Research Associate in Energy Network Modelling

University of Bath - Architecture & Civil Engineering

This exciting new position is for a Research Associate to work on a large funded project, with the potential to make a lasting impact on the lives of millions of people. The project’s vision is to decouple building energy use from economic growth in developing countries through a new science of Zero Peak Energy Building Design for warm climates, with India as a case study. The key objective, therefore, is to provide ‘thermal stress free' living conditions whilst minimising mean and peak demand.

This post is to construct and run simulation models of the interaction of building energy systems and occupants at district level to simulate the effect of these interactions on the overall energy demand. These models will have to capture a range of novel fabric, cooling and heating technologies and how they can be made to interact in the district energy network. The aim will be to model modes of interaction that can have a smoothing effect on peaks in demand and quantify how this smoothing effect scales depending on both the strength of the interaction and the number of connected buildings. The post holder will be required to work closely with other work streams and the researchers in India, who will provide data and validation of the simulation modelling results.

The successful candidate will have a first degree and doctorate in a numerical / computational discipline such as in science, applied mathematics or engineering. Strong knowledge of programming with an understanding of network models or complexity science would be highly advantageous. Above average paper output for their career stage is essential. In addition to the core scientific tasks listed above, the applicant will also be required to support work on other aspects of the project, as directed by the investigators, and undertake a series of impact related activities, which may require periodic travel outside the UK. We are therefore looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals with strong people skills to work in a multi-disciplinary team consisting of building physicists, architects, computer scientists, weather scientists, psychologists and others.

You will join the EDEn (Energy and Design of Environments) research group within the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, but work closely with other co-investigators, including those in the developing country. For more information on EDEn, see

This post is available on a full-time basis for up to 24 months. The ideal start date would be 1 November 2018.

For an informal discussion about the position please contact Dr Sukumar Natarajan ( or Dr Nick McCullen (

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.
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