Research Associate: Household Supplier Energy Market

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

Research Associate: Household Supplier Energy Market

Job number  ACAD102955
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

This is an open-ended position within the Computer Science Department at the University of Bristol. You will join a major programme of research on studying the transformation of energy systems through innovative software technologies, specifically distributed ledger technologies.
The post is part of the EPSRC-funded HoSEM (Household Supplier Energy Market) project. The project aims to study the disruptive potential of distributed ledger technologies (DLT) in democratising the energy market through household-level peer-to-peer energy trading. HoSEM will develop a DLT platform for energy trading, provide novel insights into new business models resulting from peer-to-peer energy trading and their socio-economic impact, and study the factors that engender trust in individuals and communities towards such a market.
You will conduct an in-depth research into requirements elicitation of the new business models (including regulatory, business, and consumer requirements) and market structures as well as modelling, agent-based simulation, and user studies for evaluation of such alternative business models and market structures. Accordingly, you will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in Software Engineering, HCI, Computer Science, or a closely related discipline; have good experience of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis techniques; and interest and ability to carry out user studies.
You will collaborate with the project team as well as the industrial and community partners. These include research engineers at EDF Energy, working on the blockchain-based platform development for the energy trading, and human aspects of security (University of Bristol) and psychology researchers (University of Exeter) working on topics of individual and group trust for community energy trading.
This post is being offered on a full time, open-ended contract with funding available for up to 18 months.
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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