Thermal systems specialist (Mexico) for a public research center

The Peace Corps offers a unique experience to make a difference around the world and bring the benefits of that experience back home. The personal and professional rewards of Peace Corps service last a lifetime. Peace Corps Response recruits U.S. citizens with significant experience as well as returned Peace Corps Volunteers for short-term, high-impact assignments. These positions are streamlined and designed for Volunteers to hit the ground running. Competitive candidates bring extensive technical skills to their assignments and as such, may apply to specific positions in a country of their choice.

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Thermal Systems Specialist for CIATEQ A.C. in the state of Queretaro, Mexico. CIATEQ is a public research center that offers technological services to various industries. Among the many specialized services it offers is the analysis and optimization of industrial processes. A line of work that has been in high demand is the residual heat recovery. Many companies are seeking to reduce their use of primary fuels, reduce their pollutants emissions and integrate the use of alternative energy to their processes. It is of particular interest to CIATEQ’s Renewable Energy Department to strengthen this line of work which would result in environmental and economic benefits for the industry, society and the environment.

A Thermal Systems Specialist, with a science or engineering degree with a specialization in thermal systems, is needed to collaborate with a group of engineers and researchers to identify the most effective methods and technologies for the recovery of residual heat and propose improvements to increase their efficiency. The PCRV will conduct a search and analysis on residual heat recovery processes and technologies, establish the appropriate methodology for the analysis of thermal systems and the feasibility of residual heat recovery, and co-create a catalog of existing residual heat recovery technologies indicating efficiency, cost, and feasibility of use. The Volunteer will also provide technical assistance to make improvements to an existing technology to increase its efficiency. The goal of this assignment is to collaborate with a working team searching and analyzing the state of the art on residual heat recovery process and technologies, identifying areas of opportunity to make improvements to some of those technologies, and help build on the skills and knowledge of the group members facilitating workshops and providing technical support as needed.

Please note the approximate departure date is 5-Sept-2017 for a 12-month position. Final invitation decisions will be made by mid June. Volunteers receive benefits including: transportation to and from country of service; settling-in, living, and leave allowances; vacation days; medical care; and the option to receive a travel stipend in lieu of a return ticket. In addition, Peace Corps Response Volunteers receive a readjustment allowance of $450 per month of service.

Required Skills
• Science or engineering degree with a specialization in thermal systems or thermodynamics.
• Understanding of the methods of heat transfer and thermodynamics design.
• Understanding of the design evaluations of mechanical systems and thermal systems.
• Spanish language skills are beneficial, but not required.

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America’s diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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