Research Associate in Marine Energy

1. Job Details

Job title: Research Associate in Marine Energy

School/Support Department: School of Engineering

Unit (if applicable): Institute for Energy Systems

Line manager: Henry Jeffrey

3. Main Responsibilities

  1. Engaging and building relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders in the UK, Europe and beyond and working as part of a team to coordinate input into technology strategy and policy projects. (Approx % of time [10 %])

  2. Undertaking analytical research in contribution to a number of national, European and international marine energy R&D projects such as WaveBoost, ETIP Ocean, MaRINET2, ETIP Ocean 2, DTOceanPlus and Wave Energy Scotland funded cost of energy assessment projects. This work may include, but is not limited to: technology analysis; development & deployment roadmap studies; investigation of commercialisation pathways; ocean array modelling; and techno-economic analysis. 
    (Approx % of time [60 %])

  3. Supporting the production of high quality publications that synthesize technical and policy information for specialist and general audiences. (Approx % of time [10% of time])

  4. Co-supervising a range of undergraduate and postgraduate students who undertake research projects in the field of marine energy policy, innovation and strategy. (Approx % of time [10 % of time])

  5. Working within a team to develop proposals for R&D project funding at national, European and international levels. (Approx % of time [10 % of time])

4. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

• Good first degree in engineering or related area 
• Appropriate relevant professional experience 
• Experience in renewable energy, policy, innovation and strategy 
• Experience in renewable energy cost analysis, particularly Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE) 
• Experience working with and coordinating national and multinational teams 
• Firm understanding of the energy sector. 
• Excellent communication and writing skills. 
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team. 
• Proven analytical capabilities demonstrated through the production of reports. 
• Good interpersonal skills

10. Job Context and any other relevant information

This Research Associate will work on a wide variety of marine energy projects. This will include supporting the preparation and coordination of a range of research activities and meetings. Additionally, this role will carry out general day to day tasks including consultation work on national and international projects, and report writing.

The Policy and Innovation group contributes to a great many national, European and international projects involving stakeholders from research, academia, industry and governments. This Research Associate will work on many of these projects, examples of which include:

• ETIP Ocean 
• EERA Ocean Energy Joint Programme 
• WaveBoost 
• DTOceanPlus 
• ETIP Ocean 2 
• Techno-economic studies and analysis

Background to ETIP Ocean 
ETIP Ocean is the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Ocean Energy and is funded by the European Commission. It will provide a hub for knowledge sharing and collaboration across a diverse group of stakeholders in the marine energy sector. Through targeted knowledge sharing workshops, educational programmes, engagement activities and dissemination routes, ETIP Ocean will arrive at a thoroughly consulted and agreed upon multi-stakeholder vision for the ocean energy sector in Europe. This will include an examination of the priority barriers and challenges faced by the sector and guidance as to how these may be overcome on the path to commercialisation.

Background to the EERA Ocean Energy JP 
The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Ocean Energy Joint Programme (JP) is a network of the leading research institutions in the European ocean energy sector. Coordinated by the University of Edinburgh, the Ocean Energy JP works to align research objectives in the sector, thus encouraging multinational collaboration and ensuring that effort and resources are spent in the most efficient and effective manner.

Background to WaveBoost 
WaveBoost aims to provide a step-change improvement in the reliability and performance of power take-offs by developing and validating an innovative braking module with a Cyclic Energy Recovery System (CERS). This project, led by CorPower Ocean, will deliver a system that is expected to significantly reduce shock loads on wave energy converters, increase AEP by 25% and reduce LCOE by over 30% as compared to the state of the art.

Background to MaRINET2 
MaRINET2, the Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network, is composed of 39 organisations who collaborate to progress offshore renewable energy technologies in Europe. It aims to accelerate the development of wave, tidal and offshore wind energy technologies and infrastructure by opening up access to 57 test facilities across 13 European countries. The project is now in its second iteration, and it is supported by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.

Background to TIPA 
Coordinated by Nova Innovation, the TIPA project will design, build and test an innovative direct drive power take-off solution for tidal turbines. The aim of the project is to reduce the lifetime cost of tidal power by 20%, demonstrated by accelerated life testing of this next generation power take-off.

Background to DTOceanPlus 
DTOceanPlus will accelerate the development of the Ocean Energy sector by developing and demonstrating a suite of 2nd generation advanced design tools for the selection, development and deployment of ocean energy systems (including sub-systems, energy capture devices and arrays), aligning innovation and development processes with those used in mature engineering sectors

Background to ETIP Ocean 2

The ETIP Ocean 2 project aims to optimise the use of existing resources available to the ocean energy sector, to streamline sectoral activities, and ultimately to accelerate its development and to maximise benefits for industry and society. ETIP Ocean 2 will maintain and strengthen the existing coordination of sectoral stakeholders via the ETIP Ocean platform.

Background to techno-economic studies and analysis 
The Policy and Innovation Group provides techno-economic modeling and analysis services to a number of R&D projects. These include several ongoing device and subsystem development projects and several upcoming novel materials and disruptive technologies projects.

The post will be taken up as soon as possible. The appointment is for 24 months (with potential to be extended dependent on funding).

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

Please make applications in writing with a detailed covering letter and CV explaining you your motivation for the position and example of how your skills and experience match with requirements of the position.

Eligibility to Work

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Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

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The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £32,548 to £38,833 for 35 hours, each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

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Closing Date: 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Contact Name: 

Henry Jeffrey

Contact Email: 

Contact Telephone: 

+44(0)131 6505570