• Posted on: 08th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £30,942 to £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792 - Please note - As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is £33,797
  • REF: 97842
  • Closes: 05th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time


The Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES) is recruiting three highly motivated researchers to join a successful research team at the University of Birmingham. BCES is a cross-campus centre with its hub in the School of Chemical Engineering. It is part of the Birmingham Energy Institute with activities covering both fundamental and applied research in novel materials, devices and systems of thermal and chemical energy conversion and storage, multiscale modelling, process scale-up and materials manufacturing (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/energystorage).

This post is part of the team working on two EPSRC recently awarded projects (EP/V041665/1 and EP/V042033/1) on advanced heating/cooling decarbonisation technologies, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh, and UCL. The post holder will also have opportunities to visit oversea collaborators (secondment) and the travel expense will be fully covered by a H2020 RISE project CO-COOL: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101007976

Summary of Role

The Research Fellow is expected to contribute to the development of thermochemical energy storage and chemisorption heat pump technology, with focus on the system level demonstration and evaluation. S/he will to assess the technical performance of storage-integrated chemisorption heat pump systems through both simulation and experiments. Numerical models will be developed firstly to guide the design and construction of the experimental system. The validated model will be further used to predict the dynamic operation and performance of commercial-scale systems. S/he will also contribute to publications, new grant proposal writing, and PhD student supervision.

The post holder should have a first degree and PhD (or near to completion) in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or other related area, with demonstrable prior experiences and track record. The ideal candidate will be a skilled communicator of complex information and will be able to coordinate his or her own work with others to engage.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

The main duties and responsibilities of post holders are given in the following:

• To conduct own and original research
• To develop numerical model to simulate the dynamic performance of the storage-integrated chemisorption heat pump systems
• To design and construct a full chemisorption heat pump testing platform
• To work closely with other project team members to ensure the developed materials and devices are able to integrated into the testing platform for system performance evaluation
• To assist the techno-economic assessment of the developed technologies
• To interactions with both academic and industrial collaborators in the project teams, and building internal & external contacts and networks
• To help with training PhD students and other group members who are working on similar areas
• To disseminate the research through journal and conference publications
• To organise project review meetings and seminars
• To supervise student’s projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels
• To assist supervisors to train researchers and students new to the laboratories and to ensure the laboratories to meet health and safety requirements
• Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Person Specification


• A first degree in a relevant science/engineering discipline, and a PhD (or near to completion) or equivalent experience and qualifications in an area related to the main research responsibilities outlined above
• A solid background in fundamentals related thermochemical energy storage and heat pumps
• A high level of knowledge in process and system simulation and optimisation
• Demonstrable hands on experiences in lab-scale energy system development and construction
• Demonstrable prior experience and track record in areas closely related to the main research responsibilities
• Ability to communicate complex information clearly
• Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly


• An ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
• Knowledge of process/system control will be an advantage

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Yongliang Li, email: y.li.1@bham.ac.uk

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