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Apply by: 2021-09-06

Research Assistant/Research Fellow in Heat Engineering

Published 2021-06-08

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
Apply by 22/06/2021

Role Description
Cranfield University’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

About SWEE
The School of Water, Energy and Environment leads in delivering Cranfield’s Mission within Water, Energy and Power, and Environment and Agrifood. The School is committed to leading in its areas of expertise through investing in world class staff and facilities over the long term.

About the Role
You will contribute to the delivery of EU H2020 projects (REWAISE and SOLWARIS) and present the research findings in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

The project will involve in design, sizing, engineering and realisation of two pilot scale facilities, one a cold thermal energy storage facility (about 1000m3 capacity) for a test site at the Andasol power plant (~50 MWe solar power plant) while the other one on solar evaporative system (for a production of 2 m3 per hour of clean water production) with 150kWth solar field to provide the thermal energy for evaporation. Both these solutions performance will be evaluated with the potential for technological breakthrough.

Given the importance of the innovative component performance, 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.

About You
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 heat recovery systems and its engineering design, evaporative techniques and methods, and have the ability to develop new ones. You will also have significant experience in design, engineering and construction of energy systems/components through project management approaches, as well as an excellent understanding of engineering component design, leading to production of research reports or academic papers.

Our Values
Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here. We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential.

Diversity and Inclusion
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.

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.

Flexible Working
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 about this opportunity, please contact Dr Kumar Patchigolla, Reader in Low Carbon Energy Systems, on (T); +44 (0)1234 754124 or (E); k.patchigolla@cranfield.ac.uk