Postdoctoral Research Fellow - FAC0141-1

Brunel University London - College of Engineering, Design & Physical Sciences - Department of Mechanical, Aero & Civil Engineering

Resource Efficient Future Cities, Institute of Energy Futures

Fixed term - 24 months

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the area of sustainable built environment. The successful applicant will work as part of the EPSRC-funded project on the computation of urban albedo in high latitude locations, using London as a representative urban environment. The project is an exciting collaboration between the University of Kent, Brunel University London and Loughborough University, and the Research Fellow will work as part of the team.

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, based at Brunel, will be responsible for the modelling part of the study; this has the aim to develop an empirical model able to predict changes in urban albedo in relation to changes in urban fabric and solar altitude with a specific focus on advanced materials; and to investigate the impact of microclimatic albedo choices on the performance of low carbon design solutions in terms of energy use and indoor thermal comfort.

The new appointment will be part of the Resource Efficient Future Cities Theme within the Institute of Energy Futures, one of three university wide research institutes. The Resource Efficiency Futures Cities Group is interdisciplinary and includes 15 academics from engineering, social sciences and business. Current research focuses on improving energy efficiency and environmental quality, use of sustainable advanced materials in construction, increasing the resilience of communities and buildings and adapting them for future climate change.

Applications are invited from highly motivated individuals with a PhD in the area of engineering and/or building physics with focus on energy performance of buildings and/or mitigation/adaptation strategies for the urban environment. The ideal candidate will have research experience in modelling buildings and the urban environment using computational fluid dynamics and/or dynamic thermal simulation models. Strong communication/interpersonal skills and an ability to work independently are essential.

Enquiries can be addressed to: Professor Maria Kolokotroni,


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