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Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

The role

We are seeking a highly ambitious Research Assistant/Associate to work on Net-Zero Buildings and Energy Systems. You will join the Electrical Power group in the School of Engineering, Newcastle University. You will have opportunity to collaborate with different regional and national policymakers and stakeholders, including National Grid ESO, Siemens, Northern Powergrid, ScottishPower, UK Power Networks, Newcastle City Council, and Association for Decentralised Energy.

Your role will involve data-driven modelling, analysis, and optimisation of net-zero buildings and energy systems, including electricity and heat sectors at household, communal/regional, and national levels. You will particularly focus on unlocking the flexibility of low-carbon technologies in integrated energy systems and examining how new business models affect the operations of these systems.

You will have the opportunity to liaise with international experts across various disciplines related to net-zero buildings and energy systems, including Supergen Energy Networks Hub (SEN), Hydrogen Integration for Accelerated Energy Transition Hub (HI-ACT), Energy Demand Research Centre (EDRC), and Centre for Energy at Newcastle University. Throughout this work you will expand expertise and exposure in technology innovations and increase awareness of the current and future needs of net-zero buildings and energy systems, including technical, business, and regulatory aspects.

This full-time, fixed term for 24 months or until the project ends whichever comes soonest. To apply, please upload a CV and a cover letter detailing how your experience meets the requirements outlined in the job description.

Key accountabilities

  • Modelling, analysing, and optimising net-zero buildings and energy systems
  • Publishing and presenting research in high-quality journals
  • Interacting with academic/industrial partners and policymakers/stakeholders, including network operators, city councils, and energy system companies
  • Undertake, lead, and disseminate research as part of a team
  • Quantifying and understanding flexibility in net-zero buildings and energy systems
  • Developing innovative tools and models for designing, controlling, and operating net-zero buildings and energy systems
  • Disseminating research outcomes through high-impact journal papers, high-quality conference presentations, and engaging industry seminars
  • Working closely with policymakers and stakeholders to achieve impact by translating research outputs into business practices
  • Keeping track of deadlines and deliverables and being responsible for reporting
  • Attending project meetings and presenting the group’s work

The person

Essential knowledge, skills and experience

  • Strong skills in using optimisation tools and models in Python, Julia, or GAMS
  • Strong skills with control methodologies, their applications in net-zero. buildings and energy systems (e.g. energy storage and demand response)
  • Project management skills to ensure project milestones are met on time
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate at all levels, along with good team working skill
  • Knowledge of data-driven optimisation methods suitable for the analysis of net-zero buildings and energy systems
  • Ability to understand techno-economic analyses and perform relevant studies
  • Significant experience in modelling and simulating net-zero buildings and energy systems
  • Track record in journal publications, or evidence of the potential to achieve this target
  • Experience of working with industry in the field of net-zero buildings and energy systems

Desirable

  • Ability to carry out uncertainty-aware modelling of net-zero buildings and energy systems
  • Skilled in developing Python-based open-source tools that can be used to translate research outputs into industrial practice
  • The ability to effectively handle large data sets associated with net-zero buildings and energy systems
  • Ability to present information effectively, writing technical reports and presenting at meetings and conferences; particularly the ability to communicate complex ideas in simple language
  • Experience in power/energy systems regulatory frameworks and operations
  • Experience in energy markets and relevant operations

Attributes and behaviour

  • Ability to converse effectively and interact well within a team
  • Experience of adapting own skills to new circumstances
  • The ability to work autonomously
  • Capacity for original thought
  • Enthusiasm and a strong work ethic
  • Ability to interact with researchers from different backgrounds
  • Ability to communicate scientific results to a broad or non-specialist audience
  • Ability and willingness to work in interdisciplinary environments

Qualifications

  • PhD (Associate level) in area of research within power and energy systems
  • Degree (Assistant level) in Engineering or related discipline with a focus on power/energy systems

About us

Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.

We are committed to being a fully inclusive university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all of our employees and the communities they represent. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.

At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC. We are a Disability Confident employer and will offer an interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role as part of the offer and interview scheme.

In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.