Research and Job Opportunities in CSP

United State Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Science and Technology Policy Opportunity.

The opportunity enables those with a strong technical background and expertise in an energy-technology-related field to participate in projects integral to the mission of the Solar Energy Technologies Office to make solar energy more affordable and reliable.

This includes contributing to the design of national research and development strategies for advancing photovoltaic and concentrated solar power technology and other technologies that enable better solar integration with the grid.

Participants are expected to apply the expertise gained from their scientific education and research experiences to assist in developing and managing new and ongoing projects. The opportunity is available to applicants holding bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degrees of all quantitative backgrounds as well as applicants with relevant post-graduate experience.

Learn more about the opportunity here and click here to apply by January 15.


The Cyprus Institute

Thermal Science Researcher (s)
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Closing date: 26th January 2018

Scientific Programming Research Assistant (s)
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Closing date: 26th January 2018

Thermal Science Research Assistant (s)
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Closing date: 26th January 2018



DLR Institute of Solar Research, Cologne

Scientific activities / projects

Process modelling and techno-economic evaluation of solar processes for the generation of fuels and chemical commodities

Starting date

immediate

Duration of contract

up to 2 years

Remuneration

according to DAAD rules

“Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!”Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund – Chair of the DLR Executive Board

DLR, Solar Research is active in developing processes to utilise energy from concentrated solar radiation in the form of Solar Fuels and other chemical commodities. High temperature endothermal reactions are powered by solar heat collected at a solar tower. To couple solar energy effectively to the respective reactions converting raw materials like water, CO2, natural gas, waste products or other into valuable products, specific components and processes need to be designed and evaluated.The task of this postdoctoral position is to develop and to technoeconomically evaluate processes for solar thermo-chemical production of commodities like hydrogen, syngas, methanol, ammonia, sulfur, aluminium or cement.

The related projects comprise the following tasks:

  • modelling of solar specific components like solar reactors
  • component design
  • development and application of steady-state and transient and process models
  • thermodynamic analysis of processes
  • calculation and evaluation of energy and mass balances of solar processes
  • energetic and economic optimisation of processes
  • solar field design and optimisation
  • potential analysis of solar technologies market studies
  • Life Cycle Assessment

The results of the modelling and of the techno-economic studies will be used to adjust development directions of hardware and component development.

No applications via the DLR-Website, please visit the DAAD-Website for details of our application procedures: https://www.daad.de/medien/deutschland/stipendien/formulare/297_postdoc_dlr-daad_sf_solar_materials_conversion.pdf

Further informations on the DAAD here: https://www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/datenbank/de/15370-dlr-daad-research-fellowships-in-the-fields-of-space-aeronautics-energy-and-transportation-research/

  • degree in Chemical or Mechanical engineering or Technical Chemistry or related
  • PhD examination
  • experience in Solar Technologies
  • experience in Chemical Process Design and Modelling
  • knowledge in Process Modelling software
  • experience in Techno-economic analyses
  • fluent English
  • optional: knowledge of Life Cycle Assessment
  • optional: publications in ISI journals

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

DAAD-Website for details of our application procedures: https://www.daad.de/medien/deutschland/stipendien/formulare/297_postdoc_dlr-daad_sf_solar_materials_conversion.pdf

Further informations on the DAAD here: https://www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/datenbank/de/15370-dlr-daad-research-fellowships-in-the-fields-of-space-aeronautics-energy-and-transportation-research/


DLR Institut für Solarforschung, Stuttgart, Germany

Study / Thesis, Student Activity

Java programming for a heliostat field guidance system (plant control)

beginning

from now on

duration

6 months

compensation

to salary group 5 TVöD

level of employment

part time

“Top research requires excellent minds at all levels – especially more female starting with us, we look forward to receiving your application!”Your Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund – Chairman of the Board

They work with the 6-member development team and develop, implement and test communication to the heliostats, control routines, security features, calibration, …

The control system can already manage 20,000 sun mirrors as a basic version.

Especially for the implementation of further user stories and the validation at the solar tower Jülich we are looking for capable programmers.

  • Study of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or comparable
  • > 2 years practical experience with Java
  • ideally you have worked on at least 1 larger Java project
  • Safe handling of Git is an advantage
  • Experience in dealing with Maven and Tomcat is desirable

Look forward to an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your development through a variety of qualification and further training opportunities. Our unique work environment gives you creative freedom and an incomparable infrastructure in which to accomplish your mission. Compatibility of private life, family and work as well as equal opportunities for women and men are important components of our personnel policy. Disabled applicants we prefer with professional aptitude.

