Research Assistant/Associate Research Fellow in Mechanical Engineering



The University of Plymouth has been named as one of the top 25 institutions globally in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021 and is ranked 1st globally in relation to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals: Life Below Water, recognising the quality of the University’s marine research and teaching.

The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics is home to an extensive portfolio of research from offshore renewable energy, coastal engineering and robotics to cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and data science. The School brings together internationally recognised research staff with close industrial links through collaborative research and development across the UK and internationally.

The research project (under EuroSwac – European Sea Water Air Conditioning), aims to advance new sustainable energy technologies and storage in marine environments. The research will utilise facilities at University of Plymouth’s Brixham Laboratory to deliver an impact demonstrator which exploits the use of energy recovery technologies and distribution designs to maximise energy utilisation efficiencies. This include impact analysis of seawater discharge on marine environments through physical, analytical and numerical modelling to provide solutions for economical renewable energy resource.

Two positions are available and applicants are invited from early career researchers and/or professional engineers who can demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm for innovative research. Candidates to fill this role should have:

  • a strong research background in relevant disciplines (such as Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science), or in related fields;
  • specialist knowledge in subject areas of Fluid Mechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics / Heat Transfer;
  • experience or awareness on sea water air conditioning, or related systems.
  • expertise in computer programming or use of open-source codes.

Please demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the knowledge, qualifications, training and experience elements of the job description in your supporting statement.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Dr Yeaw Chu Lee by email

Closing Date: 12 Midnight, Wednesday 15th September 2021

Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 20th September 2021 and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.

We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities.

These are full-time positions working 37 hours per week on fixed term basis for a period of up to 18 months due to funding.

The University of Plymouth is a diverse, welcoming community where everyone makes a difference and is encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. To find out more about our inclusive community, initiatives such as Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter and our range of benefits / support mechanisms such as flexible working, staff networks and enhanced maternity, paternity & adoption leave please visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpages.

We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups such as BAME/BIPOC and LGBT+

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