Research Associate in Power Systems Engineering, University of Manchester, UK

University of Manchester
Research Associate
Study in:UK
Deadline: 30 Nov 2017

Research Associate in Power Systems Engineering

Closing Date : 30/11/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : Available from 1 January 2018 until 13 December 2019
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Division : Power and Energy
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : £31,604 to £38,833 per annum, depending on experience
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-10943

This is a unique opportunity for a post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) to work on the recently RCUK funded £8m “DAMS 2.0: Design and Assessment of resilient and sustainable interventions in water-energy-food-environment Mega-Systems” under the umbrella of 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. Dams2.0 is a multi-disciplinary consortium of a large number of leading universities in UK (including University of Manchester, Cambridge and University College London (UCL)) and organizations worldwide, including amongst other the World Bank (WB), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

One of the key missions of the Dams2.0 project is to provide transformative research and knowledge on how new dams and systems of new and existing dams are assessed, selected, designed and operated to provide water, food, and energy security for all. Within this context, you will work on the design and development of a system of systems integrated simulator which connects state-of-the-art energy and water models with decision-making and optimization techniques to model historical and future dam and hydropower infrastructure scenarios at basin/regional scale. This will include energy system planning under uncertainty to account for possible aspects that may affect these scenarios, for example, water availability and future climate conditions, and stochastic optimization techniques (e.g. real options models) applied to energy system planning. This altogether will provide robust, resilient and adaptive guidance about interventions in the complex energy-water systems. The case studies for applying this integrated assessment and decision-making framework include regions in Africa, Middle East and Asia.

You will be based in the Power and Energy Division of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and should possess a PhD in electrical power engineering. You will collaborate with a team of world-leading water engineers from the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE), University of Manchester, led by Professor Julien Harou, as well as with the other academic, industrial and organization partners of the Dams2.0 project.

The School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering 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. 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 the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Mathaios Panteli


Tel: 0161 306 4654

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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