Research Fellow in Virtual Power Plants with Energy Storage

School/department: School of Engineering and Informatics, Department of Engineering and Design
Hours: full time
Contract: fixed term for 8 months
Reference:  2461
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on: 21 August 2017
Closing date:  20 September 2017.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: 02 October 2017
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

The project, “Electrical and thermal storage optimisation in a Virtual Power Plant”, as funded by the UK Government (Innovate UK) through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, is now looking to hire someone for a research position.

The aim of the project is to develop and test techniques for combined aggregation of electrical and thermal energy storage devices in Virtual Power Plants, for offering energy services to system operators and participating in energy-related markets.

You will work on techno-economical aspects of electrical and thermal storage aggregation, develop hardware & software for energy storage control and optimisation, run laboratory tests and present the results in research publications.

You will play an active role in the development of exciting research activities within the Future Energy and Transport (FET) Laboratory, which is part of the School’s Dynamics, Control and Vehicle (DCV) Research Group. You will engage with a wide network of leading academics and industrialists in the UK, the EU and worldwide.

The School is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and currently holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in science and engineering at Sussex. The University offers various schemes to provide real benefits to parents.

A PhD or relevant experience in energy storage, power systems or a closely related discipline is a distinct advantage. Knowledge of programming is essential. Informal enquiries are welcome and can be made to the Principal Investigator, Dr Spyros Skarvelis-Kazakos (e-mail:

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