Technology Transfer Fellow – Computational Analyst



Salary: £30,497 to £34,304 per annum together with USS pension benefits

Hours of Work: 35 hours per week

Contract: This is a fixed term position until 31st March 2023

Location: This position will be based within the SPECIFIC Project locations (Bay Campus or Baglan Site)

SPECIFIC is a National Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC), led by Swansea University with strategic industrial partners Tata Steel, Akzo Nobel, NSG Pilkington and Cardiff University and more than 50 other partners from academia and industry. SPECIFIC’s vision is to transform the world of energy by creating ‘Active Buildings’ that can generate, store and release solar energy. It is the only UK centre that is developing building-integrated solutions combining solar thermal and heat storage with photovoltaics and electrical storage. SPECIFIC and its partners support the commercialisation of disruptive technologies by taking the concept from research through to full scale demonstration. SPECIFIC is funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK and the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

SPECIFIC is located in Baglan Energy Park in the Baglan Bay Innovation Centre (BBIC), this provides an opportunity to cluster innovative companies and organisations around it. The BBIC and SPECIFIC’s bespoke Pilot Line Manufacturing Centre (PMRC) is near Swansea University’s new Science and Innovation Campus. This combination is becoming increasingly attractive to companies looking to collaborate and commercialise new technology.

The provision of heat accounts for approximately half of the total energy consumed in the UK and consequently carries a huge COburden. At SPECIFIC we are researching and developing thermochemical heat storage materials, such as S.I.M. (salt in matrix) materials, to assist in the decarbonisation of the global heat network and provide sustainable and economically viable heating for future generations.

This role will be working as part of an established, but expanding, research team looking to deliver on multiple activities focused around the storage and reuse of low-grade heat.

Main Duties

  1. Development of analysis methods for the appraisal of thermochemical storage.
  2. Development of fundamental computational models for energy release and capture based on first principles physics / chemistry.
  3. Aid reactor design through computational assessment of mass and heat transfer through the reactor.
  4. Take part in industrial data collection on industrial collaborators’ sites.
  5. Undertake complimentary laboratory experimental trials to parametrically validate the industrial data.

Essential criteria:

  1. PhD/EngD or equivalent in physics, materials science, chemical engineering or similar engineering field.
  2. Advanced user of MATLAB for large dataset analysis
  3. Evidence of working in close collaboration with industry including working on site.
  4. Evidence of dataset analysis for identification of key parameters.
  5. Evidence of planning skills to contribute to the research project.
  6. Track record of systematic practical laboratory experimentation
  7. Evidence of data processing and analysis of laboratory experiments
  8. A demonstrable ability to conduct research in line with the objectives of the project.
  9. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  10. Evidence of presenting work to an industrial audience.

Informal enquiries: informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Jonathon Elvins at

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