Research & Development Engineer (325994)




£32,817 to £40,322

The Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC), part of the University of Strathclyde (Times Higher Education Awards University of the Year 2019 and Scottish University of the Year 2020), wishes to appoint a Research and Development Engineer to research, develop, test and demonstrate technologies for electrification of transport and energy storage in the utility and transportation sectors.

The successful candidate will work as part of a growing team on a wide range of technical projects, with a particular emphasis on experimental validation and testing. The postholder will be expected to lead on and contribute to high value industrial funding proposals, in addition to working with the PNDC’s industrial partners, with a strong focus on knowledge exchange.

Opportunities for innovation are extensive, through the strong working relationship and routes to market afforded by the PNDC’s industry members and commercial engagements. This will be supplemented with collaborative opportunities with other research and industry teams in the UK and abroad.

The PNDC offers a dynamic and varied environment, providing the opportunity to be involved in leading edge work within the energy sector. As part of the University of Strathclyde, the PNDC can offer a wide range of benefits to the post holder, including a generous holiday entitlement, pension scheme, and discounts to the state-of-the-art Strathclyde Sport gym and leisure facilities. The University also currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

To achieve the above, the R&D Engineer will require significant research and/or industrial experience in at least two of the following technical areas:

a) Smart charging strategies and control techniques;

b) Vehicle to Grid (V2G) and the provision of ancillary services to the grid;

c) Grid integration of EV charging and Energy Storage Systems;

d) EV charging backend systems and data;

e) Grid scale and behind-the-meter Energy Storage System technologies;

f) DER grid services including flexibility and wholesale markets;

g) Energy data analysis and management.

With a first degree and PhD in an appropriate discipline, or with relevant industrial experience, you will have an established track record in providing engineering solutions in an industrial context, and experience in knowledge exchange. You will have the ability to work autonomously and to plan and prioritise your own workload with minimal inputs from higher management, in addition to experience of project planning and delivery. In addition, you will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to interact with a range of stakeholders from industry and academia.

Please apply here.