Research Assistant/Associate (Use of Buildings to Provide Demand Response in Networks) - D98873R

Newcastle University - Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering - Engineering

£27,285 to £28,936 (PhD not awarded; pro-rata)
£29,799 to £38,833 (PhD awarded; pro-rata)

Interview Date: 19 January 2018

Based at Newcastle University you will work on a project which involves the modelling of the energy demand of a mixed usage building, and in particular the brand-new Urban Sciences Building at Newcastle Science Central incorporating photovoltaics and energy storage, and investigate the potential of this to provide Demand Response services to the local electrical network and evaluate its impacts. There are building modelling elements and electrical network modelling elements.

You shall focus on the electrical network modelling. This is a rare opportunity leading to the acquisition of unique expertise and exposure in technology innovations, modelling and control algorithms and in the business aspects of demand side response of buildings and energy storage. This provides an ideal opportunity to undertake high quality research in collaboration with leading academic and industrial researchers in the field, interacting with various policy makers from within Newcastle University’s extensive links including Network Operators (e.g. UKPN and NPg), Local Authorities (e.g. Newcastle City Council) and Energy Systems Companies (e.g. Siemens).

You will have a PhD (or working towards) in area of research within power systems. You will have experience of using power systems modelling tools such as IPSA/PSCAD/PyPOWER/MatLab/e-MEGA-SIM to model complex power systems and control and also have a track record in publications.

You will demonstrate significant skills in modelling and simulation of power systems and control systems along with skills with control methodologies, their applications in smart grids (e.g. energy storage and demand response) accounting for aspects such as uncertainty.

The post is available part time, at 50%fte, and is fixed term for 1 year.

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For more information or informal enquiries, please contact Dr Haris Patsios: email or call 0191 208 7326.

Please be advised that due to new minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post does not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality, and the University holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers.  We are also a member of the Euraxess network.

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