Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Energy Systems

Applications to be received by 12pm on Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,604 - £33,518 p.a.

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate in Energy Systems to join the Energy and Power Group at the Department of Engineering at Begbroke Science Park. The post is initially fixed-term for 30 months or until 30 April 2021 (whichever is sooner), and may be extended.

The post is funded under the EPSRC GCRF project “Robust Extra Low Cost Nanogrids for the developing world” (RELCON). The project is focused on developing and deploying power-electronics based micro-grids in African communities. The successful candidate will join a world-class multi-institution team that is building a model for energy supply from a pan-continental down to the local scale.

You should have (or be near to completion) of a PhD/DPhil in engineering, physics, mathematics, or similar area or have evidence of extensive equivalent experience in a relevant professional engineering environment combined with a relevant first degree (or Masters). You will principally be responsible for designing, building and testing cost-efficient multi-port isolated power electronic converters, targeting 20 year life-expectancy for deployment in a demanding environment. You will also contribute to control system design, user interface design and to the installation and testing of the nanogrids in the Oxford Microgrid Laboratory, leading to medium-scale testing in Kenya. You should therefore be able to demonstrate knowledge of and design experience in the area of power electronic circuits and systems.

This is an exciting opportunity for a power electronics engineer looking to use their skills to solve pressing energy challenges, with the potential to positively affect millions of lives in the developing world.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dan Rogers using the email address below. Further information can be found at:

You will be required to upload a covering letter, clearly describing how your skillset matches the essential and desired criteria of this advertised position, CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 23 May 2018 can be considered.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology. This group has a strong desire to promote diversity and gender balance.

Contact: Professor Dan Rogers