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Research Assistant/Associate in Future Energy Systems

Requisition ID:  5567

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  04-Jan-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: - Resarch Assistant:   £28,331 - £30,046 per annum

              Research Associate  £30,942 - £35,845 per annum


Closing Date: 1 February 2021



The Role

We are looking for a Research Assistant/Associate to join the Electrical Power Group, working in the field of Future Energy Systems. There are a range of projects in the group, which could enable you to contribute to: modelling of power networks, particularly in the context of flexible assets such as heat pumps and electric vehicles; modelling of whole energy system scenarios and their implications for policy; and novel methods for sustainable power supply in urban areas with increased flexibility.    

The project will provide you with challenges and opportunities including:

  • Liaising with experts on an international scale across a range of disciplines around electricity distribution systems
  • Interaction with academics, Industry, and policy makers including Network Operators, City Councils, and Energy Systems Companies
  • Expanding expertise and exposure in technology innovations
  • Further developing your ability to undertake, lead and disseminate research as part of a team
  • Developing awareness of the current and future needs of energy systems, including technical, business, and regulatory aspects
  • Improving and demonstrating the necessary project management skills to ensure project milestones are achieved on time
  • Publishing research in high quality journals


There is also the potential for career progression to a more senior position in industry or academia.


For more information please visit:     

Please contact Kate Kelly with informal enquiries kate.kelly2@ncl.ac.uk 


This is a full time, fixed term post available until 30 September 2022.

As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.


Key Accountabilities


  • Modelling and simulations of power and energy systems
  • Design networks and scenarios, including scalability to large, complex, and future systems
  • Analysis of network planning and operation, including techno-economical analysis;
  • Analysis of regulatory and commercial frameworks for energy networks;
  • Quantifying the contribution of smart grid technologies and embedded generation to distribution network security of supply;
  • Development of decision and control processes, including optimization for power systems that include distributed energy resources
  • Dissemination of results through journal articles, conference presentations and industry seminars;
  • Working closely with industry, achieving impact by helping to translate research outputs into business as usual;
  • Keeping track of deadlines and deliverables, and being responsible for reporting;
  • Attending project meetings and presenting the group’s work



The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Knowledge of probabilistic methods suitable for the analysis of energy networks
  • Knowledge of optimisation methods suitable for the analysis of energy networks
  • Significant experience in modelling and simulation of energy systems and control
  • Experience in journal publications, or evidence of the potential to achieve this
  • Skills in using modelling tools (such as IPSA/PSCAD/PyPOWER/MatLab/e-MEGA-SIM) and/or modelling approaches (such as multi-agent modelling, stochastic modelling and robust optimisation)
  • Ability to understand techno-economic and market analyses, regulatory and frameworks, and policies


  • Skills in the analysis of data related to energy system operation
  • Ability to present information effectively, writing technical reports and presenting at meetings and conferences
  • Experience in analysis of energy system markets and relevant operations


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate at all levels, along with good team working skills
  • Ability to converse effectively and interact well within a team
  • Experience of adapting own skills to new circumstances


  • The ability to work autonomously


  • PhD, or working towards, in area of research within energy systems




Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 5567