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Postdoctoral Scientist(s) for Concentrated Solar Thermal Technologies (EEWRC_PCSTT_17_04)

Reference Number
EEWRC_PCSTT_17_04
Job Description

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a European non-profit science and technology institution based in Cyprus and led by an acclaimed Board of Trustees. The research aims of the CyI are represented by three research centers: the Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CASTORC), the Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC), and the Energy Environment Water Research Center (EEWRC). Considerable cross-center interaction is a characteristic of the Institute’s culture.

The CyI invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scientist(s) in Concentrated Thermal Technologies.

The successful applicant(s) will be actively engaged with the on-going research at the Cyprus Institute in Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) technologies. They will be part of the research team associated with the European Research Area (ERA) Chair in Solar Thermal Technologies for the Eastern Mediterranean (CySTEM). As stated by the European Commission in its website, “the “ERA Chairs” is an important part of the EU’s effort to unlock Europe’s potential in research and innovation.” The holder of CySTEM ERA Chair is Prof. Manuel J. Blanco, who is currently also the Chair of SolarPACES, the International Energy Agency’s Technology Collaboration Program for CST related technologies.

The postdoctoral appointment(s) will be initially for a fixed term period of 2 or 3 years, with the option of renewal until the total duration of appointment of the postdoctoral fellow(s) at the Institute reaches 4 years, depending on performance and availability of funds. The annual salary is to be internationally competitive and will be determined based on the applicants’ experience and qualifications. In addition to the salary, each postdoctoral fellow will have a career development plan tailored to its specific circumstances, interest, experience and skills, which will include training at CyI, secondments at prestigious research institutions around the world and participation in international conferences and events. In addition, the postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to assist in the supervision of doctoral students that study at the CyI’s Graduate School.

Responsibilities

We are very actively developing novel concepts of small scale polygeneration CST systems, with an emphasis on power generation and desalination. The selected Post-doctoral Fellow(s) will focus on one or more of the following research and engineering lines of activity, depending on their interest and skills:

  • Small-scale polygeneration CST system. Design, development, techno-economic modelling, optimization and prototype testing of this type of systems being investigated at the Cyprus Institute.
  • Light Collection and Concentration (LCC) subsystem. Design, development adaptation, simulation, construction and testing of this subsystem, which comprises the heliostat field, the tower(s) and the receiver(s).
  • Solar radiation to thermal conversion subsystem. Design, development adaptation, simulation, construction and testing of this subsystem, which comprises the secondary concentrators, if any, and the receiver(s).
  • Thermal energy storage subsystem. Design, development adaptation, simulation, construction and testing of this subsystem, which comprises, the thermal storage and all auxiliary piping and equipment.
  • Power generation subsystem. Design, development adaptation, simulation, construction and testing of this subsystem, which comprises the power block, and the associated balance of plant.
  • Desalination subsystem. Design, development adaptation, simulation, construction and testing of this subsystem, which comprises the core desalination subsystem and the associated balance of plant.
Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD in a relevant field of science or engineering
  • An educational background in one of the following or similar fields:
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering
    • Experimental physics
    • Electrical engineering
  • Publications in relevant fields
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to adopt to a multicultural/multinational environment
  • High level of organizational, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential. Knowledge of the Greek language will be considered an advantage.

​​Additional, preferred specialised experience in one or more of the following fields would be considered as an advantage:

  • Thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • Computational and experimental fluid-mechanics
  • Concentrating Solar Thermal systems
  • Polygeneration and desalination
  • Thermal storage types and devices (e.g. molten salts), high temperature engineering
  • Power generation
  • Electrical grid technology
  • Desalination systems
  • Standards in power system modelling (generation, transmission, distribution)
  • Grid models, Phase technologies, Load flow analysis, Substations equipment, Generators and sources, Reactive power compensation
  • Instrumentation, power electronic devices
  • Control systems
Application/Contact

For full consideration, interested applicants should attach a letter of interest, CV and the names of three contactable referees (all documentation should be in English and in PDF Format). For further information, please contact Mr. George Kirkos (g.kirkos@cyi.ac.cy). Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Please note that applications which do not follow the announcement’s guidelines will not be considered.

Closing Date
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Center
Status
Open