Research Assistant-associate at Imperial College London

Imperial College London, UK is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a postdoctoral scholar position in mechanical engineering. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 12 months. Candidates are welcome before March 10, 2019.

The Department of Chemical Engineering invites applications for a researcher to work as part of a team on a project which aims to develop an innovative, integrated PV and solar-thermal (PVT) hybrid solar collector concept that is projected to deliver up to 3-4 times more useful energy (heat+electricity) than standard PV panels and 1.5-2 times more energy than conventional hybrid PVT collectors from the same area. 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 Solar Flow, a spinout company from Imperial that has been formed to commercialize this technology.

Assisted by other researchers and focussing here on electrical and optical aspects, the candidate will develop suitable models, and use these to design and construct a prototype collector. Performance tests will be performed at Imperial and further outdoor testing will also be performed in collaboration with the University of Cyprus. The prototype design stage will involve selecting, optimising and testing constituent components such as: PV cells, nano-fluids, low-emissivity and anti-reflective components, followed by characterising the components prior to collector construction and performance testing.

You should have a Masters (essential) and PhD (desirable), or equivalent, in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, Physics or in a related field of study. The applicants are also expected to have a strong foundation in photovoltaics, optics and knowledge and experience of related solar PV technologies, and ideally in spectral splitting.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range 33,380 - 35,061 per annum.

The post is available immediately with a start date preferably of or close to 1 March 2019. Initial appointment is 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 (

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Deadline: March 10, 2019
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