Research Associate

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: South Kensington, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 27 Apr 2020

Job description
Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate (RA) in Market Design for Low Carbon Energy Systems. The work will be based within the Control and Power group in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London.The RA will be supervised by Prof G. Strbac and Dr D. Papadaskalopoulos.

Significant efforts towards the deregulation of the electricity industry have been witnessed worldwide during the last decades, through the introduction of competitive markets. However, traditional centralised optimisation models employed in the power systems field do not capture the emerging market dynamics and the interactions between different self-interested market players, and therefore cannot provide accurate insights in the development of suitable market designs. This challenge is aggravated by the fact that future electricity systems will be massively decarbonised, exhibiting very low energy prices and the need for development of new market segments (balancing, capacity, carbon) and that new, diverse and distributed market players are expected to participate in these markets (flexible demand, energy storage, micro-generation).

Duties and responsibilities

The appointed RA will investigate fundamentally new market models, capable of capturing the individual objectives of multiple independent electricity market players and identifying the system conditions emerging from their interactions. Among other modelling approaches, game-theoretic, bi-level optimisation, equilibrium programming and reinforcement learning methodologies will be explored. These market models will consider multiple market sectors and diverse market players in an integrated fashion along with different pricing and regulatory mechanisms for their operation. The appointed RA will contribute in the supervision of PhD students working on similar area and participate in relevant research projects of the Control and Power group.

Essential requirements

To apply for this position, applicants should have a Distinction/First class grade Master’s degree in electrical engineering or a related field as well as a PhD in the area of power systems modelling / analysis / optimisation. In-depth understanding of the technical and economic issues associated with current and future energy systems as well as the electricity market and regulatory framework in the UK and beyond is required. Applicants are expected to have working experience with different programming languages and optimisation software tools, as well as good communication and technical writing skills. Priority will be given to applicants with strong knowledge of game-theoretic, bi-level optimisation, equilibrium programming reinforcement learning and stochastic / robust optimisation methodologies.

Further information

For informal enquiries about this post, please contact Professor Goran Strbac via email at or Dimitrios Papadaskalopoulos at

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. To apply, visit and search by the job reference ENG01267.

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*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

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