Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - FAC0140-1

Brunel University London - Department of Mechanical, Aero & Civil Engineering

Fixed term - 15 months

Salary (Grade R1): £32,548 to £38,833 per annum plus £2,166 per annum London Weighting

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the field of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC), waste heat recovery, at Brunel University London. The project titled “Mini scale Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) for Waste Heat Recovery (WHR) from stationary engine generators” aims to develop an integrated, modular and retrofittable 20kWe ORC system for heat-to-power generation with volume costs not exceeding £2k/kWe. The project involves: System design & simulation; Component development; System integration; Lab testing & model validation. Final output will include the design & testing of turbine expander sub-system whose many applications are of direct relevance to the energy access needs of developing countries.

The project is funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) and is industry-led. The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will be required to work as part of a team and in collaboration with industrial partners to model and test the performance of the expander as well as the overall heat-to-power system, on a suitable internal combustion engine.

The new appointment will be part of the Centre of Advanced Powertrain and Fuels (CAPF), a designated University Research Centre, at Brunel University London and one of the largest academic powertrain research centres in the UK. Over the last 20 years this Centre has established an international reputation for pioneering research into reducing the fuel consumption and pollutant emissions of the internal combustion engine. CAPF is headed by Professor Hua Zhao and is comprised of 6 permanent academic staff, three technicians and approximately 30 post-doctoral researchers and research students.

Applications are invited from highly motivated individuals with a PhD in the area of mechanical engineering and related areas. The ideal candidate will have modelling and experimental research experience in turbine expander design and testing for waste heat recovery systems while experimental research experience of internal combustion engines is highly desirable. In addition, good analytical skills and good theoretical knowledge of turbomachine design, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and mathematics is required. Strong communication/interpersonal skills and an ability to work independently are essential.

Enquiries can be addressed to: Dr Apostolos Pesyridis, a.pesyridis@brunel.ac.uk

Closing date for applications: 6 January 2018

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