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Research Associate in Vehicle-to-Grid Technologies

Engineering & Applied Science

Salary:  £32,548 to £34,520 per annum
Grade:  Grade 08
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (12 months, potential for extension to 18 months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 13 May 2018
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  R180197

The School of Engineering and Applied Science has a focus on designing and delivering professionally relevant programmes and research informed teaching to help to prepare our graduates to enter and impact industry. Our optional paid professional placement year allows our students to exploit our connections with business and industry, and put theory into practice in real world scenarios.

The Power Electronics, Machines and Power Systems (PEMPS) research group is seeking to appoint a full-time Research Associate to work on an InnovateUK-funded project on Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technologies. You will join the PEMPS and will be working at the cutting edge of V2G technologies and their industrial applications. Specifically, you will undertake independent and collaborative research and will be expected to write up research findings for publications. You will be expected to develop an Electric Vehicle battery life prediction model considering V2G application scenarios and analyse grid impacts such as power quality issues. You will also be required to assume managerial responsibilities within the project “VehIcle-to-Grid Intelligent controL (VIGIL)”, and produce deliverables ensuring that the project objectives and deadlines are met. 

It is essential that you have a good honours degree and a PhD (or expected to be awarded the PhD shortly) in Electric Vehicles, battery life and performance modelling and analysis, Smart Grid, or relevant fields. You should have experiences working with professional system simulation software packages and relevant application toolbox development, e.g. MATLAB. Proven professional software simulation/programming and dataset management and analysis experiences would be advantageous. The ability to conduct independent research and to work as a member of a research team is essential. Prior experience in administration of research projects, and organising workshops and other events would also be advantageous. 

This post is for a fixed term of 12 months, with the potential for extension for a further 6-month period. For informal discussion of this opportunity, please contact Dr Jin Yang at

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