Research Associate in energy systems modelling (2 posts)

Cardiff, Wales
33,797 - 40,322
Jun 17, 2020
Jul 17, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Associates in energy systems modelling (2 Posts)
Cardiff School of Engineering

We seek to recruit highly motivated Research Associates with proven intellectual and technical ability to conduct independent research on modelling and analysis of energy systems. The successful candidates will primarily contribute to the MaxImiSing flexibility through multi-Scale IntegratiON of energy systems (MISSION) project which is funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). You will also be exposed to other relevant activities carried out within CIREGS (Centre for Integrated Renewable Energy Generation and Supply).
Project summary:
The growing use of variable renewable energy sources (vRES) for power generation poses several challenges to the operation of power systems, in particular, supply and demand imbalances. To maintain continuous service in the face of rapid and large swings in supply and/or demand, there is a significant need for flexibility (i.e. energy storage and demand side response). There is substantial potential for energy storage and demand response within heat and gas systems that can be exploited to support the operation of electricity system and facilitate a cost-effective transition to a low carbon and resilient energy system.
The successful candidates will be expected to work on one of the following topics:
1)      Using Agent-Based or other suitable approach to study strategic behaviours of key players in the energy system (e.g. policy makers, consumers, flexibility providers, system operator, etc) and their interactions with other stakeholders.
2)      Optimal design and operation of district heating networks and investigating their interactions with the electricity system.
You will conduct research within the research area of integrated energy systems and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. You will also pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.
These posts are full time, available immediately and are fixed term until 28 November 2021.
Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)
For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Meysam Qadrdan (
For informal enquiries about working at Cardiff School of Engineering please contact Bev Jones at
Date advert posted: Thursday, 25 June 2020

Closing date: Sunday, 26 July 2020
The School of Engineering holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. Cardiff University is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. For this vacancy we actively encourage women to apply. We will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share opportunities.

Job Description:
Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To conduct research in the integrated energy systems area through developing modelling tools using appropriate software (e.g. Python, GAMS, etc), and applying the tools to analyse real case studies. In addition, the post-holder is expected to contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including publishing in high profile academic journals and conferences, and supervising MSc and PhD students.
  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals.
  • To attend and or present at conferences/seminars at a local and national level as required.
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
  • To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate
  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field
  • To participate in School research activities.
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions, explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects.
  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally to raise awareness of the School's profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world.
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role

Additional Information:
IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria

Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable criteria.
As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance, 9907BR

Person Specification:
Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

1.       Postgraduate degree at PhD level in Engineering, Physical Science, Operation Research (strong analytical background is required), or relevant industrial experience
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
2.       An established expertise and proven portfolio of research within at least 3 of the following research fields:
Energy systems
Large scale optimisation
Agent-based modelling and Game Theory
Computer programming and model development
3.       Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field
4.       Proven ability to publish in high-quality journals and high-impact conferences
5.       Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies
Communication and Team Working
6.       Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication
7.       Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals

8.       Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work
9.       Proven ability to work without close supervision
Desirable Criteria

10.   Evidence of collaborations with industry
11.   Project management experience

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