Research Assistant/Associate in Generation Integrated Energy Storage (Fixed Term) University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering United Kingdom

Research Assistant/Associate in Generation Integrated Energy Storage (Fixed Term)


A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on thermodynamic and other technical aspects of a range of energy storage technologies. The project is part of a larger, collaborative project entitled 'Grid Integrated Energy Storage (GIES) - A Paradigm Shift', led by Nottingham University and involving Leeds, Birmingham and Cambridge Universities. This consortium also has links to various industrial partners - such as Rolls Royce, EDF, National Grid and Highview - and other academic institutions worldwide. The concept of GIES challenges the conventional view of 'standalone' electricity storage devices and, as the name suggests, incorporates storage into the electricity generation process, thereby reducing the number of inefficient energy transformations and obviating the need for additional, costly power conversion equipment. The overarching aim is to determine what role will be played by GIES systems in future energy infrastructure, and to set out what fundamentals are required for these systems to be successful in both technical and economic terms. The component of this project that will be based in Central Cambridge focuses on thermodynamic (and other engineering) analysis of energy storage and energy delivery systems.


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The candidate will have obtained a PhD (or be close to obtaining) in the area of thermodynamics. Other skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role include expertise in thermodynamic, heat transfer and/or fluid flow analysis; knowledge of energy storage technologies; experience in developing mathematical and numerical models; ability to work as part of a team with excellent communication skills.


Salary: Research Assistant: £25,298 - £30,175; Research Associate: £30,175 - 38,183


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.


Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.


Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date. If you have any questions of a technical nature, please contact Dr Alex White (, and if they concern the application process, please contact Mrs Kate Graham (


Please quote reference NM12352 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


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