Singapore - MIT Alliance for Research & Technology
SMART is a major research enterprise established by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in partnership with the National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF). SMART serves as an intellectual hub for international research collaborations, between researchers from MIT, Singapore Universities, Research Institutes, Agencies, Hospitals and Industry. At SMART, we identify and carry out research on critical problems of societal importance, while simultaneously instilling and promoting a culture of translational research and entrepreneurship in Singapore. Five interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs) have been established to date: BioSystems and Micromechanics (BioSyM), Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM), Future Urban Mobility (FM), Infectious Diseases (ID) and Low Energy Electronic Systems (LEES).
Postdoctoral Associate – Building Construction (Ref: IRG_CENSAM_2016_020)
jobsDB Ref. JSG400003002958514
Employer Ref. IRG_CENSAM_2016_020
We are seeking a motivated Postdoctoral Associate to join us to conduct research on the impacts of building construction and operation on the urban microclimate in the highly urbanized and industrialized city of Singapore. The candidate will participate in ongoing studies of urban heating by quantifying how buildings contribute to the urban heat island and how changes in building form and location relative to other buildings, construction materials and energy-consuming systems can potentially lower urban temperatures.
Specific duties will include assessing internationally reported work on heat releases from buildings to the urban environment relative to what is known in Singapore; developing locally appropriate benchmark residential and commercial building simulation models; identifying a comprehensive list of possible interventions to reduce waste heat emissions; developing a methodology to determine appropriate uses of solar energy for buildings in dense urban areas (conversion to electricity or useful heat, reflection to reduce unwanted heat gains, or conversion to latent heat flux through vegetation); and, working with others, assessing changes in near-surface outdoor air temperatures due to possible interventions.
The position will be based at the Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM), an interdisciplinary research group of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), with collaboration with other CREATE entities (ETH, TUM-CREATE, and NUS).
• An earned PhD degree in architectural, civil and environmental or mechanical engineering or related fields.
• Demonstrated mastery of the fundamentals of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer as applied to building materials systems and their interactions with the urban environment.
• Substantial knowledge and hands-on experience with at least one established building energy simulation program and at least one mathematical programming language (i.e., Matlab or Python).
• Familiarity with the thermal and optical properties of construction materials and how to represent them in static and dynamic energy-balance models.
• Familiarity with standard and advanced space conditioning systems for residential and commercial buildings, how to assess them relative to the first and second laws of thermodynamics, and how to represent them in static and dynamic energy-balance models.
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
• Strong oral and written communication skills, the latter documented in professional publications.
Interested applicants will have to submit their full CV/resume (including list of publications), a cover letter/research statement and list of three references (to include reference names and contact information) to Prof Leslie Norford. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.