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 to join the Energy and Power Group at the Department of Engineering at Begbroke Science Park. The post is funded by EPSRC is initially fixed-term for 24 months or until 30 April 2021 (whichever is sooner), and may be extended.

The successful candidate will join a world-class multi-institution team and be responsible for developing an integrated model for energy supply from the pan-continental scale down to the local level using new smart technologies to integrate renewables into a balanced system. Specifically, you will work to develop an energy management algorithm that distributes energy between the nano hub and loads in order to maximise PV yield, balance power availability and manage the lifetime of the storage elements. The post will be funded from the EPSRC “Robust Extra Low Cost Nanogrids for the developing world (RELCON)”. The project is particularly focused on micro-grids in African communities.

You should have (or be near to completion) a PhD/DPhil in engineering, physics, mathematics, or other related area. You will be responsible for developing theories on paper and implementing them in software, and will participate in group activities, project meetings, and external conferences. You should possess knowledge and skills in complex modelling, electronic and numerical experimentation using Python, data servers and databases. Experience in embedded programming and whole energy systems is desirable but not required.

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

You will be required to upload a covering letter, 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.

Contact: Professor M D McCulloch