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Technology Transfer Fellow - Solar thermal

Swansea University - College of Engineering

Location: Swansea
Salary: £30,046 to £33,797 per annum together with USS pension benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd February 2021
Closes: 25th March 2021
Job Ref: AC04393

Location: This position will be based within the SPECIFIC Project locations (Bay Campus or Baglan Site), Swansea 

SPECIFIC is a National Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC), led by Swansea University with strategic industrial partners Tata Steel, Akzo Nobel, NSG Pilkington and Cardiff University and more than 50 other partners from academia and industry. SPECIFIC’s vision is to transform the world of energy by creating ‘Active Buildings’ that can generate, store and release solar energy. It is the only UK centre that is developing building-integrated solutions combining solar thermal and heat storage with photovoltaics and electrical storage. SPECIFIC and its partners support the commercialisation of disruptive technologies by taking the concept from research through to full scale demonstration. SPECIFIC is funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK and the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

The provision of heat accounts for approximately half of the total energy consumed in the UK and consequently carries a huge COburden. At SPECIFIC we are researching and developing thermochemical heat storage materials, such as S.I.M. (salt in matrix) materials, to assist in the decarbonisation of the global heat network and provide sustainable and economically viable heating for future generations.

As part of the ongoing development, the energy storage within and heat evolution from the SIM with varying material and process parameters is continually being assessed. Further to this, the long-term changes to the materials are also investigated. The new role will allow the successful candidate to continue with the systematic assessment of the discharge cycles of the current SIM materials and assist with the development of novel materials with enhanced cyclic performance. Further to this, the successful candidate will support the upscaling of SIM systems into building scale systems

This role will be working as part of an established, but expanding, research team looking to deliver on multiple activities focused around the storage and reuse of low-grade heat.

Essential criteria:

  1. PhD or equivalent in materials science, chemical engineering or similar engineering field.
  2. Evidence of the ability to actively engage in and contribute to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals.
  3. A demonstrable ability to conduct research in line with the objectives of the project
  4. Evidence of planning skills to contribute to the research project
  5. Track record of systematic practical laboratory experimentation
  6. Evidence of data processing and analysis of laboratory experiments
  7. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

Desirable Criteria

  1. Master’s in engineering, Physical Sciences or a related subject.
  2. Evidence of iterative experimental design
  3. Experience of analytical techniques
  4. Have or be near completing PhD or equivalent in Engineering, Physical Sciences or a related subject.
  5. Supervision and support of postgraduate or graduate level research activities
  6. Contribution to the application for external funding and the development of research programs

Informal enquiries: informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Jonathon Elvins at  More information on the SPECIFIC IKC can be found at

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