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Research Associate/Assistant in Building Energy Performance

Requisition ID:  5313

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date: 


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: £28,331.00 - £44,045.00 

Closing Date: 11 November 2020


The role

We are delighted to be seeking a dedicated individual to join our Power Systems Research Group to work on the modelling of building energy load and the role for buildings within Local Energy Systems. Working in a multidisciplinary team and with industrial and local authority partners you will contribute to the demonstration of an integrated multi-vector energy system incorporating electricity, heat, transport, energy storage and hydrogen at a district scale.


You will be an enthusiastic team member with knowledge of building energy systems modelling and experience of demonstration of HVAC technologies, through simulation, practical implementation or both. Emphasis is on the interoperability of disparate energy technologies across space, vector and time in which device characteristics are accounted for in overall system controls and behaviour. You will communicate our findings both within and beyond the research team.


This position is full time (37 hours per week) on a fixed term basis, available immediately for 21 months. If preferred, this position is also available on a part time basis for a longer duration OR until the project end date, whichever is soonest. Working hours, contract length and roster for part time appointment to be determined at offer stage. 


For all informal enquiries, please contact Faye Harland or Sara Walker at Sara.Walker@newcastle.ac.uk  or Faye Harland at Faye.Harland@newcastle.ac.uk.


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We will consider applications to work flexibly or from a location other than Newcastle wherever possible.

Key Accountabilities

• Use initiative and creativity to analyse and interpret research data and draw conclusions on the outcomes.
• Work effectively with team members within the University and with partners from industry and local authorities to achieve objectives.
• Work to deadlines and manage competing priorities.
• Keep personal knowledge of research area up to date.
• Undertake training and development activities to increase capacity to work effectively.
• Guided by senior researchers, contribute ideas and enhancements to modelling, simulation, data collection and analysis methods
• Collect and assess research findings.
• Contribute to report, conference and paper writing for the dissemination of results.

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• Technical and research skills in use of building energy simulation software. Examples include IES, Design Builder, or Matlab based tools but experience with other similar tools may be appropriate.
• Experience of obtaining, managing and analysing research data from simulation or real-world experimental facilities.
• Understanding of the properties of HVAC energy systems as well as photovoltaics, heat-pumps, demand-side response, battery energy storage systems. Basic understanding of all with expertise in at least one.
• Track record of high-quality journal publications. (Desirable for Research Assistant).
• Exposure to or experience in presenting at conferences and writing-up research results (Desirable for Research Assistant).
• Experience teaching and demonstrating to undergraduate and postgraduate research students (Desirable for Research Assistant).
• Ability to convey leadership to a dedicated research group and the experience of mentoring early career research colleagues (Desirable for Research Assistant).


Attributes and Behaviour

• Ability to communicate complex information with clarity.
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills colleagues, the general public and internal and external stakeholders, with the ability to interact with people from different disciplines;
• Willingness to work in a team environment and support the development of a collaborative research culture.
• Professional approach with a commitment to dignity and respect in the workplace.
• Ability to co-ordinate your own work with that of other member of the research group.
• Excellent problem solving ability in order to resolve any issues that may impact the achievement of the research objectives and contribute to the wider achievement of the groups aims.
• Ability to work flexibly according to the needs of the project and a willingness to travel overseas, including residential fieldwork.



• Good honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, engineering or a closely related discipline.
• A PhD awarded (or nearing completion) in a relevant discipline OR the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience in energy systems research (applicants nearing PhD submission will be considered at the Research Assistant level, with progression to Research Associate).


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.


Please be advised that due to new minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


Requisition ID: 5313