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About the role
In this role you will work on the EU H2020 Project ‘GeoHeX: Advanced material for cost-efficient and enhanced heat exchange performance for geothermal application”. The project is part of Cambridge-based Materials Innovation Centre (MatIC) which is a long-term strategic partnership between TWI and the University of Leicester, focusing on novel materials development, materials characterization, and materials modelling. This is a progressive and exciting post where you will work as part of the project team and will develop novel materials and coatings for geothermal heat exchanger applications. The coatings will be based on Ni-P/Ni-P-PTFE, CuO, Fe3O4 andAl2O3-TiO2 composites. The focus of one task is on the development of a super hydrophobic layer for innovative heat exchanger design.
 
The Project will rely on the use of low cost carbon steel as base material for heat exchangers (HeXs). Through modifying the surface with nanoporous coating and controlling the surface chemistry (along with the surface structure), you will significantly improve the heat transfer performance of single phase and phase change heat transfer process respectively. You are expected to provide high-level support to develop the coatings, nanomaterials and corrosion functionalities.
 
You will work as part of Dr Shiladitya Paul’s team based in Cambridge UK as part of the Materials Innovation Centre (MatIC). While working on the topics of the grant, it is encouraged to collaborate nationally and internationally as well as with other academics in the Engineering department. You will be expected to interact with, and supervise PhD students undertaking their research at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) and contribute to the research strands of NSIRC so as to meet its mission. Amongst the aims of NSIRC is to develop a critical mass of research informed by the needs of industry, across the field of structural integrity and to develop novel postgraduate programmes to train the next generation of researchers and engineers to support UK science and innovation. Further information about NSIRC is available here.
About you
With a relevant PhD (or equivalent) you will have demonstrated expertise and research potential in Nanomaterials, Coatings or Corrosion. You will be able to demonstrate the ability to initiate, develop and deliver high-quality research with an excellent record of research achievement, underpinned by a record of publication in high-quality peer-reviewed journals. A key part of this role is to be able to identify areas of research collaboration as including industrial collaborations. Good communication skills are key along with the ability to plan, organise, implement and deliver programmes of work.
Additional information
For informal enquiries, please contact Dr S Paul [sp660@le.ac.uk]
 
We anticipate that interviews will take place in the second and third week of September 2019.
 
Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.
 
In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension schemes and a generous annual leave allowance. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.