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Research Associate

Imperial College London - Chemical Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £37,904 to £43,198
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th October 2018
Closes: 18th November 2018
Job Ref: ENG00555
 

Campus: South Kensington, London

This project aims to develop a novel integrated PV and solar-thermal (PVT) hybrid solar panel concept that can deliver up to 3-4 times more useful energy (heat+electricity) compared to standard PV panels and 1.5-2 times more energy than conventional hybrid PVT panels from the same area, especially for higher heat delivery temperatures. The technology relies on splitting the solar spectrum into a part that is sent to the absorber for water heating while the rest is sent to the PV cells for conversion to electricity, thus decoupling the absorber from the PV cells, and avoiding unnecessary heating of the latter.

You will develop a prototype and perform tests using the facilities of the Clean Energy Processes (CEP) Laboratory at Imperial College. Outdoor testing will be performed in collaboration with the University of Nicosia (Cyprus). The prototype development will involve optimising and testing components such as: solar PV cells, nano-fluids, low-emissivity and anti-reflective components, and performing detailed optical and thermal characterisation of the components prior to panel construction and testing.

You should have a PhD (or equivalent) in Engineering, Physics or related field of study. You are expected to have strong foundations in heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. Knowledge of solar energy/PV technologies is desirable.

The post is available immediately with a start date preferably on or close to 01 December 2018. Initial appointment will be on a fixed-term contract for 12 months, with the possibility of extension depending on funding. The project will be supported by Solar Flow Limited (SFL), a recently established SME which aims to commercialise the technology.

Further information about the post is available in the job description. For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Christos N. Markides (email: c.markides@imperial.ac.uk).

To apply, please visit our website: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs. You will find this vacancy by searching either the position title or job number: ENG00555. Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission.  

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Sneha Saunders (s.saunders@imperial.ac.uk). For technical issues when applying online, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk.

Closing date: Midnight on 18 November 2018

About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

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In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation.

   
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