University of Hull University of Hull
Summary The University of Hull is seeking to apppoint a Research Fellow in Low Carbon Heating Systems - Solar Energy Study. This post is offered on a 12-month fixed-term basis and is immediately available. Further extension is possible. The interdisciplinary Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull brings together the skills and capabilities of leading researchers to tackle global challenges related to climate change and population growth and their consequences for society and livelihoods. We work within four themes at the interface between sustainable energy and environmental resilience. The Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies is one of the most dynamic research units within the University of Hull. The research activities of the Centre, covering sustainable heating and cooling, renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency technologies, smart energy management, as well as green buildings, can effectively contribute to mitigate the global challenges in energy and environment and therefore place significant impact to the UK and worldwide. The Centre is seeking for a research fellow who will work on a BEIS (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) funded project to develop a novel low carbon heating system for UK public buildings, with particular focus on the solar energy development and project management. This system is expected to have around 50% higher system performance factor (SPFH14), 10% lower capital cost, and 20% lower operational cost compared to existing solar assisted heat pump systems of the same capacity, while the associated fossil fuel saving and carbon emission reduction rate of the proposed system will be 15% higher than existing ones. The job context will include computer modelling, prototype design, construction and testing, real site demonstration, as well as economic and environmental performance analysis. In particular, the researcher will be required to develop a novel solar driven heat pump heating system. Furthermore, the preparation of technical reports, organisation of meetings, and liaison of relevant personnel internally and externally are also part of the works involved. From the internal side, the researcher will work with a few research fellows and a technician to complete the planned works as required. The researcher will be provided with the work programme and will complete various tasks as outlined in the schedule. The researcher will attend the regular meetings with the supervisors to identify and resolve problems arising, and prepare technical reports as part of the workload. The researcher will also be encouraged to publish papers in refereed journals and international conferences. You need to have a PhD degree in Engineering Thermophysics, Mechanical or Renewable Energy Engineering, with excellent experience in proposal writing-up and research application, project management and researcher supervision, laboratory work, as well as computer modelling skill. You are expected to have good communications skills in English. Knowledge in thermo-fluid, heat pump, heating, solar energy, as well as mechanical engineering is also important to this post. Informal enquiries about this role may be addressed to Professor Xudong Zhao, Email: [email protected] For information about the University and Energy and Environment Institute, please visit: https://www.hull.ac.uk/work-with-us/research/institutes/energy-and-environment-institute.aspx Proud member of the Disability Confident employer scheme About Disability Confident A Disability Confident employer will generally offer an interview to any applicant that declares they have a disability and meets the minimum criteria for the job as defined by the employer. It is important to note that in certain recruitment situations such as high-volume, seasonal and high-peak times, the employer may wish to limit the overall numbers of interviews offered to both disabled people and non-disabled people. For more details please go to Disability Confident .