RA – Smart Energy Systems


£31,302 – £39,609 p.a.

As part of the Energy Open Piazza project, we have an exciting opportunity for someone with a passion for energy looking touse their skills in optimisation and modelling to make an impact on the evolution of smart energy systems. You will play a keyrole in the development and application of a trading platform to enable a secure and flexible energy system.

The role involves leading the techno-economic analysis of distributed energy technologies (DERs), e.g. PV and electricalenergy storage, in mixed-use buildings to assess the value of a novel software platform that will enable data interoperabilitybetween different actors in local energy systems. You will have a good honours degree (or equivalent experience) and a PhD(or be close to completion) in engineering or related disciplines with a focus on energy system optimisation (or equivalentresearch experience). You will also have a keen interest in energy systems. In particular, you will have experience informulating and solving mathematical programming problems relevant to energy. Using your expertise, you will assess theperformance of configuration of DERs within the platform enabled local energy market and advise project partners on itsdevelopment.

The position provides the opportunity for working closely with industrial partners and to learn new skills (technical,tech-transfer and professional) by closely collaborating with internationally leading partners from academia and industry. You will have be able to participate in training on professional skills for researchers and leaders, provided by the hostuniversity on areas such as management, science communication, supervision and grant writing. You will undergo a formalreview and mentoring by senior staff and will receive continuous support to engage in professional development.

You will be based in Dr Solomon Brown’s research group where you will work with a highly active group of researchers within the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering(CBE). CBE is a thriving department within the University’s Faculty of Engineering, with a vibrant research and teachingculture spanning particle science and technology/ nanotechnology, new energy technologies, the environment andapplications of post-genomics bioscience for biotechnology and bioprocessing applications.

Further details and apply here.