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Research Assistant/Associate in Uncertainty Quantification of Built Environments and Energy System Models (Fixed Term)

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering to work on Uncertainty Quantification of Built Environments and Energy System Models.

The post holder will develop models to test resilience of energy systems and built environments. The main tasks will include: (a) quantification of key uncertainties in input parameters, (b) investigate uncertainties due to future changes and short-term events, and their influence on energy systems, (c) investigate methods to model and propagate uncertainties to quantify resilience of energy systems. The post holder will link energy system models of the built environment to both national and sub-national infrastructure planning. This kind of multi-dimensional and multi-physics tools will help us understand why certain energy systems are more or less successful than others, geographically, socially, and physically. It will also enable sustainable infrastructure planning that is aligned with carbon targets and is, at the same time, locally robust. The post holder will be mentored by Dr Ruchi Choudhary (Engineering, Cambridge) who is currently based at the Data-centric Engineering Program of the Alan Turing Institute (ATI) in London. Therefore, the successful candidate will be located primarily at The ATI in London.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are: (a) expertise in simulation and numerical modelling of energy systems and built environments, (b) excellent computational skills (for eg. in MATLAB/Python), (c) Experience with statistical techniques relevant for uncertainty quantification. Candidates are expected to have obtained a PhD or equivalent industrial/project experience in Engineering, Computer Science, or relevant discipline.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent professional experience). Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £26,243 - £30,395; Research Associate: £32,236 - £39,609

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 20 months in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter, name & affiliation of 3 referees, and 2 relevant publications in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Ms. Sharon Nightingale (

Please quote reference NM18350 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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