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Senior Power Systems Researcher, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
£38,845.91 - £47,478.34 per annum
Closing date
7 Dec 2023

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Applications are invited for a **Temporary **post of a Senior Power Systems Researcher within UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

We are seeking to hire a Senior Power Systems Researcher to join as a member of the research team to focus on the development of techno-economic component models and parameters for an array of storage technologies for inclusion within Spine toolbox. Large-scale storage should be represented in some detail and will be connected to individual network nodes, while small-scale storage technologies will be aggregated to at least city level, or NUTS2 level (recognising the potential diversity in user profiles). Interactions with various energy vectors will be recognised, e.g. methane / hydrogen storage with gas pipelines, and residential storage with energy consumer models. Seasonal weather patterns will also impact the operation of thermal storage and hydro-related storage.

The post forms part of a multi-partner project based on existing state-of-the-art tools including SpineOpt and Spine Toolbox. SpineOpt is a comprehensive open-source energy system optimisation tool for medium to long-term grid and system planning, while Spine Toolbox offers extensive capabilities for data, scenario and workflow management relevant for energy system modelling. The advanced capabilities will be demonstrated through an industrial case (with detailed sector-specific physics) and Pan-European case (resilient pathways). The overall tool will include 1) component tools to produce all necessary energy system data; 2) system tool to manage data, scenarios and modelling workflows, to visualise data and to maintain datasets in multi-user environment without losing track of changes; 3) planning tool to optimise all energy sectors in detail, including sector specific physics and highly flexible representation of temporal, spatial and technological aspects.

In addition, how the generation and storage portfolio for a power system should evolve as part of decarbonisation efforts will be investigated, focussing, in particular, on the nature of the system services required for secure operation, as well as the likely technologies providing those services. The economic viability of individual technologies will be assessed by examining operational schedules for different technologies, and considering the potential revenue streams for different future scenarios on different timescales, using a sequential (least regrets) investment approach aimed at minimising the combined investment and operational cost.

A wide range of skills and expertise is therefore essential: modelling of diverse storage technologies, power system operation & control, optimisation and stochastic methods, strong programming and simulation skills, cost benefit analysis, etc.

The post is funded by the EU Horizon Europe Mopo (Comprehensive, fast, user-friendly and thoroughly validated open-source energy system planning framework) project, and the SFI NexSys (Next Generation Energy Systems) project, which is a strategic research partnership aimed at decarbonising the Irish energy sector. The successful applicant will work closely with other full-time researchers at UCD on both projects.

The post duration is initially of 2 years duration, with the potential to be extended by up to one further year, subject to SFI (research body funder) confirmation.

Salary Range: €45,000 - €55,000 per annum

Appointment on the above range will be made commensurate with qualification and experience.

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 7th of December 2023.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.

Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website:


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