Closing date: 31 August 2019

Start date: October 2019

Supervisor: Dr E Jewell and Dr R Edwards

Sponsoring company: Solar Polar

This post will remain open until a suitable candidate is found and we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

Air conditioning is one of the fastest growing consumer product markets in the world. This is due to a combination of growing wealth in sun belt countries, increased incidence of record high temperatures in both sun belt and higher latitude and reduction in unit costs.

This has the effect that efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide are being frustrated, and in places, reversed by this market trend. In addition, many of the hottest areas have no mains electricity or intermittent supply.

Solar air conditioning is the obvious answer, as no external electricity need be provided. However, photovoltaic panels remain low efficiency although they are showing price reductions year on year. This means that to achieve the cooling power needed in places, a panel area to be greater than that available.

Solar Polar Ltd, has developed a thermal solar cooling system for food storage and vaccine refrigeration that uses thermal solar heat exclusively. Solar collectors are many more times efficient at collecting solar energy and thus the collector area is reduced. There is a clear advantage over photovoltaics and mains power in terms of required area and product cost.

Solar thermal conditioning is the next biggest target market with an opportunity to provide zero carbon cooling for between 1 and 2 billion people.

One of the biggest tests to this next move is the building integration of the technology. How it fits within new designs of zero or negative carbon housing and even more challenging, how it might retrofit to existing housing stock. Linked to that is a route to market strategy for the business.

The Research Engineer will:

  • Understand the challenges for building integration of the system.
  • Devise a range of possible solutions.
  • Develop possible solutions at product demonstration scale.
  • Develop a route to market strategy.

Swansea University is a top 30 UK institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2019 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) in the College of Engineering is a Swansea University initiative which provides postgraduate research training in partnership with industry; providing access to world-class laboratories and a wealth of academic and industry expertise. The M2A is committed to delivering high quality collaborative research opportunities within an inclusive environment, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Swansea University and Industry partners.

Interwoven through the research study are business, technical and entrepreneurial courses, designed to support and prepare participants for a senior role in industry or academia, on completion of their studies. Research Engineers may participate in our career mentoring system, offering opportunities to engage with M2A alumni and other senior staff from across the University.

The Athena SWAN charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committee to addressing unequal gender representation.

Applications from women are particularly welcomed. As a positive action to address gender imbalance, female undergraduates considering a career in research are invited to join our two-day laboratory taster session and learn about a typical day in the life of a research engineer.

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Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

To apply for this scholarship, please complete the online application form.

Informal enquiries about this scholarship are welcome and may be directed by email to:

Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Science degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent relevant experience to the same level, to join the M2A community of research engineers.

To be eligible for WEFO funding, applicants should:

  • Be a UK or EU citizen (eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of their studies.
  • Be resident within West Wales and the Valleys at the time of enrolment and for the duration of the candidature.
  • Must not be financially able to participate in study for a postgraduate research degree without the award of this funding.

To be eligible for EPSRC funding, applicants should:

  • Be eligible for home tuition fees at Swansea University.
  • Have settled status in the UK, meaning no restrictions on the length of stay in the UK; and be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant, apart from temporary or occasional absences.
  • Not have been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. This does not apply to UK nationals and EU nationals who were ordinarily resident in the EU immediately before the period of full-time education.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found here.

Funding Notes

The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a. for a period of four years.

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

31 August 2019

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