Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

This post is available from 01 October 2017 for 6 months and then extendable up to one year depending on the funding available. The post will support the work of Prof. Tapas Mallick and is funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC).

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

The project will:

Work on cooling of photvoltaic system through the use of phase change materials

  • - Develop 3D dynamic model for integrated photovoltaic/PCM materials.
  • - Use a wide range of climatic dependent heat transfer models for optimisation of the CPV/PCM systems.

The post will include model development for CPV receivers, prototype development, in-house novel experimental technique for high concentrating III-V solar cell characterisation, and development of integration methods of CPV receivers with thermo-electric devices. The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals, attend project meeting and liaise with other researcher within the consortium, identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds. The post holder will be required to attend research progress meeting and/or deliver presentations, contribute to writing progress reports, make presentations at conferences and produce high quality research articles.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate strong understanding of CPV and PV cooling technology. S/he needs to have excellent skills in mathematical modelling and in using Matlab/COMSOL/ANSYS. The candidate should have practical experience of PV/CPV technologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.

Cornwall will appeal if you wish to work in beautiful surroundings with plenty of opportunities for sporting and outdoor activities. The campus is a few minutes’ walk from Penryn and only 10 minutes from Falmouth, which is the centre of Cornwall’s creative scene, with businesses, studios, shops and galleries, and great live music across the town. Falmouth’s seven beaches, beautiful rivers and the world-famous marina also make it a haven for those who love sand, sailing and surf. The University will also assist with relocation costs and support where required.

For further information please contact Prof. Tapas, 01326 259465.

The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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