Research Associate in Water and Energy Networks

University of Sheffield - Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Contract Type: Fixed term for 30 months. 

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

Location: Sir Frederick Mappin Building, Mappin Street


TWENTY65 is a large multi institutional consortium that was funded in response to EPSRC’s “Water for All” Grand Challenge. The TWENTY65 team consists of academics, post-doctoral researcher and PhD students from six contributing UK Universities, strongly linked with industrial collaborators from across the UK water sector ( The vision of the project is that by 2065, collaborative accelerated innovation can generate a dynamic and energised water sector in the UK that is delivering sustainable tailored water solutions that positively impact on public health, the environment, the economy and society.

The postholder will carry out research to quantify the consumption, generation and storage of energy (potential and heat energy) in water supply and wastewater networks in the UK and then link this knowledge with the technical capacity of electricity distribution systems to meet energy demand as more decentralised, low carbon generation sources are used. This will be undertaken as part of the EPSRC Water Grand Challenge consortium, TWENTY65.

The main duties and responsibilities of this post are:-

  • To carry out a comprehensive review of existing energy consumption, generation, storage and recovery technologies in water supply and sewer network systems, and of the technical capacity of power systems to meet local energy demand as more decentralised, renewable energy sources are used.
  • Computer modelling of the energy consumption, generation, storage and recovery potential of real water supply and sewer networks, and of coupled energy/water to show local energy demand of power systems and how this may change.
  • Analysis of the results of the computer simulations.
  • To report findings and results both internally within the project and externally.

The postholder must have a PhD in one of the engineering, physical or mathematical sciences and demonstrate evidence of independent research study with impact. Also essential are experience of using computational approaches to simulate complex systems; the ability to manage own work, and the work of others if required; evidence of disseminating research outputs in appropriate academic publications; excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, report-writing skills, and experience of delivering presentations to academic staff and commercial clients.

This post is fixed term for a period of 30 months.

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