Research Assistant

Bowling Green, Warren County / Hadley, Warren County / Plum Springs, Warren County / Richardsville, Warren County
Jan 15, 2014
Employment Type
Full Time

Western Kentucky University
Department of Engineering
Research Assistant
(Heat and Mass Transfer Modeling and Simulation)

Purpose of Position
The researcher in this position will develop a first principle model (using heat and mass transfer equations) for the drying process and propose innovative solutions to substantially improve the energy efficiency of the drying process. As a part of this project, an advanced test-bed with real-time data acquisition and control capability will be also developed. The Research Assistant will have the opportunity to supervise undergraduate students helping her/him in test-bed development as well as model validation. This is a great opportunity for a highly motivated applicant who wants to utilize her/his mathematical expertise in developing and validation of a prediction model for a real system. This is a temporary full-time NSF-funded project that will begin on February 1, 2014 and extend through July 31, 2014 with a potential for continuation, contingent upon successful grant applications. The applicant will have the opportunity to write grant proposals, in collaboration with the faculty supervisor, for federal and private funding agencies to further fund the project and continue the research.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted and assigned based on administrative discretion and institutional needs.
• Develops a laboratory test-bed for an instrumented clothes dryer with the help of some undergraduate students
• Develops a first principle model (using heat and mass transfer equations) for the drying process in clothes dryers and propose improvements leading to higher energy efficiency
• Validates the developed model using experimental design for best performance prediction under various loading conditions
• Writes grant proposals, in collaboration with the faculty supervisor, for federal and private funding agencies to further fund the project and expand the research
• Writes a final project report with all supporting data to present to the funding agency
• Supervises and mentors undergraduate students who are involved on this project
Minimum Education and Experience:
• Master’s degree in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, physics, or a related field with proven experience in modeling and simulation of heat and mass transfer processes
Knowledge and Skills Required:
• Proven experience and strong expertise in mathematical modeling and simulation
• Competence in numerical modeling of heat and mass transfer
• Strong desire to work in a lab, design, and perform experiments to improve and optimize the heat and mass transfer process, leading to more energy efficient drying processes
• Strong desire to manage and mentor undergraduate students
• Analytical and communication skills demonstrated through research publications in peer-reviewed journals
• Focus on high-quality results, solid discipline, and ability to work with minimal supervision
• Ability to work independently and in a group environment
• Willingness to work outside of his/her discipline to accomplish project goals
Monthly Salary: $3500
Starting Date: Feb. 1, 2014
Applications for employment will be accepted electronically only. Interested candidates must submit a current curriculum vitae that includes a list of publications, and names, addresses and daytime phone numbers of three professional references using the online application process. Please refer to the following website to apply: For further assistance call (270) 745-5934. Please reference requisition number S3887. For full consideration, submit application materials on or before January 25, 2014. Position will remain open until filled.
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