Research Associate in Refactoring Energy Systems

Bristol City of Bristol (GB)
23 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
27 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Associate in Refactoring Energy Systems

Job number  ACAD102954
Division/School  Merchant Venturers' School of Engineering
Contract type  Open ended contract staff
Working pattern  Full time
Salary  £32,548 - £36,613
Closing date for applications  27-Nov-2017

You will join a major programme of research on studying the transformation of energy systems through innovative software technologies, specifically distributed ledger technologies (DLT).
The post is part of the EPSRC-funded RES (Refactoring Energy Systems) project, motivated by the dramatic changes within the current energy system. Where once only a few major power producers delivered energy to the whole country, today every household can supply energy into the grid, communities and businesses may wish to ascertain energy self-sufficiency, but also expect to rely on the main grid as provider of the last resource, etc.

As the technical and participant variety in the energy system grows, the system's architecture can no longer remain uniform for the whole country. Instead, each community should be able to identify the best way that its energy system could be structured and take planned steps towards achieving and maintaining this optimal structure. 
This project aims to develop foundations for refactoring the UK’s energy system into an alternative modular, distributed, decentralised system-of-systems, enabled through a software platform for data collection and analysis. Your primary research will focus on development of this platform, utilizing distributed ledger technology (blockchain) and cloud computing solutions, addressing platform scalability concerns and researching into its security and privacy aspects.
Accordingly, you will have (or be close to completing) a PhD in Computer Science or a closely related discipline; process excellent programing skills; have research focus on topics related to decentralised distributed systems and cloud computing.
You will collaborate with the project team as well as the industrial and community partners. These include research engineers at EDF Energy, researchers on privacy and security at the University of Bristol, and community energy groups.
This post is offered on a full time, open-ended contract, with funding for up to 3 years with a possible extension, starting as soon as possible.
Informal enquiries should be addressed to: Dr. Ruzanna Chitchyan, the Principal Investigator of the project, email:
It is anticipated that interviews will take place the week commencing 11th December 2017.

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