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Senior Research Associate in Building Energy Performance

Requisition ID:  1067

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  31-Oct-2019

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 - £55,750 

Closing Date: 30 November 2019




We are looking for an independent researcher with expertise in energy performance of building to join our team. You can expect to join a vibrant research community studying energy systems integration, and the key role of building energy performance in the transition to low and zero greenhouse gas emissions.


As a Senior Research Associate we expect you to have some experience of managing research projects and writing proposals. You will also be regularly producing high quality research outputs and developing a reputation within this research field.


The team is working on a number of projects to which you can contribute, including the £20m EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration and the £36m Active Building Centre.


This post is available full time for 18 months. Part time applicants are welcomed


As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, 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.


For more information or informal enquiries, please contact Dr Sara Walker: email or call 0191 208 7281.


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Key Accountabilities


  • Modelling and simulation of active buildings (buildings with generation, storage, load).
  • Development of profiles for active building load, generation, storage, and vehicle-to-building (V2B), in collaboration with other project researchers.
  • Evaluation of the active building as a VPP, with potential to offer network services.
  • Dissemination of results through journal articles, conference presentations and industry seminars.
  • Managing of large research projects; keeping track of deadlines and deliverables, be responsible for reporting.
  • Attending project meetings and presenting the group’s work.
  • Developing new proposals.


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Knowledge of domestic and industrial/commercial building standards for the UK, and preferably also for other countries, particularly continental Europe
  • Well developed technical and research skills in use of building simulation software such as Design Builder/Energy+
  • Experience in proposal writing for UK research councils and/or European Commission
  • Experience in producing collaborative high quality research outputs, showing evidence of work of at least national significance
  • Experience of managing a complex project, or multiple projects, as a work package leader, researcher co-investigator or effectively as principal investigator


  • You should also have industry experience


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Professional approach
  • Commitment to dignity and respect in the workplace
  • Willingness to work in a team environment and support the development of a collaborative research culture
  • Helping other researchers in interpreting data, managing competing priorities and developing research skills
  • Potential to play a leadership role in mentoring junior colleagues and co-ordinating the work of research and support staff
  • Supervise postgraduate research students and take responsibility for their training




  • Good (2:1 or 1st class) BEng or MEng Engineering Honours degree (preferably in Building Services Engineering
  • PhD in building energy performance


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.

Requisition ID: 1067


The School holds a bronze Athena SWAN award in addition to the University’s silver 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.