Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow (Ab/ad sorption cycles and storage) (103182-0121)




£30,942 to £49,553 per annum. See advert text for details.

£30,942 – £40,322 per annum (Research Fellow) or £41,526 – £49,553 (Senior Research Fellow) per annum

Full time, fixed term contract for up to 3 years, ending no later than 30 September 2024.

The Sustainable Thermal Energy Technologies (STET) group has a number of funded projects in both absorption cycles for thermal storage / distribution and adsorption cycles for heat pumps and thermal transformers, the former using low pressure refrigerants and the latter using ammonia refrigerant with chemical salts. Depending on the experience of applicants the post might be in either area, but our preference is for a candidate with experience in absorption.

The HP-FITS project is on absorption thermal storage linked to heat pump systems, with partners at Ulster and Loughborough Universities. It is expected that either a water or alcohol refrigerant will be employed with one of a number of possible absorbents. If the appointed candidate’s experience is in absorption, then their main responsibility will be the absorption thermal storage system for this project.

The EPSRC projects ‘Sorption Heat Pump Systems’ and ‘DELTA-PHI’ are projects on ammonia-salt adsorption cycles for domestic heat pumps and industrial heat transformers respectively. If appointed for their experience in adsorption, then both these projects would be the responsibility of the applicant.

Regardless of which research area you are appointed to, you will assist the Principal Investigator and project partners in the successful execution of the project. You will undertake independent and collaborative research and will be expected to write up your research for publication. You will be expected to deal with any management/administration problems that may arise from the project and produce and present regular project reports ensuring that the project objectives and deadlines are met.

This post is based at the University of Warwick, using the STET research laboratories but you will be expected to participate in meetings at partners’ institutions and to be available for international conferences or meetings as appropriate.

You will have a PhD in a relevant discipline. You will possess quantitative and qualitative research skills in physical experimental work as well as simulation and modelling. The ability to code in Matlab will constitute a distinct advantage.

You will have a developing research profile in thermodynamincs and heat transfer with particular emphasis on either absorption or adsorption cycles for thermal energy storage, transformation, heat pumping or refrigeration with the ability to publish high quality research output. You will be able to contribute to the development of funding proposals. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, time management and IT skills including demonstrable ability to use IT to write technical research papers.

The level of appointment (Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow) will be determined by the successful candidate’s skills and experience.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,942 pa).

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role can be found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick’s jobs pages here.