Research Fellow in Energy Storage Integration

University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Chemical Engineering

Duration: Fixed-term for up to 24 months

Applications are invited for a research fellow position to study the integration of energy storage technologies into energy systems.  The position will be based with Dr Jonathan Radcliffe in the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham. The Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, led by Professor Yulong Ding, covers interdisciplinary research across engineering, science and policy. A recent £12m investment has provided state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, including a grid-connected, liquid air (cryogenic) energy storage pilot plant.

This post will be part of ‘Manifest’ - Multi-scale Analysis for Facilities for Energy Storage - a new £5m project funded by EPSRC being led by the University of Birmingham. Manifest brings together leading groups in the UK to address research questions that span energy storage technologies. This post will be able to draw on the operational outputs from a number of energy storage demonstration facilities that are part of Manifest to assess the role and value of specific energy storage technologies in energy systems.

The work will involve:

  • Development of operational strategies for energy storage demonstration facilities.
  • Working closely with research groups involved in Manifest, to gather and analyse outputs from the facilities, then integrating them into a national Energy Storage Observatory.
  • Optimising the operation of cryogenic and thermal energy storage in energy systems, at local and national scales.

The successful candidate should hold, or be near completion of a science or engineering PhD related to energy, with expertise in modelling and techno-economic analysis. (S)he should have a proficiency in data handling, with a knowledge of energy technologies and systems. An understanding of energy markets and policy would be an advantage.                        

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 55350 in all enquiries.

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