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Graduate Researcher-Lambton Energy Research Centre

Lambton College

  Posted: July 18, 2023

  Location: Sarnia, ON

  Internship Program: Clean Tech

  Salary Range: $40,000 - $50,000

  Hours per Week: 35

  Start Date: September 1, 2023

  End Date: February 29, 2024

Job Description

The Graduate Researcher-Lambton Energy Research Centre will support applied research projects in collaboration with small and medium-sized enterprises that are focused on the development and implementation of green energy technologies. This includes the design, development, and optimization of various renewable energy technologies that support green energy production, consumption, and efficiency of solar power, wind power, hydroelectric power, and geothermal energy. The Graduate Researcher will work in a research team that includes lead researchers with various experiences and expertise in green energy and research students at Lambton College. The student will work closely with the industry partners, gaining hands-on experience.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Graduate Researcher-Lambton Energy Research Centre is responsible for the following duties and responsibilities

Research and Development: Conduct applied collaborative research to develop innovative solutions for green energy technologies. This involves studying existing technologies, identifying areas for improvement, and proposing new ideas or designs to enhance efficiency, performance, and sustainability.

Design and Analysis: Utilizing computer-aided design (CAD) software and simulation tools to design and analyze components, systems, and processes related to green energy technologies. This may involve designing renewable energy systems, energy storage systems, or energy-efficient components, and conducting performance evaluations and optimization studies.

Prototyping and Testing: Building prototypes of green energy technologies and testing them for functionality, reliability, and performance. This involves selecting appropriate materials, fabricating components, assembling systems, and conducting tests to validate their performance under various operating conditions.

Data Analysis and Interpretation: Analyzing and interpreting experimental and simulation data to extract meaningful insights and draw conclusions. This includes using statistical methods, data visualization techniques, and engineering analysis to understand the behavior of green energy systems and identify areas for improvement.

Literature Review and Documentation: Conducting thorough literature reviews to stay updated with the latest advancements in green energy technologies and related fields. Documenting research findings, writing technical reports, and contributing to academic publications or conference presentations.

Collaboration and Teamwork: Collaborating with other researchers, engineers, and professionals in multidisciplinary teams. This involves sharing ideas, exchanging knowledge, and contributing to group projects aimed at advancing green energy technologies.

Project Management: Planning and managing research projects, including setting goals, defining timelines, allocating resources, and monitoring progress. This may involve coordinating with stakeholders, obtaining necessary approvals, and ensuring compliance with regulations and safety standards.

Innovation and Problem-solving: Identifying challenges and obstacles in green energy technologies and developing creative solutions. This requires a proactive approach, critical thinking, and the ability to apply engineering principles to overcome technical and practical challenges.

Knowledge and Skills

The Graduate Researcher- Lambton Energy Research Centre requires the following knowledge and skills.
Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals: A strong foundation in core mechanical engineering principles, including thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mechanics of materials, and dynamics. This knowledge forms the basis for understanding and analyzing energy systems and components.

Renewable Energy Technologies: Familiarity with various renewable energy technologies such as solar power, wind power, hydroelectric power, geothermal energy, and bioenergy. Understanding the working principles, design considerations, and performance characteristics of these technologies is essential for research and development in green energy.

Energy Conversion and Storage: Knowledge of energy conversion processes, such as power generation from renewable sources and energy storage technologies. This includes understanding the operation of solar panels, wind turbines, fuel cells, batteries, and other energy storage systems.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation: Understanding the principles and strategies for improving energy efficiency and conservation in various systems, including buildings, transportation, and industrial processes. Knowledge of energy management systems, energy audits, and energy-efficient design principles is valuable.

Data Analysis and Interpretation: Strong skills in data analysis, statistical analysis, and interpretation of experimental and simulation results. The ability to use tools like Excel, Python, or MATLAB to analyze and visualize data is important for drawing meaningful conclusions from research findings.

Research Methodology: Knowledge of research methodologies, experimental design, and statistical techniques for conducting scientific investigations. Understanding how to develop hypotheses, design experiments, collect and analyze data, and draw conclusions is crucial for successful research in green energy.

Materials and Manufacturing: Understanding the properties and behavior of materials used in green energy technologies. Knowledge of manufacturing processes, such as machining, molding, and additive manufacturing, and their impact on the performance and reliability of energy systems.

Environmental Impact and Sustainability: Awareness of environmental considerations and sustainability aspects associated with green energy technologies. Understanding the life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology, environmental regulations, and the broader environmental implications of renewable energy systems.

Communication and Collaboration: Strong communication skills to effectively convey research findings, present technical information, and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams. The ability to write technical reports, present research findings, and work collaboratively with peers, advisors, and industry professionals is essential.

Education Required

Mechanical Engineering Degree

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