Research Associate in Optimisation Modelling
Imperial College London Department of Chemical Engineering
United Kingdom

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering invites application for a Research Assistant/Associate to contribute to a core work package in the NEUPA project (Network headroom, engineering upgrades and public acceptance (NEUPA): Connecting engineering for heat system change to consumers and citizens), aimed at filling significant information gaps associated with the capacity of local energy distribution networks (gas, electricity and heat) to...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01357
  • Date posted 6 August 2020
  • Closing date 6 September 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £35,477 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering invites application for a Research Assistant/Associate to contribute to a core work package in the NEUPA project (Network headroom, engineering upgrades and public acceptance (NEUPA): Connecting engineering for heat system change to consumers and citizens), aimed at filling significant information gaps associated with the capacity of local energy distribution networks (gas, electricity and heat) to deliver energy for low carbon heating and cooling. A key consideration is the nature of any constraints on the capacity of local networks, in particular the ability to deliver energy needed to meet peak demands. NEUPA is explicitly focused on this 'last mile' of infrastructure and combines engineering evaluation and constraint modelling with social science insights from public engagement with proposed heating solutions and their associated disruption.

Duties and responsibilities

Your day-to-day responsibilities will be to develop and apply optimisation modelling, and develop and synthesise the scenarios that this model produces. This will include refining model input assumptions, designing specific scenarios, interpreting results and ensuring they are communicated in a clear and policy-relevant manner. You will also be involved in engaging in the wider community of modellers across the world (e.g. via the Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme).

Essential requirements

You will have a PhD (or equivalent) in an area relevant to energy modelling, modelling, or research software development. You will also have experience in energy systems modelling and the use of optimisation software. Knowledge regarding the nature of climate change, its causes and possible solutions is essential as is knowledge regarding the principles of numerical modelling applied within a scientific, engineering or economic context.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 – £38,566 per annum.

The post is available from 1st October 2020 for 24 months in the first instance, with the possibility of extension. The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr. Adam Hawkes (a.hawkes@imperial.ac.uk)..

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Closing Date: Midnight on Sunday 06 September 2020

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact chemeng.staffing@imperial.ac.uk.

For technical issues when applying online, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.  http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research/

 


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