Post-Doctoral Fellow – Thermal Management and Storage of Integrated Community Energy and Harvesting Systems
Initial 1 year contract with possible extension for another year, immediate start date
Annual Salary $48,000
Design and conduct research while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a research career. Develops and evaluates numerical models. Designs and evaluates experiments. Develops new ideas that promote current research. Prepares and publishes scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. May be responsible for operation of specific equipment. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available.
A doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in an appropriate field (e.g. engineering, physics, mathematics, etc.). Experience with experimental design and numerical modelling in Thermal Management, Storage and System modeling (i.e. Modelica, CFD, TRNSYS, ANSYS CFX & FLUENT, COMSOL). Experimental experience with short-term thermal storage equipment (water tanks, phase change materials) or seasonal thermal storage (geothermal boreholes, aquifer systems). Using modeFRONTIER or Python to couple simulation models with optimization software and Building Energy Modeling Software would be an asset. Familiarity with data analytics and machine learning. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator.
The Integrated Community Energy and Harvesting Systems Lab seeks a postdoctoral fellow with world-class expertise in the area of thermal storage and management of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) integration, building and community level thermo-fluid system design and control optimization. The applicant will join a large multi-disciplinary research team that uses a systems-level approach to integrate thermal and electrical energy generation, storage, distribution and consumption at the community level that significantly reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This will entail thermal experiment design and operation to validate developed numerical models of a variety of thermal DER integration approaches, and the amalgamation of individual modelling components into a holistic software package capable of optimizing and simulating both thermal and electrical microgrid system performance, while considering GHG emissions and economics.
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