IDRIC Research Fellow in Thermal Energy Storage for Industrial Processes


Closing date: 10/01/2022

Location: Birmingham

Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 Grade 7

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,406 to £40,927 with potential progression once in post to £43,434

Fixed-term for up to 12 months

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

The Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES) is recruiting a highly motivated researcher to join the teams at the University of Birmingham. BCES is a cross-campus centre with its hub in the School of Chemical Engineering, with activities covering both fundamental and applied research in novel systems thermal fir thermal energy.

This post is part of the BCES team working on EPSRC project (EP/V027050/1) in close collaboration with Universities of Swansea, Durham and others.

The post holder will work closely with researchers across the project consortiums, and mainly contribute to develop and demonstrate a novel integrated thermal energy storage and gas compression integrated system, for evaluation and integration in zero-carbon industrial processes. The post holder will also have opportunities to visit oversea collaborators (secondment) and the travel expense will be fully covered by a H2020 RISE project CO-COOL:

The Research Fellow is expected to contribute to the new approach development and demonstration of thermal storage systems with phase change materials (PCMs) integrated with industrial compression systems. The post will focus on phase change materials scale-up, design, fabrication and testing for final demonstration of the integrated system. S/he will also contribute to publications, new grant proposal writing, and PhD student supervision.

Main Duties include

  • To conduct own and original research

  • Proactively participate in research activities around integrated gas compression and thermal storage systems, in particular design, optimization, realization and testing.

  • Perform thermodynamic design and optimization of the integrated gas compression and thermal storage systems

  • Contribute to build and test integrated integrated gas compression and thermal storage system demonstrator

  • To investigate technical and economic benefits of the integrated system within the context of industrial clusters

  • Write project reports, prepare and deliver presentations in seminar and workshops

  • Contribute to writing research papers and support the PI in writing research funding applications

Person Specification

  • The successful candidate will hold or be close to completing a PhD in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, process system engineering, energy engineering or science discipline closely related to the main duties, or equivalent qualifications/experience.

  • A proven track record in engineering thermodynamics, process simulations, and design of process units and demonstrable hands on experience in experimental system design, construction and testing related to the project area.

  • A proven track record in application of heat transfer analysis for design and development of process units

  • A proven track record in presenting and disseminating research to different audiences; strong communication skill and ability to work in a diverse, international and cross disciplinary research and development environment

Informal enquiries can be made to Adriano Sciacovelli, [email protected]

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please visit our careers website;, please quote Job Ref 98798 in all enquiries.

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