Research Associate/Fellow - Research and Development of Community Energy Schemes

University of Nottingham - Department of Architecture & Built Environment

Applications are invited for the above post within the Architecture, Energy and Environment research group at the Department of Architecture & Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham.  

The Innovate UK funded Project SCENe (Sustainable Community Energy Networks) looks to accelerate the adoption of community energy schemes in the UK by investigating a different way of generating and supplying heat and electricity to houses and commercial buildings. Locally produced energy will be used by the community with minimal or no reliance on the national grid. The potential benefits include reduced cost, higher infrastructure, economic and social resilience, and more efficient use of renewables to reduce the overall carbon emissions from the energy sector. 

The project demonstration site is a new housing development at the Nottingham River Trent Basin. The site is the nucleus of the ~2,000 home development of the Nottingham Waterside regeneration project.  SCENe will use 120 energy efficient homes (apartments and houses) to test the proposed community energy scheme. If successful, it is hoped that the technologies and business model developed will be applied across Nottingham Waterside and beyond. SCENe is a large multidisciplinary consortia project that builds on a strong partnership of UK and world leading companies and academia. The project also benefits from additional capital investment from ERA, the UK Energy Research Accelerator, which is part of the Midlands Innovation Group of higher education institutions.

The successful candidate will closely collaborate with industry partners and be responsible for the design, installation and management of a real time monitoring platform for thermal/electricity energy generation, distribution, utilisation and storage across a community energy scheme at dwelling and community scales. The platform will provide evidenced based feedback for performance evaluation of the homes and energy technologies that comprise the community energy scheme. Candidates must hold an appropriate building services / engineering, degree level qualification and have obtained or are close to completing a PhD in an appropriate field (e.g. engineering, energy, or building services). Ideal candidates will also have expertise in energy monitoring, sensor technologies and large data set acquisition and analysis. The ideal candidate will understand energy use in the built environment and have strong organizational skills, excellent communication and presentation skills, and the ability to interact professionally with industrial partners and work in a large multidisciplinary team. 

This is a full-time fixed-term post, available from 1 November 2017 until 31 May 2018.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Mark Gillott telephone 0115 8467677 or email mark.gillott@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community

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