Research Associate – Marine Renewables/ Tidal Energy

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
£31604 - £38833
20 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Associate – Marine Renewables/ Tidal Energy

Department  Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (
Faculty  Faculty of Engineering (
Staff Category    Research
Reference No    145554
Reports To    The Head of Department, through the ESRU Director
Grade:    7
Salary Range:    £31604 - £38833
Contract Type:    Fixed Term (24 months)
FTE:    1
Closing Date    Sunday, 19 August 2018

There are great aspirations for marine renewables to make a major contribution to the UK’s future energy mix. However due to the extreme nature of the marine environment there are many challenges to be addressed before this can become a reality. In order for this to be realised, one of the main challenges relates to the development and production of robust, durable and economically viable marine energy converters in order that the energy generated is cost competitive with other forms of renewable energy technologies. 

A Research Associate is sought to join the Energy Systems Research Unit (ESRU) team undertaking UKRI and EC marine renewables research in the area of tidal energy. The focus of which will be to develop better understanding of the dynamic components making up the tidal flow, how this impacts on the power capture performance of tidal turbines, investigate how this informs new power capture and conversion practices, and development of cost effective solutions to be employed in marine energy converters, in order to overcome the major engineering challenges associated in scaling up the size of future devices to be deployed.

As a Research Associate you will interact and liaise with an existing team of researchers within the Energy Systems Research Unit, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and with researchers and co-investigators from leading international research groups collaborating in these research projects. You will engage in the analytical and physical modelling of unsteady tidal flows and evaluate the impact of this on the power capture, conversion and take-off interfaces of tidal turbines when configured within conventional set ups and new innovative approaches to spatial and engineering configurations. 

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level in an engineering or science discipline, or your will be educated to Degree level, with significant, relevant experience in a similar role. You will have demonstrable core strengths in engineering design, physical modelling, and/or computational tools used in the investigation of fluid-structure interactions and mechanical analysis. You will have an ability to plan and organise your own workload, with an ability to conduct individual research work, disseminate results and prepare journal/ conference papers and contribute to new research proposals. Additionally, you will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to engage with a range of stakeholders from both industry and academia. You will have an ability to listen, engage and inform, as well as present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences while also being able to work as part of a team.

Whilst not essential for the role, applications are welcomed from candidates with experience of designing, prototyping and developing testing procedures specifically for marine renewable devices.

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