Develop and instrument the micro droplet  and tray/jar freezing setup that involved pettier cooling and freeze dryer  and temperature measurements
  • Procure the needed components to develop bench top crystallizer driven either by Peltier or Thermoacoustic cooling and carry out experimentation to achieve brine Eutectic conditions. 
  • Setup and conduct the required experimentation and measurements of the temperature, salinity and ion chromatography analysis
  • Conduct data Analysis, report/paper writing, and power point slides preparation
  • Adhere to the guidelines and the work ethics of Khalifa University

Lab Responsibilities

  • Drive practices and metrics, which ensure that the laboratories operate in compliance with all aspects of Khalifa University Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) policies.
  • Ensure Research lab equipment is operational to the maximum extent possible and improve operations through efficient use of existing equipment.
  • Design and fabricate systems for experimental purposes.
  • Advise the faculty and researchers purchase consumables and accessories for equipment.
  • Adhere to the University's information security and confidentiality policies and procedures, and report breaches or other security risks accordingly
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the Line Manager and Adhere to the University's information security and confidentiality policies and procedures, and report breaches or other security risks accordingly
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the Line Manager


Candidate Profile

Essential Criteria

  • PhD from a reputable university in mechanical engineering   or related discipline.
  • Experience writing scientific or review papers;
  • A willingness to contribute to a collaborative and supportive team culture
  • Excellent English language communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team and the ability to handle multiple tasks with competing demands and deadlines
  • The proven ability to work on multiple tasks with competing demands and deadlines.
  • Ability to train and mentor students and support fellow researchers
  • Highly developed reasoning and problem-solving skills

Desired Criteria

  • PhD gained from a top 200 QS or THE ranked University.
  • Past experience in Freeze desalination as part of thesis and publication or 2 years  relevant experience as a Post-doctoral researcher in academia or in industry on freeze deesalination.
  • High impact first-author publications in top 10% journals in the relevant field

Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact the Recruitment Team (

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