Research Fellow in Energy Geotechnics
United Kingdom
14d ago

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for a new challenge? Do you have expertise in energy geotechnics, especially in the simulation of ground heat exchangers or similar?

Do you want to join an expanding research team at a leading UK university?

Decarbonisation of heat is an essential step to meeting our shared climate challenge. Ground heat exchangers, where heat transfer pipes are buried in the ground or structure foundations, must form part of the solution to this challenge.

At the University of Leeds, our dynamic energy geotechnics team are leading research in this growing area. We would like to recruit a talented researcher to lead our thermal analysis of ground heat exchangers installed in buried infrastructure foundations.

As part of an exciting new UKRI Innovation Fellowship, Integrated Infrastructure for Sustainable Thermal Energy Provision (IN-

STEP), led by Dr Fleur Loveridge, you will lead innovative research into retaining walls used as ground heat exchangers (so called energy walls). The project aims to :

  • Collate lessons learnt from constructed energy walls;
  • Make recommendations on construction detailing;
  • Develop protocols for in situ thermal testing and characterisation of energy walls;
  • Provide novel analytical / semi-analytical solutions for analysis;
  • Facilitate integration of energy walls within district heating networks.
  • You will contribute to all of these important areas, using numerical and analytical methods and working with field data.

    In particular you will lead research in :

  • Developing numerical analysis of energy walls;
  • Interpretation of field data for ground heat exchangers and use of that data in model testing;
  • Prediction of operational performance of energy walls.
  • You will also contribute to :

  • Analytical model development;
  • Cross disciplinary assessment of energy walls linked to district heating networks.
  • To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact : Dr Fleur Loveridge, University Academic Fellow Tel : +44 (0)113 343 2248 or email : f.a.loveridge

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