Postdoctoral Research Associate in Phase Change Material (0380-24)

Aston University
August 11, 2024
Offerd Salary:£37,099
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Contract Type:Fixed Term (18 month
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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Phase Change Material Engineering & Technology Location: Aston University Main Campus

Salary: £37,099 per annum Grade: Grade 08 Contract Type: Fixed Term (18 months)

Basis: Full Time Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Sunday 11 August 2024 Interview Date: Friday 23 August 2024 Reference: 0380-24 Release Date: Wednesday 10 July 2024

Department of Mechanical, Biomedical and Design Engineering at Aston University is seeking a motivated Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join a project with Hubl Logistics UK. This initiative aims to redesign CoolRun Pods for the African market, focusing on transporting fruits, vegetables, and frozen meat/fish.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research and Development: Develop criteria for phase change materials (PCMs) tailored for African climates. Conduct literature reviews and experimental studies to identify effective PCMs.
  • Design and Simulation: Create 3D CAD models of CoolRun Pods, focusing on PCM encapsulation. Perform CFD simulations to optimize thermal management.
  • Experimental Analysis: Design and conduct experiments to analyse PCM charging and discharging. Evaluate thermal performance under various conditions.
  • Digital Twin Development: Develop a CFD-coupled digital twin to predict cooling pod performance. Validate and refine the model with experimental data.
  • Collaboration and Reporting: Work with Hubl Logistics' teams. Prepare reports and scientific publications. Present findings at conferences and meetings.
  • What we offer:

  • Aston University is a vibrant campus located within Birmingham city centre, which has excellent transport links via bus or train.
  • Hybrid working is possible for this role, which means working both on campus and from home depending on the activity. Further information on hybrid working can be found here.
  • Excellent training and development opportunities.
  • A generous annual leave scheme with 30 days bookable leave and a further 13 days of bank holiday and University closure days.
  • Everyday discounts to a number of activities and retailers.
  • Great family-friendly policies.
  • On-site gym and pool with discounted staff membership available.
  • Further information on our Benefits and Rewards can be found here.
  • For informal enquiries about this position, you can contact Dr Muhammad Imran ([email protected])

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