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Postdoctoral Research Fellow on Flexibility in Energy Demand
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF27891

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 10/05/2019

Job live date: 28/03/2019

Salary: £40,792 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of the Built Environment

Division: Construction Management & Engineering

Hours Per Week:: 1.00 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-time,Fixed-term up to 3 years

An exciting opportunity to join a project at the forefront of research into Energy Demand Flexibility has become available. We are looking for a post-doctoral research fellow to join our research team for a 3 year post, looking at the interaction between demand side technologies, flexibility and energy demand patterns at different scales within energy distribution networks.

This is a 3 year, full-time, Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position on Flexibility in Energy Demand. The post is offered by the School of the Built Environment, University of Reading - funded under the Flexibility theme of the EPSRC funded Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS). CREDS is a UKRI Energy Programme funded initiative with a budget of £19.5 million involving 13 universities, with a core team based at the University of Oxford. The post is based at the School of the Built Environment, University of Reading. The candidate will benefit from being part of a wider research community both within the Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Group at the University of Reading as well as part of the CREDS community. 

The project will analyse the interaction between flexibility and temporalities of energy demand in the presence of demand-side technologies (e.g. household batteries and vehicle-to-grid electric vehicles storage). This will primarily be through modelling of technology functionality and use of technology at different scales within energy distribution networks. The project will use, and further develop, existing models of energy systems to explore how far reaching the influence of technology can be on energy demand flexibility.

The project will provide a valuable opportunity for challenging our understanding of flexibility in demand when associated with temporalities of human activity. It will be carried out in association with current and future projects on: (i) defining, conceptualising and measuring flexibility; and (ii) intervening to enhance flexibility.

The project will provide new approaches to analysing demand-side flexibility. It will, therefore, be important that the candidate is able to communicate the subject matter to different audiences, including the energy industry, regulators, policy makers, as well as the energy demand research community.   

Key tasks include:
> Use and development of energy demand models from building to distribution network scale
> Development of case studies to study the interaction between demand-side technologies and everyday life
> Preparation of conference and journal research outputs
> Engagement with wider CREDS community, particularly under the Flexibility theme

You will have:
•    Excellent programming skills preferably as applied to energy network modelling  
•    Ability to carry out advanced data analytics on large data sets
•    Experience (or in-depth knowledge of) a variety of mathematical modelling techniques 
•    Ability to develop research case studies 
•    Excellent communication skills 
•    Willingness to engage with industry and public for data collection and dissemination
•    Postgraduate research experience in energy demand
•    Doctorate in a relevant specialism
•    Ability to work independently and as part of a team
•    Record of publications commensurate with career stage

Applications will be reviewed periodically before the closing date and interviews conducted thereafter as appropriate.

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Dr Stefan Thor Smith

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Prof Jacopo Torriti

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Interviews will be held on 12 June 2019

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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