Research Fellow in Renewable Energy Integration and Smart Grid (104072 – 0621)



£30,942 to £40,322 per annum

Fixed Term Contract – September 2021 for 2 years

36.5 hours per week

The School of Engineering is seeking to appoint a full-time Research Fellow working on renewable energy integration and power system modelling including wind energy, smart grid and energy storage systems. You will respond to evolving research requirements in this field and also anticipate future needs such as producing novel algorithms to enhance the operation and stability of future power systems with a high share of renewable generation. You will also be expected to undertake collaborative research with other researchers in the lab in the development of control approaches for renewable generation, to provide a range of ancillary services facilitating their integration and enhance the stability of the power systems.

The lab offers state of the art facilities for Renewable Energy Integration & Smart Grid projects including renewable energy sources, a battery energy storage system, a number of fully reprogrammable bidirectional emulators, and an Opal-RT real-time simulator.

You will undertake independent and collaborative research with other PDRAs and PhD students and will be expected to write up your research for publications. You will be expected to deal with any management/administration problems that may arise from the project and produce journal and conference publications ensuring that the project objectives and deadlines are met.

It is essential that you have a good honours degree and a PhD (or expect to be awarded the PhD shortly) in the fields of Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, and Machine Learning. You are expected to have a developed research profile with the ability to publish high-quality research outputs and will be able to contribute to the development of funding proposals. You are expected to have excellent IT skills including a demonstrable ability to use IT to write technical research papers and make presentations. You are also required to be an excellent communicator with strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills.

You should have a strong and proven experience in at least two of the following areas: power systems, renewable energy integration, smart grid, machine learning, control engineering, and energy trading. You should have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work well within a team.

The successful candidate need have prior experience in Opal-RT real-time simulator and in performing power hardware-in-loop experiments to develop and test new technologies and control methods for integration of renewables into modern power systems.

The University aims to promote work life balance for all employees, and the School of Engineering will consider a range of possible flexible working arrangements in order to recruit the best candidate.

This post is expected to start as soon as possible with a fixed-term contract of two years. There is a possibility for an extension. For an informal discussion of this opportunity, please contact Prof. Xiaowei Zhao at

Interview Date – TBC

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role can be found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick’s jobs pages. You will be routed to this when you click here.