Research Associate at Imperial College London

A Postdoc position is available at Imperial College London. This fellowship is available for all students around the world. Applications are invited up to October 14, 2018.

Applications are invited by highly talented researchers for a Research Associate position to pursue research into the modelling, computer-aided molecular design and system optimisation of organic Rankine cycle (ORC) and absorption refrigeration cycle (ARC) systems for industrial waste-heat recovery and conversion applications.

This project is of one of three major research projects funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the strategic area of "Reducing Industrial Energy Demand", and has four academic partners (Imperial, Cambridge, Brunel and Birmingham) and approximately 20 industrial partners [see:].

This exciting piece of research focuses on the development of advanced technological solutions and modelling tools which can have a transformative role in the energy sector in the decades to come. You will be provided with the unique opportunity to work alongside highly acclaimed academic investigators and pioneering industrial partners in a world-leading research environment.

You will work in the research groups of Prof. Sandro Macchietto and Prof. Christos Markides. Some of your key responsibilities will include:
- To contribute to the development of a computer-aided molecular design (CAMD) Technology Design & Evaluation Platform, incorporating the ORC and ARC component models and the SAFT-based group contribution (for selection of working-fluids) within a multi-objective optimisation modelling platform.
- To develop a software Component Modelling Tool for heat exchangers with two-phase (evaporative/condensing) flow), to calculate the technical and economic performance of new designs.
- To integrate the above components with others (developed in separate parts of the project) into an overall system, and demonstrate their use in industrial case studies applications.

You will have a Master's degree in chemical/mechanical engineering, and a PhD (or equivalent), or be near to completion in chemical/mechanical engineering, sustainable/renewable energy technologies and/or process systems engineering.

You will be expected to have a foundation in energy, thermodynamics and heat transfer, power-conversion systems and other energy conversion systems, specifically modelling experience of ORC and/or ARC systems, a good knowledge of and practical skills in modelling, simulation and optimisation, ideally with knowledge of computer-aided molecular design methods. You will have the ability to build mathematical models as well as develop and apply new concepts. You will also have a track record of refereed journal publications. You will be able to produce clear written reports and presentations.

The post is available immediately. Initial appointment will be on a fixed term contract for 18 months with the possibility of extension depending on funding. The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

For informal enquiries, please contact Prof. S.Macchietto ( or Prof. C.N. Markides (

To apply, please select the “Apply now” button at the top of this 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 Sneha Saunders (


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