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Research Associate in Digital Power Systems (x 2 posts)

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Job Title:Research Associate in Digital Power Systems (x 2 posts)
Contract Type: (applicable if not open-ended)Fixed-term for 48 months to start as soon as possible.
Working Pattern: (applicable if fractional, specify days if a business requirement)Full time
Faculty: (if applicable)Faculty of Engineering
Department:Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
Location: (applicable if not main campus)Amy Johnson Building, Sheffield
Salary:Grade 7 £35,333 to £39,745 per annum.
Closing Date:15 March 2023

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Are you Interested in working for a world top 100 university and a UK Russell Group university? We are seeking to appoint two long-term Postdoctoral Research Associates (PDRAs) in digital power systems. You will play a key role in developing the advanced digital technologies to improve the control, monitoring and operation of future power systems with up to 100% renewable energy. You will be expected to work in the multidisciplinary fields of digitalisation including cyber-physical, power, energy, information and computing. You will be a part of team to develop the cyber-physical power system modelling methods and real-time digital simulation tools, with novel applications of cyber-security, machine learning and digital twins to the power and energy systems.

The two PDRA posts (PDRA1, PDRA2), each for four years, are funded by the prestigious UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowship on ‘Digitalisation of Electrical Power and Energy Systems Operation’. You will be part of seven years’ Fellowship programme to develop as potential future research leaders in the digitalisation of power and energy systems. Due to the nature and importance of this UKRI funded programme, the successful candidates associated with this post may be eligible to apply ‘Global Talent Visa’ in the UK.

Applicants should have a PhD (or near completion) in power systems, power electronics, cyber-physical systems, computer science, information and communications technology or related fields. The programme of work requires a range of skills and knowledge across the boundaries of power system engineering, information technology and computing theory. Specifically:

PDRA1 will work on cyber-physical power system modelling. PDRA1 requires specialist skills in power system modelling and analysis, control and modelling of power electronics, energy system modelling, information and communications technology, with PhD qualifications in Power Systems Engineering, Communication Engineering or a closely related discipline.

PDRA2 will work on digital simulation platforms development in the lab. PDRA2 requires specialist skills in the design and development of experimental high-performance computing and data platforms, real-time digital simulators for power and energy systems, with PhD in Computer Science or Information Systems and significant experience in these areas.

The two PDRA posts are based in the Sheffield Control and Power System Lab (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/department/facilities/control-and-power-systems-lab), led by Prof Xin Zhang as the Chair in Control and Power Systems. We are part of the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) within Sheffield Engineering Faculty. Sheffield Engineering Faculty is constantly ranked within Top 5 in UK engineering research, and No.2 for engineering research funding. Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) is the largest Control and Systems Engineering Department in Europe. We deliver world-leading, high-impact research in the control of power systems, energy, transport and aerospace, as well as manufacturing. Strategic partnerships with industry such as Rolls-Royce (University Technology Centre), Siemens, Airbus and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

The preferred start date is May 2023. Applicants with later start dates are still encouraged to apply. For informal enquiries about this job and the recruiting department, contact: Prof Xin Zhang on [email protected]

Research Associate in Transport and Power Systems

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Job Title:Research Associate in Transport and Power Systems
Contract Type: (applicable if not open-ended)Fixed-term for 30 months to start from 1 May 2023
Working Pattern: (applicable if fractional, specify days if a business requirement)Full time
Faculty: (if applicable)Faculty of Engineering
Department:Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
Location: (applicable if not main campus)Amy Johnson Building, Sheffield
Salary:Grade 7 £35,333 to £39,745 per annum.
Closing Date:15 March 2023

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Are you Interested in working for a world top 100 university and a Russell Group university in the UK? We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in transport and power systems. You will play a key role in modelling and integration of transport electrification into electrical power systems. You will be expected to work in the interdisciplinary research fields of power, energy and transport systems. You will be a part of team to explore the novel concept of ‘Aviation-to-Grid’, by developing the multiscale system modelling and integration methods between electrified air transport and electrical power systems. A novel application of this research is to unlock the energy flexibility that electrified air transport can provide to the power grid.

This PDRA post is funded by the EPSRC New Investigator Award project ‘Aviation-to-Grid: Grid flexibility through multiscale modelling and integration of power systems with electrified air transport’. This is an exciting research project with strong collaboration that brings together the leading partners from academia and industry, including the power system operators, airport operators, transport policy as well as the two EPSRC academic communities in energy networks and transport electrification.

Applicants should have a PhD (or near completion) in power systems, transport, aerospace propulsion, electrical engineering or a closely related discipline. The programme of work requires a range of skills and knowledge across the boundaries of power system engineering, air transport modelling, computer simulation and laboratory demonstration.

Specifically, this PDRA will develop models and tools for power system modelling and analysis, with strong motivation to extend their work in transport modelling and electrification technologies. For example, the PDRA will be expected to work on airport energy systems modelling, electric propulsion and energy management strategies, multiscale modelling and integration of transport-power systems, grid flexibility quantification and cost-benefit analysis, as well as the demonstration in a simulation platform with case studies.

The PDRA post is based in the Sheffield Control and Power System Lab (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/department/facilities/control-and-power-systems-lab), led by Prof Xin Zhang as the Chair in Control and Power Systems. We are part of the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) within Sheffield Engineering Faculty. Sheffield Engineering Faculty is constantly ranked within Top 5 in UK engineering research, and No.2 for engineering research funding. Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) is the largest Control and Systems Engineering Department in Europe. We deliver world-leading, high-impact research in the control of power systems, energy, transport and aerospace, as well as manufacturing. Strategic partnerships with industry such as Rolls-Royce (University Technology Centre), Siemens, Airbus and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). The preferred start date is 1 May 2023. Applicants with later start dates are still encouraged to apply. For informal enquiries about this job and the recruiting department, contact: Prof Xin Zhang on [email protected]