This position is for an intermediate level research engineer. The Research Engineer will apply expertise and knowledge to technical projects, finding innovative, cost-effective means to process and/or dispose of municipal solid waste (MSW) and other residues. Responsibilities will include investigating, and evaluating standard and novel approaches to handling MSW and other wastes within developing countries, lacking financial resources for waste handling infrastructure. The scope of responsibilities shall include: thermal processing to produce synthesis gases suitable for utilization within an internal combustion engine directly coupled to an electrical power generator, as well as standard steam cycle processes. The candidate will have a fundamental understanding of combustion, and gasification, and the use of the resulting gases in boilers and internal combustion engines proven capable of utilizing low calorific synthesis gases to generate electricity and heat. The candidate will assist in the detailed design, construction and monitoring of the operation of waste to energy projects.
The candidate should have a clear understanding of the functionality, performance criterion, and applicability of the various energy technologies and particularly internal combustion gas engine technologies as provided by different gas engine manufacturers. Knowledge and proficiency in database creation and management and data mining are required skills. The Research Engineer must have a basic understanding of waste thermal process technologies, especially gasification, with a solid background in thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, mass transfer, and heat transfer. Advanced and graduate level courses in the later subjects is preferred for this position.
The candidate will also provide insights into integrated solid waste management systems by assisting in the development of plans for solid waste collection, transportation/transfer, and unutilized waste disposal. Therefore, the research engineer candidate should hold a certification or alike work experience in integrated solid waste management.
In addition to the technical skills required, the research engineer will be in constant communication with customers within sub-Saharan Africa, and therefore, a broad understanding of African culture and written/oral fluency in French are beneficial.