Research Assistant / Associate at Imperial College London

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral associate position in mechanical engineering to join Imperial College London, UK. The funds for this fellowship are available for 12 months. Applicants should apply before March 10, 2019.

Applications are invited for an opportunity 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 co-funded by Solar Flow, a spinout company from Imperial that has been formed to commercialize this technology, and the British Council.

Assisted by other researchers and focussing here on thermal aspects and on the integrated design of the whole collector, the candidate will develop 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. Also of interest are assessments of performance within wider renewable energy systems in different applications and environments, and in particular in Fayoum, Egypt, as part of an effort to understand the potential of such systems for covering the region's growing energy demand.

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

*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 directed to Christos

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Deadline: March 10, 2019
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