Materials Scientist / Engineer


The Litus Foundation

Category Internal Combustion Engine & Electric Generator Design Research.

We are seeking experienced Materials Science Specialist Engineers, to work either as full-time employees as or part-time as consultants, based in central London, for good compensation according to experience and ability.

This is a state-of-the art and very challenging research project looking at improved efficiency power trains, especially reciprocating engines running uncooled, at temperatures and pressures nearly double those of today.

It is critically important that participants should have a deep knowledge of physics and applied mathematics, and be able to work – as needed – from basic principles, using hand calculations and sketches, before using current engineering software. Employment could initially be full time, or on a consulting / flexi-time basis for 15 to 25 hours weekly, prior to taking up a full-time position. Arrangements are relatively flexible and could to be tailored around the right candidate.


MATERIAL SCIENTIST / ENGINEER The candidate should preferably be a generalist, familiar with many aspects of engineering, including much of combustion; fuel delivery; emissions control; scavenging and fluid flow; heat transfer; bearing deign; turbo machinery; crankshafts and power out; gearing. The materials challenges relate to ceramics, high-temperature metal alloys, and all types of insulating materials.

EXPERIENCE: The candidate must have prior experience in study and research of engineering materials in particular and mechanical engineering in general. Ability to design and prepare manufacturing drawings for individual components and how they are attached to each other is desirable, as is knowledge of SolidWorks, Ansys, and MatLab or Mathematica.

SKILLS should include excellent written and spoken English. Candidates should be capable of coming up with creative designs and solutions to problems. They should be able to credibly represent the Foundation solo at conferences and at key meetings (some travel within Europe may be involved), and will hopefully have contacts in the UK and European engineering community.

If this is of interest, please send a short cover letter and CV to:


The non-profit US Litus Foundation was formed five years ago to help slow global warming and help creatures adapt to it. Focus is on supporting new technologies to quickly improve energy efficiency and reduce global CO2 emissions. A sister Litus Foundation was established in England in April 2016. A second sister Foundation is being formed in France.

We are 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 50 % of man-made CO2 is said to come from all internal combustion (IC) engines. For over 130 years, every time a piston engine has run, 30% or more 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, often 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 switch from cooled to uncooled engines, which will cut man-made CO2 by 12% to 20% within fifteen years. It is probably the single biggest and quickest route to reaching the COP21 objective of limiting global temperature rise to a maximum of between 2.0 and 1.5 degrees C.

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Sam joined the UKi Media & Events automotive team in 2017, having recently graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in journalism. For the newest addition to the editorial team, stepping into the assistant editor position signalled the start of a career in the subject he studied. In addition to his work on UKi’s automotive titles, Sam also contributes to Stadia, writing content for the magazine and website.