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Research Associate in Energy Systems Modelling (x2)

Cardiff University - Cardiff School of Engineering

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £33,199 to £39,609 per annum (Grade 6)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th November 2018
Closes: 8th December 2018
Job Ref: 7965BR

We seek to recruit 2 highly motivated Research Associates with proven intellectual and technical ability to conduct independent research on modelling and analysis of energy systems. The successful candidates will primarily contribute to the MaxImiSing flexibility through multi-Scale IntegratiON of energy systems (MISSION) project which is funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). You will also be exposed to other relevant activities carried out within CIREGS (Centre for Integrated Renewable Energy Generation and Supply).

Project summary:

The growing use of variable renewable energy sources (vRES) for power generation poses several challenges to the operation of power systems, in particular, supply and demand imbalances. To maintain continuous service in the face of rapid and large swings in supply and/or demand, there is a significant need for flexibility (i.e. energy storage and demand side response). There is substantial potential for energy storage and demand response within heat and gas systems that can be exploited to support the operation of electricity system and facilitate a cost-effective transition to a low carbon and resilient energy system. For this project we are looking for 2 Research Associates (RA).

Post RA1: Multi-scale optimisation of energy system

The successful candidate for this post will develop a whole-system energy model to optimise the synergies between various energy vectors to maximise the provision of flexibility to power systems. The model will allow understanding how much flexibility will be needed and where in the energy systems, and how these needs will best be met by a ‘flexibility mix’ of technologies.

Post RA2: Agent-based modelling to investigate interactions between key players in integrated energy systems

The successful candidate for this post will model strategic behaviours of key players in the energy system (e.g. flexibility providers, system operator, etc) and their interactions with other stakeholders. This is to investigate regulatory and market barriers to the maximum exploitation of flexibility from gas and heat sectors to power system.

To conduct research within the integrated energy systems and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

The posts are full time, available immediately and are fixed term for 2 years.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Meysam Qadrdan (

For further details about working at Cardiff School of Engineering please contact

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

The School of Engineering holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. Cardiff University is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. For this vacancy we actively encourage women to apply. We will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share opportunities.

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