Contract type: Fixed term (Until 12th December 2022 (grant funding)
Interview date: To be confirmed
Do you have a detailed understanding of energy geostructures and associated heat network systems, the UK heat decarbonisation policy and regulatory landscape, an extensive network of contacts in the UK heat sector, and the ability to deliver a policy engagement project in a short timescale?
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. To ensure the fullest uptake of the technology then they must also be integrated with district heating networks and this comes with additional complexities. At the University of Leeds, our dynamic energy geotechnics team are leading research in this growing area. We would like to recruit someone to lead our research in non-technical aspects of energy geostructure integration into future decarbonised city energy systems. This includes aspects of national policy and regulation, local implementation, business models and economic modelling, and the consideration of users and other stakeholders.
As part of an exciting UKRI Innovation Fellowship, Integrated Infrastructure for Sustainable Thermal Energy Provision (IN-STEP), directed by Dr. Fleur Loveridge, you will lead innovative research into the coupling of buried infrastructure used as ground heat exchangers with heat network provision to supply heat to a range of users.
To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:
Fleur Loveridge, University Academic Fellow