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R&D Engineer (Whole Energy Systems)

University of Strathclyde
 £33,309 - £40,927
Closing date
26 Sep 2021
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Job Details

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

Department/School: Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Staff Category: Knowledge Exchange

Type of Employment: Fixed-term

Working Hours: Full-time

Salary range: £33,309 - £40,927
FTE: 1
Term: Fixed (24 months)
Closing date: 26 September 2021

The Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC), part of the University of Strathclyde (Times Higher Education Awards University of the Year 2019 and Scottish University of the Year 2020), wishes to appoint a R&D Engineer (Whole Energy Systems) to our team to research, develop, test and demonstrate whole energy system solutions – those that span or can impact upon more than one sector of the energy system (electricity, heat, transport). Particular focus for this role is low carbon heating and/or hydrogen-based energy systems. By bringing our expertise to project teams and key stakeholders, we aim to accelerate innovation and de-risk effective deployment and integration of new innovations and drive them towards business-as-usual within the net-zero energy system of the future.

The PNDC is one of the Commercialisation Centres for the recently-announced Hydrogen Accelerator ( The Hydrogen Accelerator is the Scottish initiative for developing and supporting world-leading hydrogen projects, placing Scotland at the forefront of innovative decarbonising solutions, in particular, relating to hydrogen and hydrogen-based technologies in transport. Funded by Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government, the initiative will support the development and scale-up of hydrogen projects in Scotland.
The R&D Engineer (Whole Energy Systems) will work closely with colleagues in the PNDC to develop and deliver a wide range of technical projects to support the growth of PNDC’s whole energy system activities, with a particular emphasis on the experimental validation and testing of low carbon heating and/or hydrogen-based energy systems.
Opportunities for innovation are extensive, through the strong working relationship and routes to market afforded by the PNDC’s industry members and commercial engagements. This will be supplemented with collaborative opportunities with other research and industry teams in the UK and abroad.
The PNDC offers a dynamic and varied environment, providing the opportunity to be involved in leading edge work within the energy sector. As part of the University of Strathclyde, the PNDC can offer a wide range of benefits to the post holder, including a generous holiday entitlement, pension scheme, and discounts to the state-of-the-art Strathclyde Sport gym and leisure facilities. The University also currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

To be considered for the role, you will
• Possess the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with a PhD in a relevant field or you will be educated to Honours Degree level with relevant industrial experience
• Have experience in low-carbon technology with particular experience of low carbon heating and/or hydrogen-based energy systems
• Be able to apply this knowledge in a highly practical environment, have experience of working on research and development projects in collaboration with industry or in an industrial context, and you will have good technical writing ability and strong communication skills
• Be a self-starter, and able to plan and conduct individual research and knowledge exchange activities with minimal supervision, as well as generate new ideas and concepts, with the capacity to work in a dynamically changing team environment.

For informal enquiries, please contact Richard Knight, Strategy & Technology Director,


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