Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in Energy Engineering

Heriot-Watt University - The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences has an international research reputation and close connections to the professional and industrial world of science, engineering and technology. Our research ranges from fundamental chemical, physical and biological sciences through to engineering, with applications in biology, medicine, energy, photonics, chemical and biochemical processes, and manufacturing amongst others, all of which are supported by strong external funding. We have around 120 full-time academic staff driving this research activity, based in 5 research institutes: Institute of Mechanical, Process & Energy Engineering; Institute of Chemical Sciences; Institute of Photonics & Quantum Sciences; Institute of Sensors, Signals & Systems; and the Institute of Biological Chemistry, BioPhysics & BioEngineering. Together with the University of Edinburgh we represent the “most powerful” General Engineering unit in the UK, as measured by the recent REF.

The Energy Engineering theme focuses on the integration of energy microtechnologies into macro-systems. This includes innovations in smart materials, smart devices with the exploitation of their applications in smart vehicles, smart buildings, smart cities, smart grids up to a complete smart infrastructure. We develop the science and engineering of extracting, converting and conserving energy from novel sources in novel ways. Sources of energy include more traditional renewable from solar and wind to more exotic such as bacteria and biomass, including also newer and exotic thermoelectric conversion process. Storage of energy through electrochemical and solar thermal routes and the various technologies associated with carbon capture and storage (CCS) are also of key interest to us. Applications are welcome from individuals whose core disciplines are in the areas of mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering or are in other relevant engineering domains or applied sciences and can complement our existing strengths.

Candidates will be expected to have a strong track record of research in one or more of the following areas:

  • energy systems and integration;
  • energy storage or storage devices;
  • materials for energy;
  • “smart” energy distribution
  • energy recovery carbon dioxide capture, transport, storage and utilisation;
  • experimental and/or theoretical development of novel materials;
  • reactive flow in porous networks;
  • CCS process integration, intensification and control.

Heriot-Watt has a strong reputation with industry for our graduates and our practical research. As well as contributing to the innovative research done within the School, successful candidates will be expected to contribute to developing and delivering teaching.

The successful candidate will have a track record in research (including the participation in grant applications, authoring high-quality publications and forming a research team) in one of the above research areas. We also need individuals who can make a positive contribution in innovative teaching in our core areas or mechanical engineering and chemical engineering.

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