Knowledge Exchange Fellow in Thermal energy storage and waste heat recovery - School of Chemical Eng

United Kingdom
£30,942.00 - £42,792.00
Sep 20, 2020
Oct 18, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position details

School of Chemical Engineering/ Metallurgy and Materials

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Grade 7

Full time

Fixed term until 28 February, 2023

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322. With potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year.

Closing date 18 October, 2020

Role Purpose

Applications are invited for a full time Post-Doctoral Knowledge Exchange Fellow-Research position to undertake a specified range of activities within the area of thermal energy processes and thermal energy storage, recovery and valorization of waste heat and cold.

Deep emission reduction is ubiquitously associated with the need of development and adoption of efficient thermal energy processes and thermal energy storage in Industrial processes, from small SMEs to large energy-intensive industries. This is exemplified by key UK priorities such as the Clean Growth Strategy, BEIS industrial heat recovery programme and the Industrial Decarbonization Challenge.

For a number of novel thermal processes and storage technologies there is a significant potential for improvement and opportunities for adoption. This is particularly crucial in the case of waste-heat recovery technologies in combination with novel latent thermal storage and/or thermochemical energy storage devices.

To this aim, we are looking for a Research Fellow with a track-record in thermal processes design, modelling and optimization. The fellow will closely collaborate with SMEs, industrial partners and other researchers, on a variety industry challenge projects brought forwards within the ATETA project. Key themes for this role will be to develop novel thermal processes that integrate waste heat recovery and thermal storage technologies, accelerating their adoption into UK industries. Promising solutions will form the basis for the development of new collaborative project proposals, funding applications and demonstration.

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322. With potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year. This post is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Main Duties
  • Working with the ATETA team, to undertake support project for SMEs, industry and innovators to develop and assess new thermal processes
  • Proactively participate in research activities around thermal energy processes, in particular process simulation and optimization, design and development of novel process concepts
  • Perform thermodynamic and process simulations and optimization of thermal processes
  • Carry out techno-economic process modelling of waste heat recovery technologies (e.g. ORCs, Heat Transformers, chemical heat pumps, etc.) integrated into industrial processes
  • Carry out techno-economic modelling of thermal storage (latent/thermochemical) integration into industrial processes
  • Develop and assess novel thermochemical processes for waste heat upgrade and thermal energy storage
  • Write project reports, prepare and deliver presentations in seminar and workshops
  • Contribute to writing research papers and support the PI in writing research funding applications

Person Specification
  • A PhD (or near completion) in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, process system engineering, energy engineering or science discipline closely related to the main duties
  • A proven track record in engineering thermodynamics, process simulations, heat integration and process and units design
  • Essential: A strong understanding in principles and applications of process modelling with commercial and/or open source packages (for example MATLAB, Engineering Equation Solver (EES), Aspen Plus, Modelica, gPROMS, etc)
  • A good understanding of heat, mass transfer and fluid flow
  • Prior experience of modelling thermal processes with integrated thermal energy storage units is a plus
  • Prior experience in experimental analysis of thermal processes is a plus
  • Prior experience in collaborating with businesses and industries is a plus
  • Essential: Strong communication skill and ability to work in a diverse, international and cross disciplinary research and development environment
  • A proven track record in presenting and disseminating research to different audiences; strong communication skill and ability to work in a diverse, international and cross disciplinary research and development environment

Informal enquires can be made to Dr Adriano Sciacovelli;

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