Application at DLR


DLR Institut für Solarforschung, Almeria, Spain

Master / Bachelor Thesis: Thermal cycling and curing of solar absorber coatings under concentrated solar flux

beginning

March 1, 2018

duration

6 months

level of employment

full-time

“Top research requires excellent minds at all levels – especially more female starting with us, we look forward to receiving your application!”Your Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund – Chairman of the Board

The European project Raiselife (https://raiselife.eu/) is developing new high-temperature absorber coatings. These coatings are highly absorbent to improve the efficiency of steam and molten salts of tower receivers. Various steel substrates and coatings are tested under real conditions to understand their failure mechanisms and to prove their durability. At the Plataforma Solar de Almeria (http://www.psa.es), a dish concentrator was upgraded to perform thermal cycles on tube absorber samples under concentrated solar flux profiles.

The focus of the work is on the implementation of an accelerated aging test, the data acquisition and evaluation as well as the improvement of the test procedure.

To do this you will:

  • Perform thermal cycles on the Dish test stand with coated samples
  • optical analysis of coated samples
    • Measurement of solar absorptivity and thermal emidivity
    • Illustration of the observed degradation by optical microscopy
  • Improve the Dish test status between measurement campaigns
    • Infrared temperature measurement and control
    • Flux density measurement and control
  • evaluate the experimental data
    • Course of solar absorptivity and thermal emissivity over cycles
    • Comparison of the degradation with climate chamber experiments
  • Mechanical or materials engineering, physics
  • good programming skills (Matlab, Labview)
  • Basic knowledge of optics and image processing
  • good communication skills in english, german and / or spanish
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • strong interest in experimental work

Look forward to an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your development through a variety of qualification and further training opportunities. Our unique work environment gives you creative freedom and an incomparable infrastructure in which to accomplish your mission. Compatibility of private life, family and work as well as equal opportunities for women and men are important components of our personnel policy. Disabled applicants we prefer with professional aptitude.

 Application at DLR

 


US Department of Energy: All jobs, internships, study opportunities

Argonne National Laboratory
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Brookhaven National Laboratory
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Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
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Idaho National Laboratory
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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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Los Alamos National Laboratory
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National Energy Technology Laboratory
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
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Sandia National Laboratory
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Savannah River National Laboratory
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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
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NREL Job Posting

Engineer in Thermal and Optical System Modeling

Postdoctoral Position in Thermal Storage

Postdoctoral Position in Power-Cycle and Thermal-System Modeling

Postdoctoral Researcher- Power-Cycle and Thermal-System Modeling


Apply for Science and Technology Policy Opportunity with DOE’s Solar Office

Are you part of the next generation of scientific leaders in solar energy? If so, apply today for the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Science and Technology Policy Opportunity. The opportunity enables talented scientists and engineers to participate in projects integral to the mission of the Solar Energy Technologies Office to make solar energy more affordable and reliable. This includes contributing to the design of national research and development strategies for advancing photovoltaic and concentrated solar power technology and other technologies that enable better solar integration with the grid. Participants are expected to apply the expertise gained from their scientific education and research experiences to assist in developing and managing new and ongoing projects. The opportunity is available to applicants holding bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degrees of all quantitative backgrounds as well as applicants with relevant post-degree experience.

Learn more and apply by January 15.


Faculty Positions in Thermal and Fluid Sciences – Open Rank

Job description

The College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for two tenure-line faculty positions beginning fall 2018.

We are particularly interested in candidates with demonstrated strong research experience in thermal and fluid sciences. Examples include: high temperature materials, thermal management and control for space systems, energy management, solar thermal applications, water desalination, multi-phase flow, high speed aerodynamics, biological flow processes, microfluidics, and combustion and propulsion.

Candidates must clearly indicate their areas of relevant research expertise in their cover letters.
Candidates are expected to complement and strengthen existing college research or develop new high-impact research directions.Candidates are also expected to demonstrate an ability or record of excellence working with and contributing to a climate that attracts and supports students of all races, nationalities and genders. The College’s vision of successful candidates includes an earned doctorate in Engineering or a closely related science field, a significant commitment to scholarship, the potential to develop an externally funded research program, and ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels in engineering. One position is at the assistant professor level, and the other position is at the associate or full professor level.

By January 15, 2018, interested persons should apply through the web site http://www.cu.edu/cu-careersand submit electronic files (pdf format) containing a cover letter, curriculum vita, two-page statements of research and teaching interests, respectively, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references.

Review of applications will begin as they are received, and will continue until the positions are filled.Additional information regarding the College of Engineering search process as well as our research and academic programs can be found at http://www.colorado.edu/engineering/.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at: hr-ada@colorado.edu. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

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