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Mechanical engineer / Mechanical engineering intern - Litus Foundation

Central London, UK

Job Type: Engineer: Permanent Position / Intern: Circa 6 Months, Potentially Leading to Permanent Position

Category: Research & Development: Internal Combustion Engines & Electric Motors Generators.

We are seeking an experienced Mechanical Engineer and a recently graduated Mechanical Engineer for an intern position, to be based in central London. Good academic record and / or work experience essential, for good compensation according to experience and ability.

This is a cutting-edge, challenging and pioneering research project developing improved-efficiency powertrains. It is important that the candidate has a good knowledge of physics and applied mathematics, and be able to work – as needed – from fundamental principles, using hand calculations and sketches, before using current engineering software. Employment could be full time, or possibly on a consulting / part-time basis for 15 to 25 hours weekly. Arrangements are relatively flexible and could to a degree be tailored around the right candidate.


The candidate should preferably be an all-rounder, able to pick up many aspects of engine design, including at least some of: combustion; fuel delivery; emissions control; scavenging and fluid flow; heat transfer; bearing design; turbo machinery; materials; crankshafts and power out; gearing. In addition to helping with design, an intern will assist with on-line searches of technical literature as well as of relevant manufacturers and their products. The candidate should be creative, be able to come up with original solutions to challenging problems. Knowledge of SolidWorks or similar CAD software and ability to design and prepare drawings for individual components is desirable. Knowledge of Ansys and MatLab or Mathematica a plus.

SKILLS should include excellent written and spoken English. The candidate should be presentable and able to credibly represent the Foundation solo at conferences and at key meetings (some travel within Europe may be involved). If this is of interest, please send a short cover letter and CV to:


The non-profit UK charitable Litus Foundation was formed to help slow climate change and help beings adapt to it. Focus is on supporting new technologies to quickly improve energy efficiency and reduce global CO2 emissions. Litus is developing extreme-efficiency uncooled engines, for all uses and fuels. They do not yet exist; people are not aware that they are possible; apparently only Litus is developing them. Around 35 % of man-made CO2 comes from internal combustion (IC) engines. For over 130 years, every time a piston engine has run, 30% of fuel energy has been dissipated through water- or air-based cooling systems and general radiation. This waste should not continue. Uncooled engines would reduce energy use, operating costs and CO2 emissions by about half, depending on application. They would be two to ten times lighter and smaller; nearly silent; and more reliable as there are no cooling or piston / cylinder oil systems to fail. Efficiencies can be further increased by using the extra-hot energy-rich exhaust gas, say in a turbine or for district heating and cooling. Almost all embodiments will be constant-load and -speed units coupled to a generator, probably in an integral package. The engines are for electricity generation, pumps, compressors, ships, agricultural and mining equipment, and vehicles. Once the first long-life uncooled engines run successfully, the world will almost certainly switch from cooled to uncooled engines, which could cut man-made CO2 by 15% to 25% within fifteen years. It is probably the single biggest and quickest route to reaching the UN COP 23 Climate Change objectives of limiting global temperature rise to a maximum of between 2.0 and 1.5 degrees C. More information is on our website

If there are questions, feel free to contact Archie Watts-Farmer directly on: 020 7332 0228.

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