Research Associate – EEE (342167)




£32,817 to £39,151 per annum

Faculty of Engineering

FTE: 1.0 (35 hours per week)

Term: Fixed (36 months)

The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is seeking a highly motivated and skilled Research Associate in the area of power system monitoring, protection and control, ideally with background and experience in multi-energy systems. You will be a core part of a research team delivering a research programme funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), in conjunction with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) led by Professor Campbell Booth (Head of Department) and Dr Qiteng Hong (Strathclyde Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer). The research project is entitled “Resilient Future Urban Energy Systems Capable of Surviving in Extreme Events (RESCUE)”. This project is a consortium project, led by the University of Strathclyde for the UK-side of partnership, with partners including the University of Manchester, and supported by stakeholders including BELECTRIC, the Energy Networks Association, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), SP Energy Networks, ScottishPower Renewables and Synaptec. The Chinese academic partners are Tsinghua University and Xi’an Jiaotong University – two of the foremost universities in China and globally in the power and energy systems domains.

The project is concerned with enhancing the capability of future urban energy systems, which may operate in grid-connected, islanded or multiple-islanded modes, to survive in extreme and degraded conditions; when in islanded/multi-islanded mode. The energy systems would be expected to purely employ local energy and storage resources, ideally without compromising system resilience or security of supply. You will play a key role in the development of monitoring, protection and control schemes for assessing and enhancing the system resilience. You will apply advanced measurement and ICT techniques (e.g. distributed sensing techniques, phasor measurement units, etc.) and develop algorithms and models that are capable of real-time evaluation of the system’s resilience level, highlighting potential weakness and quantifying the risks facing the energy system. You will consider the radically different electrical system dynamics when interfaced with energy resources from other vectors, investigate the potential impact on power system behaviour (with a focus on protection systems), and contribute to the development of new protection and fault locating schemes that could mitigate any identified protection challenges.

You will have access to the world leading facilities at the University of Strathclyde (the dynamic power systems/microgrid laboratory and the Power Networks Demonstration Centre) to test and refine developed methodologies in a realistic environment. There will be international travel involved in the role (assuming relaxation of any travel restrictions that may be in place due to Covid-19).

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level in the area of power system monitoring, protection and control – ideally with experience on multi-vector and future energy systems, and/or have significant relevant industrial experience in these areas in addition to a relevant first or Master’s degree. You will need to be able to conduct individual research work, disseminate results in top international conferences and journal publications. You will also have an ability to work within a team environment and supervise the work of others.

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