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Student Research Assistant - FUEL-S - Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering

Competition Number:
REQ 39
Position Type:
Student Position
Closing Date:
Date of Posting:
Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering
Student Research Assistant -FUEL-S
Hours of Work:
Up to 10 hours per week

$13.70 per hour plus 4% vacation pay


ASAP to January 4, 2023

The Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering is seeking a student research assistant.

In the Future Urban Energy Lab for Sustainability (FUEL-S), this project intends to explore the feasibility of designing a concrete-based high-temperature thermal storage for building energy applications. During the surplus energy generation from renewables, the energy can be used to heat the concrete to a high temperature due to desirable thermal mass characteristics. Further, during the building energy deficit, the thermal energy stored in concrete-based storage can be extracted to serve thermal and power demands.

The work involves computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling and simulations using ANSYS Fluent to evaluate various parameters such as the charging and discharging behavior of concrete-based thermal storage. The synchronization potential of the storage with building load requirements will be explored as well. Thereafter, based on the feasibility, the conceptual design of a solid-state-based combined heat and power generation and storage system will be proposed.


  • Perform CFD modeling and simulation of thermal energy storage


  • UPEI Student, preferably in 3rd year or 4th year
  • Must understand ANSYS Fluent, SolidWorks, and MATLAB
  • Must have a strong attention to detail

Priority will be given to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and the Procedures manual.


Application Instructions:

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website. Applications will not be accepted via email.

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

UPEI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation and believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

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