Research Fellow in Thermal and Mechanical Energy Storage Systems

University of Birmingham - School of Chemical Engineering

Duration: Fixed-term for 24 months

Applications are invited for a full time research fellow position to work on the integration of thermal (heat and cold) energy storage and liquid air energy storage with energy supply, transmission and distribution networks funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and a number of industrial companies. The focus will be on medium to large scale energy storage systems for both distributed and centralised energy networks. The work will include model development for the energy storage systems; development of methods for the integration of the thermal and mechanical energy storage technologies to energy networks and associated optimisation; and experimental validation. The post will be for 24 months in the first instance.

The post holder will join Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES), a cross University of Birmingham initiative involving researchers from chemical engineering, electrical engineering, materials and metallurgical engineering, mechanical engineering and the business disciplines. BCES was established under the support of the UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the eight great technologies initiative (www.birmingham.ac.uk/energystorage) and more recently benefited from an investment of the UK government under the Energy Research Accellerator (ERA) programme (www.era.ac.uk).  

The post holder should have: a first or a 2:1 degree in relevant science/engineering discipline and PhD or equivalent experience and qualifications in an area related to the main research responsibilities; solid background in heat and mass transfer, and fluid flow, and engineering thermodynamics; strong capability in process and system level modelling; strong experience in CFD modelling; an ability to use process design software packages such as Hysis, Aspen Plus or gPROMS, and heat transfer and fluid flow modelling software package such as Ansys Fluent or COMSOL Multiphysics; demonstrable prior experience and track record in areas closely related to the main research responsibilities; and an ability to communicate complex information clearly.  Experiences in engineering design and experimental work would be of advantage.

Informal enquires to Professor Yulong Ding, Tel +44 (0)121 414 5279, E-mail y.ding@bham.ac.uk

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 58165 in all enquiries.

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