Research Fellow (KTP Associate) in Engineering - UoB/Ener-G

Location
United Kingdom
Posted
Aug 07, 2018
Closes
Nov 05, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time
The vacancy will effectively inform research activity at ENER-G company based in Manchester and in the School of Engineering within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and bring through new knowledge and opportunities.

This is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project funded by Innovate UK and ENER-G. The company ENER-G designs, builds, owns, operates & services a range of energy/carbon saving Combined Heat & Power (CHP) installations.

The successful applicant will be employed by the University of Birmingham but will be based at ENER-G’s premises in Salford.

 

Summary of Role

To transfer knowledge from the University of Birmingham to ENER-G by undertaking a specified range of activities within a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded project. The successful candidate will analyse and interpret research findings and results. The aim of proposed research project is to develop low emissions Combined Heat & Power (CHP) systems technology, in response to forthcoming emission legislation.

 

Main Duties

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for the research project, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Understand, analyse and present the latest worldwide emissions legislation, engine (for CHPs) testing requirements and standards and highlight the implications to the company products
  • Sourcing, storing and presenting information from government and trade bodies
  • Analyse and interpret research data. This may be through a variety of research methods such as scientific experimentation and literature reviews
  • Instrumentation (i.e. Data acquisition and emissions analysis) of the engine test rig facilities in order to obtain meaningful data
  • Prototyping and testing of design concepts and scaling considerations
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Selection of optimal system design (i.e. engine modifications, combustion calibration, catalysts selection) against a range of technical and commercial factors
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Involvement in establishing intellectual property rights
  • Project management, given the multi-disciplinary aspect of the work involved in the position
  • Involvement in sales and marketing planning and discussions
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the research project
  • Managing a project to time and to budget
  • Presenting findings and recommendations to both academic and business teams
  • Disseminate research findings for publication
  • Provide guidance to students on research related work where appropriate to the discipline
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

 

Requirements

  • First degree in Mechanical or Chemical and a higher degree in Engineering in the areas of thermodynamics, combustion, internal combustion engines, heat transfer or electrical engineering, or equivalent qualifications
  • High level of analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant model and simulation software (i.e. AVL Boost), techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Knowledge in mathematical modelling and system optimization
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes

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