Business Research Associate / Business Research Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Renewable Energy Group, Cornwall

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

This role will support the successful ERDF ‘Marine-I’ and Interreg ‘ICE’ project applications. Marine-I, aims to enable innovation in the marine sector, with a focus on four interconnected themes: marine energy, marine manufacturing, maritime operations and marine environmental technologies, to stimulate and support business-led and market-driven research and development and innovation. The Intelligent Community Energy project (ICE) aims to design and implement innovative smart energy solutions for isolated territories in the UK-France Channel area.

This post is available immediately to 31 December 2019.

You will join a strong research group in offshore renewable energy (ORE) with extensive physical and computational facilities and excellent support staff. The research area that will be investigated in both projects straddles power electronics and reliability system analysis.

You will contribute to the development of a grid simulator, consisting of power electronic DC/AC converter, resistive load, and storage, supporting the development of an offshore demonstration facility. The grid simulator design characteristics would allow injecting power to flow from the AC side (generation) to the DC side (storage) under real power offshore renewable energy generation conditions. This also includes the implementation of a probabilistic reliability assessment for the above described grid simulator and a network-level system reliability analysis. Network analysis takes into consideration the available renewable energy resources and potential storage options in order to quantify (and optimise) the reliability of the electricity supply using statistical mathematical approaches and standard system reliability software (such as Reliasoft).

Extensive knowledge in power electronics and some demonstrable experience in system reliability modelling is essential. You will contribute to team decision making and use creativity to analyse and interpret research data to generate original ideas based on outcomes leading to the publication of research of international standing and quality. Ideally, you will have been active in the field of power electronics and/or reliability analysis, with enthusiasm for interdisciplinary solutions.

You will be appointed as an Associate (Grade E) or Fellow (Grade F) depending on your skills and experience. Please demonstrate your achievements against the relevant criteria in the accompanying person specifications which will be used to make an appointment at an appropriate level.

At Business Research Fellow level, you will be a nationally recognised authority in Power electronics/Reliability Analysis and be able to develop research programmes and methodologies

Cornwall will appeal if you wish to work in beautiful surroundings with plenty of opportunities for sporting and outdoor activities, it’s a haven for those who love sand, sailing and surf. The campus is a few minutes’ walk from Penryn and only 10 minutes from Falmouth, which is the centre of Cornwall’s creative scene, with businesses, studios, shops and galleries, and great live music.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit, we welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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