Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Energy Network Modelling

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 07th Jun 2021
  • Salary: Grade F £30,924 - £40,322 per annum or Grade G £41, 526 - £49,522 per annum
  • REF: 8842
  • Closes: 01st January 1970
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Reseach Associate-Grade F £30,924 – £40,322 per annum

Senior Research Associate – Grade G £41, 526 – £49,522 per annum

Closing Date:8 July2021

The Role

The Electrical Power group, School of Engineering is seeking to appointyou as a Research Associate or Senior Research Associate to develop a range of exciting research assignments on the National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI) project.

This is a unique opportunity where you will benefit from the acquisition of exceptional expertise and exposure in technology innovations, modelling and in the business aspects of energy systems modelling. This rare opening provides an ideal chance to undertake high quality research in collaboration with leading academic and industrial researchers in the field, interacting with various policy makers locally, together with representative from CESI’s extensive collaborators including network operators (e.g. UKPN and NPg), local authorities (e.g. Newcastle City Council) and energy systems companies (e.g. Siemens).

Key responsibilities will entail modelling and analysis of energy systems and considering the impacts of interaction between different energy vectors. Of particular interest is the potential for systems integration to deliver net zero GHG emissions targets.

You should be an enthusiastic team player with a keen interest in energy systems modelling and the simulation of energy systems (e.g. electrical, gas, heat). We are seeking to attract a highly motivated individual who has demonstrable communication skills, and has previous experience of, or exposure working in a research culture and thus the ability to produce high quality experimental outputs.

At Senior Research Associate level, you will assume a leadership position in the Electrical Power Group. You will be an experienced and talented writer, possessing confident verbal communication skills with an aptitude for instigating research collaborations where appropriate to bolster the group. You may be required to provide support with PhD student supervision, and you should be willing to engage with some teaching activity. You should be able to work independently, have exceptional time management skills and work as part of a diverse and interdisciplinary team. You should be able to support junior members of staff and take a lead in decision-making.

In order to apply, please submit an online application and upload a covering letter and CV. Please state in your covering letter whether you are applying for consideration at Research Associate, Senior Research Associate level or both. In your cover letter, please state how you are working towards, meet or exceed the essential and desirable criteria for the role holder as outlined below.

This position is available on a full time, fixed term basis, to start immediately and is tenable for 12 months from start date, or until the official project end date, whichever is soonest.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Sara Walker (Reader in Energy) via email: OR Ms Kate Kelly, (Research Project Coordinator)via email:

For further details on School of Engineering, please visit our web page at

For more information about the Electrical Power Group, please visit our web page at

Key Accountabilities

If you are consideringapplying for the Research Associate post (Grade F) would be expected to meet the requirements of the Research Role Profiles, meet all the essential criteria, and may meet some of the desirable criteria described below.

If you are consideringapplying for the Senior Research Associate post (Grade G) , you would be expected to meet the requirements of the Research Role Profiles, meet all the essential criteria, and have experience relevant to many of the desirable criteria described below

Responsibilities will include:

  • Modelling and simulation of energy systems (e.g. electrical, gas, heat) in general.
  • Development of profiles for load, generation, storage, and vehicle-to-building (V2B), in collaboration with other project researchers.
  • Development of network models, with smart control, that integrate load and generation assets.
  • Evaluation of the potential for assets to offer network services such as flexibility and resilience.
  • Dissemination of results through journal articles, conference presentations and industry seminars.
  • Managing of large research projects; keeping track of deadlines and deliverables, be responsible for reporting.
  • Attending project meetings and presenting the group’s work


  • Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Essential
  • •Skilled in using power systems modelling tools such as IPSA/MatLab/Design Builder to model complex power systems, buildings, and/or control;
  • •Experience in producing collaborative high quality research outputs, showing evidence of work of at least national significance;
  • •Experience in modelling and simulation of load profiles and energy systems, particularly multi-energy vector systems.


  • Essential for Senior Research Associate / Desirable for Research Associate
  • •Experience of managing a complex project, or multiple projects, as a work package leader, researcher co-investigator or effectively as principal investigator;
  • •Strong track record in journal publications which evidence work of international significance;
  • •Ability to prepare funding bids and proposals to support new research/business opportunities;
  • •Experience in power systems regulatory frameworks, markets and operations;
  • •Experience in energy system markets and relevant operations;
  • •Experience of uncertainty quantification in network analysis;
  • •Awareness of UK energy network structure and regulation
  • •In-depth subject knowledge in energy network modelling
  • •Advanced skills in research methodologies and techniques for energy network modelling


  • Attributes and Behaviour


  • Essential
  • •Helping other researchers in a team environment, supporting a wider research group with interpreting data, managing competing priorities and developing research skills;
  • •Commitment to instilling equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of your work, with a commitment to dignity and respect in the workplace.


  • Essential for Senior Research Associate / Desirable for Research Associate
  • •Ability to provide leadership to research teams and the potential to mentor junior research staff;
  • •Experience of supervising undergraduate and postgraduate student projects;
  • •The ability to work autonomously;
  • •High level of analytical and problem solving capacity;
  • •The ability to develop key client relationships and industrial links to support collaboration on research projects.



  • •PhD awarded in an area of research within energy systems, particularly in the areas of smart grids, buildings as virtual power plants, multi-vector network modelling or ancillary services provision
  • •Good underpinning degree in relevant field of science or engineering

Essential for Senior Research Associate / Desirable for Research Associate

  • •Evidence of Continued Professional Development

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

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