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Senior Research Associate in Local Energy Systems

Requisition ID:  2703

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
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: £41,526.00 - £55,750.00 

Closing Date: 11 March 2020



The role


We are delighted to be recruiting a Senior Research Associate to join our Power Systems Research Group to lead on the design, optimisation and evaluation of Local Energy Systems.


Working in a dynamic and multidisciplinary team, collaborating with our industrial stakeholders and the 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 should be an enthusiastic team player with and in-depth knowledge of energy systems modelling and thorough experience of demonstration of energy 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 present research results at a local and international level to internal and external stakeholders. You should be willing to travel to research conferences and for the purposes of collaboration.


You may provide support with PhD student supervision and training, and be willing to engage with some teaching activity, previous teaching experience is desirable. You should be able to work independently, have exceptional time management skills and also work as part of a team. You should be able to support junior members of staff and take a lead in decision making.


For any informal enquiries, please contact  Neal Wade, Senior Lecturer in Power Systems via email neal.wade@ncl.ac.uk  or Faye Harland, Project Coordinator via email: faye.harland@ncl.ac.uk


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Part time hours will be positively considered.  This post is fixed term for 16 Months.


Key Accountabilities



  • Use initiave and creativity to analyse and interpret research data and draw conclusions on the outcomes.
  • Work effectively with team members within the University and with skateholder partners from industry and local authorities to achieve objectives.
  • Ensure intellectual rigour and adherence to robust ethical standards to maintain integrity of research.
  • Play an active part in research networks, develop contacts with external bodies and actively seek out and develop opportunities for interdisciplinary research.
  • Help colleagues in interpret their data, to manage competing priorities, and to develop their research skills.
  • Play a leadership role in mentoring junior colleagues and co-ordinating the work of research and support staff.
  • Ensure that knowledge and methodological/technical skills in your, and related, areas of scholarship are extended and inform research activities.
  • Play a major part in the dissemination of the team’s research findings, presenting at conferences of international quality and publishing in high quality journals.
  • At the discretion of the Principal Investigator (consistent with with the funding agreement) you may contribute to the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate research students in the School, within their discipline and knowledge of research methods.


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • In-depth subject knowledge and advanced technical and research skills in the use of energy simulation software. Including but not limited to, TRYNSYS, EnergyPlan, DER-CAM, or Matlab based tools
  • Skilled in obtaining, managing and analysing research data from simulation or real-world experimental facilities.
  • In-depth understanding of the properties of distributed energy resources including photovoltaics, heat-pumps, electric vehicles, demand-side response, battery energy storage systems and hydrogen electrolysis. Considerable expertise in more than one.
  • Track record of presentations at conferences and high-quality journal publications in internationally recognised papers.
  • Exposure to, or experience in preparing applications for funding including working with colleagues to identify funding opportunities, designing project proposals and writing bids.
  • Experience in managing research projects, identifying targets and proactively addressing risks.
  • Ability to convey leadership to a dedicated research group and the experience of mentoring junior research colleagues.
  • Experience supervising undergraduate and postgraduate research students (Desirable)
  • Experience teaching and demonstrating to undergraduate and postgraduate research students (Desirable)


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Ability to communicate complex information with clarity
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and exposure to or experience in presenting and writing-up research results for publication in peer-reviewed books, conferences and/or journal articles.
  • Demonstrable experience of working in a multidisciplinary team environment and actively supporting the development of a collaborative research culture.
  • Professional approach with a commitment to equality, diversity, dignity and respect in the workplace
  • Excellent time management ability, organisations skills and initiative in planning research and balancing competing priorities.
  • High-level analytical skills




  • A PhD awarded OR extensive experience in energy systems research
  • Good honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, engineering or a closely related discipline.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)



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: 2703