Research Associate - Crossbow Project (2 years)

The University of Manchester

Closing Date : 10/09/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 1 November 2017 until 31 October 2019
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Division : -
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : £31,076 to £38,183 per annum according to experience
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-10487

The Power and Energy Division of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK is looking for a Research Associate to work on research project funded by the EU H2020 project “Cross border management of variable renewable energies and storage units enabling a transnational wholesale market (CROSSBOW)”.

This multi-partner, multi-million euros, research project is a TSO driven project with two interrelated and equally important strategic goals: i) successfully deploying in the market, within a 24 months horizon after project completion, of a set of technological solutions which enable increasing the shared use of resources to foster transmission networks cross-border management of variable renewable energies and storage units, making possible a higher penetration of clean energies whilst reducing network operational costs and improving economic benefits of RES and storage units; ii) to have a significant impact in the commercial operation and innovation activities of the consortium - with a planned ROI for the partners of less than 36 months after full deployment and commercialisation of CROSSBOW products and services starts- and the European sector at large, contributing to the creation of more than 70.000 jobs, the access to better quality energy services of over 57 million citizens and businesses, the saving of 3 MTons of GHG and , and the increase of 10% in the share of RES (15,2 TWh), among other impacts.

The achievement of these strategic goals will involve the four aspects addressed by LCE-04-2017, as it will demonstrate a number of different technologies offering TSOs increased grid flexibility and robustness through: 1) A better control of cross-border balancing energy at interconnection points; 2) new storage solutions – distributed and centralized-, offering ancillary services to operate Virtual Storage Plants (VSP); 3) better ICT and Communications -e.g. better network observability, enabling flexible generation and Demand Response schemas; 4) the definition of a transnational wholesale market, proposing fair and sustainable remuneration for clean energies though the definition of new business models supporting the participation of new players –i.e. aggregators- and the reduction of costs.

Within the CROSSBOW project the particular focus of this position will be on development of a probabilistic risk based framework and algorithms to study the impact and potential contribution of Demand Side Management (DSM) on increased cross border power transfer at national and transnational level while ensuring at all times network voltage, angular and frequency stability.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Jovica Milanovic


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on the 'Apply' button below to find out more.

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