Research Associate (Grid-Scale Energy Storage) - D103247R

Newcastle University - Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Sub Unit: Infrastructure

The overarching aim of this role is to deliver a programme of research around future energy infrastructure and the different modes of energy storage. The programme aims to go beyond electrical energy focused methods and to explore the opportunities for meeting the needs of residential, commercial and industrial consumers across all their energy demands (heating, cooling and electricity). You will collect and compile detail datasets on heating, cooling and electricity infrastructure and established and arising energy storage technologies (thermal storage, pumped hydropower, compressed air energy storage, pumped heat energy storage, flywheels, batteries, chemical storage etc.). They will develop and apply models of multi-vector energy system infrastructure and storage, analyse these data in context with various project case studies and disseminate the results.

You will have an awarded PhD with particular emphasis on energy storage as well as a 1st class or upper second class degree in a relevant science and engineering subject (such as Physics, Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering). You will also have experience in modelling and the analysis of many of the different forms of energy storage i.e. not just electrical storage but different types of energy infrastructure (gas, thermal and electrical) and have experience in engineering thermodynamics of energy components or systems.

The core team at the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research at Newcastle University is an interdisciplinary research team that includes eleven academic, research, technical and administrative staff supporting thirty-one full-time research students engaged in cutting-edge energy research.

This post is available fixed term until 31.07.2019.

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For informal enquiries please contact Andrew Smallbone (

Please be advised that due to a new minimum salary threshold of £30,000 per annum imposed by the UKVI, this post may 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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