Research Fellow or Research Assistant in Digital Energy Systems Modelling

Updated: 21 days ago
Location: Cranfield, ENGLAND
Job Type: Contract
Deadline: 14 May 2023


Cranfield University


School of Water, Energy and Environment

Based at

Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Hours of work

37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.

Contract type

Fixed term contract

Fixed Term Period

Until 31 March 2025


£32,810 per annum - Research Assistant (if close to completing PhD) £35,559 per annum to £37,443 per annum - Research Fellow (if PhD obtained, and dependent on experience)

Cranfield University’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here .

About the Role

Your role will be to contribute to the modelling of digital discrimination risks as the interaction of individual choices and organisational policy and practices associated with digitisation of services in energy, housing and health domains. You will work on an EPSRC-funded (£3.4M) project, Protecting Minority Ethnic Communities Online (PRIME). The PRIME project aims to broaden understanding of online harm and how it can be mitigated through new systems, tools and processes by focusing on Minority Ethnic (ME) communities' experiences of digitalised services, particularly in the areas of housing, health and energy. We will draw on knowledge, methods and skills from social policy, cyber security and privacy, data mining and machine learning; human computer interaction, applied linguistics and educational technology. Working closely with National Research Centre on Privacy, Harm Reduction and Adversarial Influence online (REPHRAIN ( ) the PRIME consortium includes researchers from Heriot-Watt, Glasgow, York, Cranfield, and Open Universities, and it will engage with a wide range of individuals from ME communities, community organisations, public agencies and energy suppliers to identify and categorise the nature of the harms experienced, and assess the adequacy of existing systems and processes to counter them. To find out more about the project, visit here .

About You

You will be educated to doctoral level (or close to completion) in modelling of energy behaviours and choices and have experience of developing agent based models with a particular focus on understanding of digital discrimination risks as the interaction of individual choices and organisational policy and practices. With excellent team-working and inter-personal skills, you will have peer reviewed journal publication record.

About Us

Cranfield Energy and Sustainability is one of eight themes at Cranfield University offering world-class and niche post-graduate level research, education, training and consultancy. Providing a sustainable, secure and affordable energy supply is fundamentally important to our lives. Cranfield is advancing the potential solutions in energy and power to ensure our future needs are met.

As one of the four centres within Energy and Sustainability, Centre for Energy Systems and Strategy (CESS) pioneers multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together energy and power systems modelling, digital tools (peer to peer trading, AI), social, policy and regulatory aspects of energy transitions, with a focus on simulation and modelling.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here .

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families . Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here .

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Prof Nazmiye Ozkan, Professor in Sustainable Energy Transitions and Head of Centre for Energy Systems and Strategy, on (T): +44 (0)1234 75 4296 or (E):

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: Please quote reference number 4465.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 14 May 2023

Interviews to be held: 30 May 2023

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