The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Lucerne – Department Technology and Architecture is the leading educational and research institution in central Switzerland for architecture and technology. It offers bachelor and master degrees and pursues research and development projects. In a total of six departments, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, occupies 1’600 employees and educates 10’500 students.
The competence centre Thermal Energy Storage (TES) focuses on energy storage technologies on a material and component level as well as on energy system analysis and optimization. We are involved in the national research network «Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER) Storage of Heat and Electricity».
We are looking for a person to join the Institute of Mechanical and Energy Engineering (IME) starting in on 01.01.2018 or upon agreement.
Research Associate (PhD Student): Latent Heat Storage (100%)
Advancement of the topic: "High Power Latent Storage using Advanced Heat Exchangers"
Heat and mass transfer modelling of heat exchangers for latent heat stores
Design of novel heat exchangers (metallic and/or polymeric) and testing in latent energy storage test-rigs
Planning and execution of experimental campaigns for the characterisation of heat exchangers
Data processing and interpretation of results
Measurements of thermophysical properties using analytical methods and analysis/interpretation of results
Material optimisation by the use additives
Writing scientific articles and participation in academic conferences
Co-supervising bachelor and master theses
Master’s degree or Diploma in Engineering, Physics or Material Science
Enthusiasm about energy topics
Experience in heat and mass transfer modelling desired -Experience with material synthesis and thermal analytical methods desired
Excellent English skills, both written and spoken, good German skills desired
Project management, presentation skills, rapid familiarization with new topics
Creative, team-minded, communicative and eager for knowledge
Enthusiastic about energy topics and tackling complex problems
We offer a high-responsibility, high-variability position in an innovative field of research. You will be part of a motivated and open-minded team and will have access to modern laboratory infrastructure and a large national/international network. You will have the opportunity to enhance your technical knowledge, gain valuable experience and to contribute your own ideas and know-how in an interdisciplinary and creative way.
The working place is situated in the attractive location in Horw/Lucerne. An exchange semester in a foreign university is foreseen as a part of this position.