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Research Assistant/Associate in Future Energy Systems

Requisition ID:  14321

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  24-Nov-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: £28,756 - £30,497 per annum (Research Assistant)

            £31,406 - £40,297 per annum (Research Associate)

Closing Date:   04 January 2021



The Role


The group of Electrical Power in the School of Engineering, Newcastle University, is working on a range of research projects. Weare seeking Research Assistants and Research Associates to work on 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; modelling building energy demand, considering renewable and flexible assets; modelling energy transitions and scenarios.    

The project will provide you with challenges and opportunities including:

  • Liaise with experts on an international scale across a range of disciplines around electricity distribution systems
  • Interact with academics, Industry, and policy makers including Network Operators, City Councils, and Energy Systems Companies
  • Expanding expertise and exposure in technology innovations
  • Further develop the ability to undertake, lead and disseminate research as part of a team
  • Develop 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
  • Potential for career progression to a more senior position in industry or academia


Additional information: The Electrical Power Group


This is a full-time, fixed-term position for 12 months or until 31.12.2022, whichever is soonest.


Please direct informal queries to Kate Kelly at kate.kelly2@newcastle.ac.uk   


Key Accountabilities


  • Modelling and simulations of energy systems (at network, building or system level)
  • Design scenarios, including scalability to large, complex, and future systems
  • Analysis of energy system planning and operation, including techno-economical analysis;
  • Analysis of regulatory and commercial frameworks for energy systems;
  • Quantifying the contribution of different technologies generation to a ‘net zero’ energy transition;
  • Development of methods to evaluate options for system design, planning and operation;
  • 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


Knowledge, Skills, and Experience


  • Knowledge of modelling methods for networks, buildings and/or systems
  • Experience in journal publications, or evidence of the potential to achieve this 
  • Experience in modelling and simulation of energy systems 
  • Skills in using modelling tools (such as IPSA/ /MatLab/SYSML/TIMES/EnergyPLUS) and/or modelling approaches 
  • 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


Attributes and Behaviours


  • 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 awarded (Associate), or working towards (Assistant), in area of research within energy systems




Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues 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.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 14321