Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
£38,473 - £43,155
15 May 2023
End of advertisement period
05 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Are you an experienced Researcher with specialist skills in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Smart Grids looking for an opportunity to join the UK's first modern research-intensive University? We are looking for a Research Fellow in AI for Net Zero.


The post holder will work on a specific EPSRC-funded research project entitled “Virtual Power Plant with Artificial Intelligence for Resilience and Decarbonisation (VPP-WARD)”. The project will require an understanding of AI methods/tools, virtual power plant, smart grids, distributed energy resources, testbed and method verification. Responsibilities include:

  • To conduct individual and/or collaborative research under the guidance of the Principal Investigator and the Co-Investigators where appropriate also, in line with the focus of the research project developing innovative AI methods/tools for facilitating virtual power plants in smart grids.
  • To develop a joint testbed for validating AI solutions in the project’s complementary laboratories. The post holder will work in the Northumbria’s New and Renewable Energy Lab which is well equipped with an Opal-RT simulator and microgrid equipment. Experience in software programme and simulation, e.g., using Matlab, AI tools, OPAL-RT, or Real-Time Digital Simulator is needed.
  • To design novel autonomous energy coordinators for optimising the operation of virtual power plants via aggregating and managing many diverse distributed energy resources, including providing corrective measures against extreme events.
  • To produce research reports and/or publications as required by the funding body or for dissemination to the wider academic /industrial community.
  • To attend, contribute, and where necessary lead, relevant meetings, and engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which you are engaged in for relevant research stakeholders in the respective appropriate form.

This post is for a fixed term until the funding end-date of 31/03/2025. The ideal start date for the successful applicant is as soon as possible.

This Research Project is being delivered within the Department of Mathematics Physics and Electrical Engineering in the Electrical Power and Control Systems Research Group. For more information about the Department please visit the homepage at: .

Applicants must hold a first degree and should be either qualified or soon to be qualified to Doctoral level in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, or similar disciplines. 

Further information about the requirements of the role is available in the person specification

 If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Dr Jing Jiang (

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now'.  Your application should include a covering letter and a CV. Please also provide up to 3 representative publications (PDF format) relevant to the requirements set out above.

Northumbria University is committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our staff.  We encourage and welcome applications from all members of the community.  We welcome applications from the UK and across the world.  

The University has implemented a range of flexible working arrangements, and we are happy to explore candidate requirements as part of the recruitment process.