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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Phase Change Material

Engineering & Technology

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £37,099 per annum
Grade:  Grade 08
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (18 months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 11 August 2024
Interview Date:  Friday 23 August 2024
Reference:  0380-24
Release Date:  Wednesday 10 July 2024

Department of Mechanical, Biomedical and Design Engineering at Aston University is seeking a motivated Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join a project with Hubl Logistics UK. This initiative aims to redesign CoolRun Pods for the African market, focusing on transporting fruits, vegetables, and frozen meat/fish.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research and Development: Develop criteria for phase change materials (PCMs) tailored for African climates. Conduct literature reviews and experimental studies to identify effective PCMs.
  • Design and Simulation: Create 3D CAD models of CoolRun Pods, focusing on PCM encapsulation. Perform CFD simulations to optimize thermal management.
  • Experimental Analysis: Design and conduct experiments to analyse PCM charging and discharging. Evaluate thermal performance under various conditions.
  • Digital Twin Development: Develop a CFD-coupled digital twin to predict cooling pod performance. Validate and refine the model with experimental data.
  • Collaboration and Reporting: Work with Hubl Logistics' teams. Prepare reports and scientific publications. Present findings at conferences and meetings.

What we offer:

  • Aston University is a vibrant campus located within Birmingham city centre, which has excellent transport links via bus or train.
  • Excellent training and development opportunities.
  • A generous annual leave scheme with 30 days bookable leave and a further 13 days of bank holiday and University closure days.
  • Everyday discounts to a number of activities and retailers.
  • Great family-friendly policies.
  • On-site gym and pool with discounted staff membership available.
  • Further information on our Benefits and Rewards can be found here.

For informal enquiries about this position, you can contact Dr Muhammad Imran (

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