Research Associate in Whole Energy System Modelling



£33,797 to £40,322

The School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh is seeking to recruit a highly motivated engineer or scientist for a post-doctoral research associate position in Whole Energy System Modelling for the decarbonisation of heating and cooling. The successful candidate will develop holistic energy system models in collaboration with experts in geological, electrical and thermal engineering as well as economists and social scientists. These models will support technical, policy and regulatory developments in the decarbonisation of heating.

The role is one of four RA positions in the EPSRC funded INTEGRATE project (Integrating seasonal Thermal storage with multiple energy sources to decarbonise Thermal Energy) which is a collaboration between the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Hull. The successful candidate will work alongside a multi-disciplinary team to combine efforts and provide solutions towards the decarbonisation of heating and cooling. The project is supported by nine industrial partners, which cover every aspect of the proposed work, and two leading, international research institutions which are at the forefront of renewable heating research.

The INTEGRATE project will evaluate the potential of Seasonal Thermal Energy Storage (STES) systems to facilitate the decarbonisation of heating and cooling while at the same time providing flexibility services for the future net-zero energy system. It considers STES systems as a vital part of a future zero carbon energy system. We will evaluate the interplay between regulation and market frameworks, heating/cooling demands, energy storage systems and different energy sources and will design integrated STES systems. This is a first step towards developing a truly low carbon heating and cooling system that provides affordable, flexible and reliable thermal energy for the customers while also improving the utilisation of the grid infrastructure and integration of renewable generation assets and other heat sources.

Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 per annun
Closing date is 7 August 2020 at 5pm GMT.
Vacancy Ref: 052516
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