Research Fellow in Wind Energy (88943)

University of Strathclyde - Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Term: Fixed (12 months)
Closing Date: 23 October 2017

The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering seeks to recruit a Research Fellow to join the Wind Energy and Control Centre (WECC). With more than 70 researchers, WECC undertakes internationally leading research in Wind Energy through EPSRC, EU and industry funded projects, including the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind Energy and Marine Systems (CDT), which is hosted by Strathclyde University, and the EPSRC Wind Energy Hub.

There is now high penetration of wind energy into the UK electricity grid with a total UK installed capacity of 9GW onshore wind and 5GW offshore wind. With the very high levels of investment involved, there is an imperative for the operators to manage these assets optimally. Advanced O&M strategies can facilitate this requirement. A Research Fellow is therefore sought to consolidate and grow O&M, remaining useful life and failure prediction research in WECC. The Research Fellow will contribute to the training programme within the CDT and to the MSc in Wind Energy Systems run by the Department. Experience in O&M, remaining useful life and failure prediction research is essential and, since research in this area is highly dependent on securing access to data, experience of working in and/or established links to the wind energy industry would be an advantage.

As a Research Fellow, you will engage as an independent researcher and establishing a distinctive programme of research and disseminate results through regular publications in high impact journals, books and conference proceedings. You will apply, as Principal Investigator and/or Co-Investigator, to appropriate external bodies for research funding and manage grants awarded. You will manage a research team (students and staff), providing direction, support and guidance and you will participate in and develop external networks to foster research collaborations, to inform the development of research objectives and to identify potential sources of funding. You will develop knowledge exchange activities by, for example, establishing research links with industry and influencing public policy and the professions and you will collaborate with colleagues to ensure that research advances inform departmental teaching effort, including contributing to relevant teaching programmes as appropriate. You will carry out Department/School, Faculty and/or University administrative and management functions, for example through membership of committees and engage in continuous professional development.

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to PhD level. You will have an ability to plan and organise research programmes, to ensure successful completion and you will have experience of planning and organising workloads, including the ability to supervise and delegate work. You will have some experience of teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, an ability to work within a team environment and to lead teams and excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences.

Whilst not essential for the role, applications are welcomed from candidates with: membership of relevant Chartered/professional bodies (including the Higher Education Academy), experience of multi/inter-disciplinary research, experience of student assessment activities and/or a track record in knowledge exchange related activities.

Initial interviews have been scheduled for 30 October 2017 (PM)

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor W E Leithead, Professor of Systems and Control, Tel 0141-548 2378.

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