Research Assistant/Associate

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant/Associate to join a dynamic, multidisciplinary team with interests in energy systems engineering, energy technologies, energy and carbon management, and intelligent communication on a privately funded research programme with the UK food retailer “Sainsbury’s Supermarkets”. The research will be carried out alongside colleagues from other college...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01165
  • Date posted 23 January 2020
  • Closing date 9 March 2020

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant/Associate to join a dynamic, multidisciplinary team with interests in energy systems engineering, energy technologies, energy and carbon management, and intelligent communication on a privately funded research programme with the UK food retailer “Sainsbury’s Supermarkets”. The research will be carried out alongside colleagues from other college departments as well as an industrial network of contacts.

Research group website: www.imperial.ac.uk/sainsburys-decarbonisation-partnership

The desire for sustainable operations has led organizations to develop strategies for enhancing their environmental footprint and to develop sustainable business models and operations, while also being socially responsible. Food-retail chains are responsible for an important part of our current energy use and emissions, and have set themselves ambitious decarbonisation targets. To achieve these goals, decarbonisation plans have to be developed.

The proposed research will develop and demonstrate solutions for improved energy use and carbon mitigation of a large and complex organisation in a competitive environment. The opportunity focuses on developing novel technologies, operation strategies and investment for DER systems, establishing cloud-based platform approaches for real-time control and optimisation of the operation of energy technologies, exploring methods of reducing energy use in building and logistics operations and providing effective decision-making criteria models.%MCEPASTEBIN%

Duties and responsibilities

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable research track record in engineering or technical research with experience in built environment, low-carbon technologies, energy efficiency, sustainability research projects, as well as in proposing and evaluating energy projects and delivering technical presentations to experts and interested laypersons.

You should have a PhD or equivalent in Chemical/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering or a related field, and are expected to have a strong foundation in energy conversion technologies, energy regulation in the UK, distributed generation, demand side management and intelligent communication systems. Experience in modelling energy systems or energy processes and knowledge of optimisation software or cloud-based control platforms would be an advantage.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 – £38,566 per annum.

Further information

This post is fixed term for 12 months and will be based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus)

For informal enquiries, please contact: Professor Christos Markides (c.markides@imperial.ac.uk) – for specifics of this post, or Dr Salvador Acha (salvador.acha@imperial.ac.uk) – for general enquiries about the Sainsbury’s partnership

To apply, please click the Apply Now button at the top of the page. Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission. 

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact chemeng.staffing@imperial.ac.uk

Closing date: midnight on Monday 9th March 

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