Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Marie Sklodowska Curie - Individual Fellowships at IMDEA Energy Institute, High Temperature Processes Unit

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    30/06/2019 14:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Mostoles, Madrid
    IMDEA Energy
    High Temperature Processes Unit

The High Temperature Processes Unit at the IMDEA Energy Institute, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in 2019.

Before sending your application, please check the full description of the eligibility criteria that can be found in the webpage call.

Brief description of the institution:

The IMDEA Energy Institute is a Research Centre located in the town of Mostoles, in the region of Madrid (Spain). Its R&D activities are aimed to promote the development and implementation of an efficient and sustainable energy system. Accordingly, research activities are oriented to fostering the development of renewable energies and clean energy technologies in general.

Being created in 2007, IMDEA Energy has experienced a fast growth reaching in a few years a relevant international position in R&D activities on energy topics. An essential factor for explaining this successful development has been the ability for attracting top level researchers, as well as the availability of new and excellent scientific infrastructures, favoring the achievement of outstanding scientific results.


Contact Person/ Scientist in charge

Brief description of the Unit

The research unit of High Temperature Processes (HTPU) of IMDEA Energy aims at the development of modular, efficient and cost effective high temperature technologies based on concentrating solar energy for electricity and heat generation and production of solar fuels and chemicals.

Activities on solar electricity target significant improvement of global profitability of solar thermal power plants and comprise the development of innovative and high-efficient system components (solar concentrators, receivers, and thermal storage modules), the elaboration of testing procedures and measurement techniques under high solar radiation fluxes and/or high temperature, and the development of advanced solar plants designs able to create more efficient and modular schemes of hybridization or solar stand‐alone systems with heat storage. Besides emerging concepts based on direct conversion systems replacing current use of thermodynamic cycles are also explored.

The HTPU R&D is supported by singular technical and scientific infrastructure like 4kWe and 42kWe-high-flux solar simulators and a 250kW high-concentration solar tower, a laboratory equipped with instruments for materials development and characterization under high-flux and high-temperature and software and hardware for numerical modelling and simulation.

Project description

The fellow will be mainly involved in the development of direct conversion technologies applied to solar thermal power plants using Central Receiver Systems, with operation temperatures in the range of 300 to 1,200 ºC. The project may address technologies like thermoelectric converters, TPV (thermal photovoltaics), thermionic energy conversion and other. Systems may use solarized modules directly irradiated or indirectly heated through heat exchangers. The project may involve materials synthesis and characterization, experimental research at lab‐scale by developing small modules from 0.1 up to 10 kW to be tested with solar simulators, numerical analysis using Computational Fluid Dynamics tools and flowsheeting and system analysis with suitable software to analyze integration and performance in commercial plants.

Research Area

  • Chemistry (CHE)
  • Information Science and Engineering (ENG)
  • Mathematics (MAT)
  • Physics (PHY)


Deadline for documents submission: 30th June 2019. Documents to be submitted:

  1. Complete curriculum vitae stating background and skills,
  2. Letter of motivation including research interests,
  3. Two reference letters



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