Research Associate

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

Job description
Job summary

Applicants are invited to apply for a Research Associate (RA) position funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to investigate fundamentally new mathematical approaches, develop new models and analysis tools, and perform comprehensive studies and analyses for (i) evaluating alternative design and operating strategies of microgrid systems, and (ii) quantifying and analysing the potential role and values of distributed technologies and interactions across different energy vectors in the context of resilient local multi-energy micro-grids. The main objective is to facilitate cost-effective decarbonisation of local districts considering the system resilient against unplanned outages, primarily due to high-impact-low-probability events, and uncertainty in low-carbon energy availability. Emerging distributed multi-energy technologies can potentially provide significant flexibility to multi-energy micro-grids, thus supporting cost-effective integration of variable renewable generation and bringing benefits to the decarbonisation of local districts and further impacting the broader energy system.

Duties and responsibilities

The RA will take research initiatives and carry out research programmes in the area of advanced multi-energy system modelling, planning and operation optimisation for micro-grids, reliability and resilient of an energy system. The RA will investigate novel methodologies and models for evaluating and optimising investment and operational performance of different designs of low-carbon multi-energy microgrid systems. Alternative approaches will be investigated to efficiently quantify the benefits of a coordinated operation across different energy vectors in the microgrid system. Furthermore, advanced stochastic models will be investigated for establishing the option value of different designs and applications of smart technologies in energy infrastructure planning to address the growing demand for a highly resilient energy microgrid system and uncertainties in future system and technology development. The developed modelling tools will be capable of identifying opportunities for strategic investment in emerging low-carbon energy technologies and system to facilitate a cost-effective transition to resilient low-carbon microgrid systems. In addition, the RA will be expected to contribute to the supervision of PhD students working in a similar area and participate in relevant research projects of the Control and Power group, submit publications to refereed journals and to attract external research funding.

Essential requirements

You must have an excellent PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Mathematics (or equivalent) for an appointment at Research Associate level and have previous experience in multi-energy systems optimisation, reliability analysis, operational research, or a related subject. Applicants are expected to be familiar with different programming languages and optimisation software tools, as well as excellent communication and technical writing skills.

Further information

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

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

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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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