Research Associate in Power Systems/Powers Systems Economics (Up to 2 posts available)

Job Reference : S&E-11105
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 03/01/2018
Salary : £31,604 to £38,833 per annum according to experience
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Hours Per week : Full time
Contract Duration : 1 February 2018 until 30 September 2018

This PDAR position is a unique and exciting opportunity for the development of techno-economic assessments of new planning and operating approaches for future energy networks in a Smart Grid context. In fact, energy networks have been traditionally designed planned and operated on the basis that all components (Lines and Cables) are the same and thus they are treated equally within the network planning.

However, with the evolution of Smart Grids and the increased integration of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) new approaches towards network operation and planning are emerging. In particular, one of the possible approaches is for network operators to utilise the real-time network information and specific component design characteristics (materials and operating temperatures) into an integrated robust optimisation that takes into account the risk of individual component ageing due to temporary overloading operation and willingness for harvesting the flexibility provided by smart technologies. The outputs of this project will help reduce the investment risk of existing network reinforcement, ensuring resilience against long-term uncertainties which is one of the grand research challenges in grid operation.

This project is part of the HubNet Consortium funded by the EPSRC. Its diverse multi-pronged programme aims at driving forward ground breaking research which will highlight the route by which future energy networks will develop to a low carbon energy system and economy. You will be supervised in the School of EEE and will be working in a multi-disciplinary team (materials), interact with other students and researchers from other top universities in the UK, and attend regular meetings, workshops and training courses.

Candidate eligibility

You should have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with demonstrable knowledge of power systems planning & operation as well as reliability concepts,  and have good programming skills. Good communication skills (oral and written) in English are required. You should have a good publication track record and be capable of preparing proposals and grant applications to external bodies. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and leading a small research team, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

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 Konstantinos Kopsidas


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01618502004

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

Further Particulars:


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.