Research Fellow – Cold Energy Storage Materials and Devices - School of Chemical Engineering

University of Birmingham

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Town/City:

Birmingham


Position type:

Full time


Salary:

£30,942 - £42,792

23 Mar 2020
23 Apr 2020

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-200001JE

Position Details

Area: School of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322, with potential progression once in post to £42,792

Hours: Full time

Duration: Fixed-term for up to 24 months

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Closing Date: 23 April 2020

 

Background

The Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES) is recruiting a highly motivated researcher to join a successful research team at the University of Birmingham.

BCES is a cross-campus centre with its hub in the School of Chemical Engineering. It is part of the Birmingham Energy Institute and brings together research from across the University to drive innovation in thermal energy storage. The Centre’s research activities cover both fundamental and applied research in novel materials, devices and systems of thermal and chemical energy storage, multiscale modelling, process scale-up and high-value manufacturing (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/energystorage).

This role focuses on the development of new formulations of cold energy storage materials, particularly phase change and thermochemical materials, devices based on the materials, and associated large scale manufacture methods. The position requires an individual with high level of experience and qualifications related to cold storage materials, high level analytical capability with proficiency in experiments and an excellent set of skills in the use of relevant analytical equipment.

Role Purpose

To develop new formulations of cold energy storage materials particularly phase change and thermochemical materials, devices based on the materials, and associated large scale manufacture methods.

 

Main Duties

  • Conduct own and original research
  • Theoretical predictions of thermophysical properties of cold storage materials particularly phase change and thermochemical storage materials;
  • Formulation, characterisation, analysis, optimisation and manufacture of the cold energy storage materials;
  • Investigation into crystallisation and supercooling behaviour of cold storage materials and development of a methods to reduce the supercooling;
  • Design and test of cold storage devices based on the cold storage materials;
  • Design and construction of an experimental system to measure the charge and discharge behaviour of the cold storage devices;
  • Interactions with both academic and industrial collaborators in the project teams, and building internal & external contacts and networks;
  • Helping with training PhD students and other group members who are working on similar areas;
  • Writing journal and conference publications;
  • Organising review meetings, seminars and conferences;
  • Supervising student’s projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
  • Assisting supervisors to train researchers and students new to the laboratories and to ensure the laboratories to meet health and safety requirements

 

Person Specification

  • A first or a 2:1 degree in relevant science/engineering discipline and hold or be close to completing a PhD or equivalent experience and qualifications in an area related to the main research responsibilities outlined above (Essential);
  • A high level analytical capability with proficiency in experiments (Essential);
  • A high level of knowledge in cold storage materials particularly phase change materials and/or thermochemical materials, and associated physical chemistry (Essential);
  • An excellent set of skills in the use of relevant analytical equipment (Essential);
  • Demonstrable prior experience with track record in areas closely related to the main research responsibilities as outlined above (Essential);
  • An ability to communicate complex information clearly (Essential);
  • A good understanding of phase diagrams and associated theory and modelling skills (Essential);
  • Experience in mathematical modelling using CFD software (Desirable);
  • An ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively (Desirable).

 

Informal enquiries can be made to Yulong Ding; y.ding@bham.ac.uk

 

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