Postdoctoral Research Associate / Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical

This post is available immediately 31 January 2020 and will to support the work of Dr Mohammad Abusara.

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.

This position will support successful ERDF projects: Cornwall New Energy project aims to provide business support to SMEs and community groups in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to enable them to plan towards installing renewable energy systems; adopt low carbon and environmental goods and services; develop innovations in the low carbon and environmental goods and services; access new market opportunities; and improve their economic/environmental performance amongst other outcomes. The Intelligent Community Energy project aims to design and implement innovative smart energy solutions for isolated territories in the UK-France Channel area.

The post-holder will contribute to the development of a bi-directional power electronic converter for battery storage. The research will include mathematical modelling, numerical simulation, electrical wiring and testing and developing a CAN-bus communication protocol between the power electronic converter and the battery management system.

An energy management system for microgrids, based on artificial intelligence, will also be developed. It will use available current power data from installed renewable energy sources and weather forecast to predict the short term electric energy price and hence optimise the operation of the battery storage.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline. At Postdoctoral Research Fellow level, the successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in Power Electronics and Control. The successful candidate will be appointed at Grade E or F depending on the skills and experience of the individual. Candidates should demonstrate their achievement against the relevant criteria in the accompanying person specifications which will be used to make an appointment at an appropriate level.

Cornwall will appeal if you wish to work in beautiful surroundings with plenty of opportunities for sporting and outdoor activities. 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 across the town. Falmouth’s seven beaches, beautiful rivers and the world-famous marina also make it a haven for those who love sand, sailing and surf. The University will also assist with relocation costs and support where required.

Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Dr Mohammad Abusara

The department is proud to have a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of their commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects. All of the University of Exeter’s STEM/M departments hold an Athena SWAN award.

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 alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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