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Research Associate in Electrical Power Take-off for Wave Energy
Sackville Street, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-017064

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 20/07/2021

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Fixed term from 1 September 2021 until 30 August 2023

The University of Manchester has a strong history of research into wave energy. Proof-of-concept demonstrators for a multi-float wave energy platform, the ‘M4’ have been designed and tank-tested in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE). This 2-year post, which addresses the electrical power take-off, is based in the Power and Energy Division within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE). The Power and Energy Division specialises in high voltage technologies, energy networks, renewable energy, power conversion/electrical drives and power electronics and is the largest UK academic group in this area, with a long-standing international reputation for power engineering.

This collaborative project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and led by Queen Mary University, London, in partnership with the Universities of Exeter and Manchester. The objective of the research program is to develop and test optimal control algorithms and design procedures in order to minimise the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) for a multi-channel wave energy converter, considering multidirectional waves and wave-to-wire energy capture.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated research assistant looking for a challenging opportunity in renewable energy drivetrains, who can communicate and work collaboratively with the academic partners in the consortium. The applicant will have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant degree and/or relevant equivalent experience. Relevant practical experience of testing on electrical drives, converters or supercapacitor energy storage systems is essential.

The School of is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit.              

Happy to talk flexible working.

Blended working arrangements may be considered      

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Judith Apsley, Power & Energy Division


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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