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Research Assistant/Associate

Imperial College London

Location: London
Salary: £36,694 to £49,210 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th November 2021
Closes: 14th December 2021
Job Ref: ENG01935
 

Location: South Kensington, London

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering invites applications for a Research Assistant or a Research Associate to work as part of a team on a project which aims to develop a next-generation concentrating PV-thermal (CPV-T) prototype with a simple, low-cost, modular and easily-scalable design for industrial applications. The project aims to increase the thermal and electrical efficiencies of an existing CPV-T collector by over 30% to >55% and at least 50% to >15%, respectively, enabling significantly reduced collector areas and costs, while also increasing the maximum heat-delivery temperature, currently limited to 65 °C, to well in excess of 100 °C (target: ~200 °C), making the technology applicable to a wider range of applications. The technology relies on splitting the solar spectrum into a part that is sent to the absorber for fluid heating (the thermal output) 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 cells. The project is funded by the Royal Society and is part of an International Collaboration Award. You will closely collaborate with our external research partners from Tecnológico de Monterrey (TEC) in Mexico.

Duties and responsibilities

You will develop a comprehensive model coupling photovoltaics (PV), optical, thermodynamic, heat transfer and fluid-dynamic modules. The model should be validated against existing experiment data provided by TEC, following which the model will be used to design and optimize a CPV-T collector based on data from TEC, targeting specific improvements. You will firstly focus improvements (PV materials, emissivity control, evacuation, heat transfer enhancement) to an existing CPV-T collector at TEC. You will then focus on advanced improvements (spectral filtering, split/second absorber), to allow this collector to attain improved efficiency while reducing costs considering the generate of both electricity and high-temperature heat suitable for a wide range of industrial applications.

Essential requirements

You should have or be near completion of a Masters (essential) and PhD (desirable) in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, Physics or in a related field of study. You are also expected to have a strong foundation in heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics and knowledge (essential) and experience (desirable) of solar energy technologies.

Further information

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 - £39,888 per annum.

The post is available immediately for 12 months, with the possibility of extension. The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus). 

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Christos Markides (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: ENG01935. Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission.

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact chemeng.staffing@imperial.ac.uk.

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