Research Fellow – 13253-1




£35,963 to £42,488 pa incl. London Allowance (Grade R1)

Institute of Energy Futures

Vacancy Ref: 13253

Full-Time, Fixed-Term 7 months from date of appointment. Projects finishes April 2021.

Brunel University London has a growing research profile in the field of solar energy technology. Recently, they have successfully received Innovate UK Grant as lead Technical Academic partner for the project titled, Innovative Solar Energy Technology for Kenyan Tea Industry (InSET4KTI). To carry out research in order to deliver the intended objectives a post of a Research Fellow, an outstanding expert in the area of solar energy technology, heat transfer and fluid flow has been created. This post is an exciting opportunity for an individual to work with our existing research team and to work with our industrial partners.

The successful candidate will work within the Institute of Energy Futures ( in the Energy Efficient and Sustainable Technologies theme. The Institute and themes undertake research in areas related to solar and other renewable and energy-efficient technologies for the built environment and industrial applications. Our research is supported by state-of-the-art experimental and computing facilities.

The appointee will be expected to develop directly absorbing nanofluid and design solar concentrating collectors to create specifications of a full-scale system. The appointee will be expected to contribute to and coordinate with the industry partners during manufacturing of the solar collector, synthesis of nanofluid and installation in Kenya and collection of performance data and its analysis.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate some essential characteristics: experience of programming using Matlab or COMSOL Multiphysics or similar, knowledge of solar energy technologies, nanofluids and thermal storage, knowledge of heat and fluid flow phenomena, knowledge of research methods and statistical procedures, the ability to acquire and interpret research data and results, the ability to conduct detailed literature reviews, and a willingness to learn concepts outside their current knowledge base.

The appointee will hold a PhD in a relevant subject in engineering (e.g. electrical, mechanical, chemical, energy) or other physical science (e.g. physics, chemistry).

For further information please contact Dr Harjit Singh, E-mail:

Closing date for applications: Monday 3rd August 2020

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