Research Fellow

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Crawley, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 22 Aug 2022

Job no:510256
Work type:full time
Location:Crawley
Categories:Engineering and Mathematical Sciences


Department of Electrical, Electrical and Computer Engineering                                       

  • Join UWA’s PACE and play a key role in cutting edge research
  • Two-year fixed term full time opportunity
  • Base salary range: Level B $105,043 – $124,301 p.a. (pro rata) plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team 

Power and Clean Energy Research Group (PACE) is an established research group in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering in University of Western Australia (UWA).

PACE is housed in a dedicated building on UWA’s main campus in Perth and hosts one of Australia’s largest cohort of researchers in power system, smart grid and renewable energy areas. Researchers in PACE focus on cutting edge research spanning power systems, power electronics, smart grid and renewable energy to address key challenges nationally and internationally. PACE has recently been funded by a CRC Future Battery Industry project on Microgrid Battery Deployment. The project aims to develop next-generation battery energy management systems (BEMS), which in addition to providing significant performance, safety and lifetime improvements, modularise the deployment of batteries and create a simplified, mass-producible battery building block which will result in reduced engineering effort, onsite installation, reduced maintenance, and high volume production / economies of scale. The project also aims to develop a coordinated control approach for battery systems to provide interoperability and electrical stability in microgrids

About the opportunity 

As a Research Associate in PACE, you will work under the supervision of the Professor to develop an optimization algorithm to realize economic microgrid operation while ensuring the health of battery energy storage. Drawing on your experience with experimental studies you will also test the algorithm in real microgrid scenarios.

You will collaborate with diverse groups to develop integrated research while supporting the transfer of research results into practice and into UWA’s undergraduate and postgraduate course offerings.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate :

  • PhD in Electrical /Electronic Engineering or related discipline
  • Relevant research experience in the control of solar PV generation and battery in microgrids.
  • Previous experience with simulation packages and with modelling, control and simulation of microgrids with battery energy storage systems 
  • Demonstrated ability in preparing manuscripts for publication and giving presentations
  • Experience in supervising and training undergraduate or postgraduate research students 
  • Ability to work both efficiently in a research group and independently

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description:   PD 510256.pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria .

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Monday, 22 August 2022

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details : Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goals.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered
  • UWA has been awarded Bronze Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2021)
  • UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020

UWA is committed to inclusive recruitment and is happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. If you have queries in relation to the application process, please contact talent-hr@uwa.edu.au referencing the 6-digit job reference number and type of communication you prefer, and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your requirements.


Advertised:25 Jul 2022 W. Australia Standard Time
Applications close:22 Aug 2022 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time


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