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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Power Systems Engineering – EPSRC TERSE Project
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-13407

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 26/02/2019

Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 per annum (according to relevant experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: 2 years from commencement of contract

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate for an outstanding and ambitious engineer to undertake research within the recently awarded £1.2m “Techno-Economic framework for Resilient and Sustainable Electrification (TERSE)” project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). GCRF is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. The TERSE project is led by The University of Manchester and it is a multi-disciplinary consortium of lead Universities from United Kingdom, China and Malaysia.

The key ambition of the TERSE project is to develop an innovative, integrated techno-economic framework for supporting decision-making and planning of sustainable, cost-effective and resilient energy infrastructure in developing countries and beyond. Within this context, you will work on the design and development of novel distributed energy resources (DER) solutions (such as on grid-connected and off-grid microgrids and community-based energy systems) for providing energy network sustainability as well as resilience to natural hazards, particularly in rural and isolated regions in developing countries. You will also develop innovative stochastic optimization models under uncertainty for network and DER portfolio planning and adaptation based on cost, sustainability and resilience multi-criteria analysis. Uncertainties in these challenging environments include for example the frequency and severity of natural (e.g. climate change-driven) hazards, local resources availability, DER options and demand growth. The developed tools will be applied and validated in identified regions in China and Malaysia, in close collaboration with and strong support by the local academic and industrial project partners. The ultimate goal will be to provide engineering recommendations for resilient and sustainable network planning, design and operation based on techno-economic factors that consider the needs of the local project partners and communities, while being of generic applicability and validity to developing countries worldwide. 

You will be based in the Power and Energy Division of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester.

The University will actively foster a culture of inclusion and diversity and will seek to achieve true equality of opportunity for all members of its community.

The School 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. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Mathaios Panteli or Prof Pierluigi Mancarella

Email: or

General enquiries:


Tel:      0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel:      0161 850 2004

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

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