Research Assistant – 13760




£30,046 to £40,322 per annum plus £2,166 per annum London Weighting Salary (R1)

Institute of Energy Futures

Research Assistant

Vacancy Ref: 13760

Full-time, fixed term for 3 months (project ends 31 March 2021)

Applications are invited for the position of Research Assistant in the area of Solar Energy Technology. The successful applicant will work as part of the Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst Round 7 funded project titled “Solar Energy for Cleaner, Safer Kitchens in Kenya (C-SPEL)” at Brunel University London. There are UK and one Kenya based industry partners on the project. At Brunel, the new appointment will be part of the Energy Efficient and Sustainable Technologies within the Energy Futures Institute, one of three university wide research institutes.

C-SPEL project aims to develop cost effective solar ventilation systems for typical rural Kenyan kitchens able to deliver acceptable indoor air quality. The project’s main features include designing and sizing of the C-SPEL system comprising of solar panel, battery storage and extraction unit, lab testing and performance demonstration in Kenya. The project has industry partners based in the UK and Kenya. Project outcomes are expected to be applicable to the building sector and commercial and industrial processes across the globe. This being an academia-industry collaborative project, an efficient communication with the UK and Kenya based industry partners will be critical demanding high level of technical as well as communication skills.

The position based at Brunel will be responsible for developing computer models for the indoor environment of a typical Kenyan kitchen, size and select various system components such as solar panel, battery, fans and pollutant sensors; fabricate/innovate and in-lab and outdoor testing of components; data collection at site in Kenya and analyses and provide input to project reports. Close collaboration with the project partners will be required throughout, including attendance at all face to face meetings and tele-conferences.

Applications are invited from individuals with experience in the area of engineering and/or physics with focus on solar energy technologies. The ideal candidate will have research experience into modelling of ventilation systems using COMSOL Multiphysics, thermophysical design and characterisation of solar panels coupled with battery storage and experimental techniques. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work independently are essential.

Enquiries can be addressed to: Dr Harjit Singh,

Closing date for applications: Monday 18th January 2021

For further details and to apply please visit