ESIF Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - School of Mechanical Engineering within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Fixed term until 29th February 2020

Grade 7 - Full time starting salary is normally in the range £29,301 to £38,183. With potential progression once in post to £40,523 a year

The Birmingham Energy Institute is recruiting a Post-Doctoral Knowledge Exchange Fellow specialising in Engine and Vehicle Technology and Low Carbon Energy Carriers for the new European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) project. The Knowledge exchange fellow will assist local businesses in the Energy space, engaging in collaborative research and translating knowledge into the development of new products and processes. The fellow will also provide a platform for companies to engage further with the wider cross-disciplinary and multi-partner Energy Research Accelerator hub.  

ERA is made up of the six internationally renowned Midlands universities that make up the Midlands Innovation partnership, Aston University, the University of Birmingham, Leicester University, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Warwick and the British Geological Survey.

To help achieve the high targets set for the University of Birmingham in the ESIF/ERA project, funding has been made available to support a Knowledge Exchange Fellow until March 2020, to join a strong R&D team for industrial collaborations and technology transfer. You will be asked to work with SMEs on collaborative research transfer of technology, assisting SMEs with development of prototypes and new products, and delivering project targets through direct meetings with industry, through workshops, and other engagement events.  The post holder will mainly focuses on delivering high impact translational research, working closely with SMEs to assist and collaborate with, liaising with regional energy industries, and creating and sustaining a networks of SMEs, linked into the ERA hub throughout the West Midlands.

You will join the renowned Birmingham Energy Institute and the Future Power Systems groups and will be working in the areas of new combustion and energy conversion technologies, environmental catalyst and systems, alternative fuels and hydrogen as means to create clean, efficient and sustainable power sources for propulsion and stationary use. This is an opportunity to become a member of a vibrant team with a successful track record. 

First degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering and a higher degree in Engineering in the areas of thermodynamics, engine and vehicle technology, low carbon energy carriers, fuels and proven expertise and a good research record in engineering principles. Previous experience in or with industry or in the practical engineering and test rig design would be advantageous. The ability to conduct independent research and to work as a member of a research team is essential. The level of appointment will depend on the qualifications and relevant experience of the successful applicants. Full details of the person specification are available in the accompanying job description.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Thanos Tsolakis, a.tsolakis@bham.ac.uk

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