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Postdoctoral Research Fellow on Flexibility in Energy Demand
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF37803

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 03/01/2022

Job live date: 02/12/2021

Salary: £42,149 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of the Built Environment

Division: Construction Management & Engineering

Hours per week: 1.00FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-time, Fixed-term up to a year

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 1 year post, looking at data on electricity demand and Time of Use tariffs.

This is a 1 year, full-time, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) on Flexibility in Energy Demand. The post is funded under the Flexibility Theme of the 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.

This project will move thinking beyond average price elasticities by critically engaging with existing work on price elasticity, focusing on time-of-day fixities, considering wider societal impacts of dynamic pricing, comparing elasticities across different types of derived demand, estimating how price elasticities vary according to the time of the day, weather and occupancy levels.

This project will address key questions on how does price elasticity change based on the time of the day. It will explore the relationships between elasticity and flexibility. By doing so, it will examine how elasticity is dependent by variables other than prices, such as fixities around routines and schedules. This work will require critical engagement with energy elasticity literature and scholars. It will inform work which makes use of elasticity (e.g. energy and transport regulators introducing time-of-day pricing) for dynamic tariff planning. The project will: a) critically review existing work and projects on short-term price elasticity; b) derive fixities in what people do from UK time use data; c) assess wider impacts of dynamic pricing; d) compare dynamic pricing of household electricity, transport and other sectors; e) measure time-of-day price elasticity; and f) create new metrics based on non-price elasticities. Methods will involve meta-analysis of price elasticity; analysis of time use data; econometric analysis of distributional effects of ToU tariffs; cross-sectoral comparative analysis of price elasticity; analysis of price signals at different scales; new elasticity metrics.   

Key tasks include:

o          Meta-analysis of price elasticity

o          Analysis of time use data

o          Econometric analysis of distributional effects of Time of Use tariffs

o          Cross-sectoral comparative analysis of price elasticity

o          Analysis of price signals at different scales

o          Development of new elasticity metrics

You will have:

  • Ability to carry out data analytics on data sets
  • Ability to develop a variety of methods as party case study research
  • 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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Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route.  Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS.  There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. 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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