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Project Engineer - SEILAB

Publish date: February 9st 2017
Nº. Ref. 6/2017

Project Engineer - SEILAB
Thermal Energy and Building Performance Group

Job Description:
The applicant will work as a first stage research engineer in the SEILAB facilities and will report to the Head of the SEILAB – Semi-virtual Energy Integration Laboratory at IREC facilities in Tarragona.

The Semi-Virtual Energy Integration Laboratory (SEILAB) provides advanced expertise to assess the development and integration of renewable energy solutions and innovative thermal and electrical equipment that are designed to improve energy efficiency in buildings and energy systems. The laboratory is provided with cutting-edge technology comprising systems for energy generation, heat and cool storage and state-of-the-art facilities for testing HVAC equipment and the interaction of energy systems with the grid. The laboratory operation is based on a semi-virtual testing approach, which allows for real equipment to be operated as a function of the behaviour of a dynamic virtual model. The laboratory is pioneer in addressing the smart integration of electrical and thermal components and aims to become a leading experimental facility for improving the development of Net Zero Energy Buildings.

The research laboratory activities include: 

- Development and integration of innovative sustainable, renewable building energy supply systems:
o Solar thermal, PV and micro-wind energy generation.
o Heat, cooling and electricity production as well as poly-generation.
o Stand-alone equipment or combined with high efficient, local grid integration.
o Testing of control strategies for energy systems. 
- Research in thermal/chemical storage technologies for using fluctuating renewable energy resources in buildings and the industry. 
- Experimental testing of thermal and electrical equipment performance under real-life dynamic conditions, addressing a range of climate zones and thermal building behaviour scenarios.

He /she will be involved in tasks such as energy simulation of buildings, integration of renewable energies in buildings, and experimental work related to HVAC systems in buildings (data analysis, preparation of tests, running experimental tests).
The research will be embedded in the Thermal Energy and Building Performance Group which main research subject is the Integrated and Systemic approach for Zero Energy Communities, systems and Buildings. The group’s special focus is on the Mediterranean and other warm weather regions. The vision is to build an applied research group that contributes to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) through energy efficiency measures, production of clean energy, and integration of distributed renewable energy sources (RES)

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a minimum of a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering, Thermal Engineering or related discipline. The candidate must have programming skills and previous experience in the creation of laboratory user interfaces (Labview) and performing data analysis (Matlab, C++, FORTRAN), along with the use of software related to energy systems simulations (TRNSYS). Knowledge of heat and mass transfer phenomena, renewable energy technologies and HVAC systems is highly valuable.
We are looking for a methodical, excellent team-player and results-oriented candidate with good communication skills. Mastery of English on all levels will be essential. Knowledge of other languages will be desirable.

We offer
We offer the chance to become part of an exciting project with international recognition, developing cross-cutting projects in science and technology, oriented towards excellence. We also offer a research environment comprised of highly qualified and motivated professionals. The initial gross salary will be between 21.000 and 26.000 €/year depending of the evaluation of CV’s applicant. A one year contract is offered. Holiday period is 26 labour days.

Tarragona (IREC facilities)

Applicants should send a detailed CV, academic records and motivation letter to the following e-mail address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please indicate “2017 Engineer SEILAB” in the subject