University of Cambridge

Department of Engineering

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A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate on the Department of Engineering’s central Cambridge site, to work on the AGILE project (Aggregators as diGital Intermediaries in Local Electricity markets).

A consortium has been established between Cambridge University, London Business School, University College London and Strathclyde University, to create integrated software that intends to demonstrate the value of digital aggregators of distributed energy resources (DERs) in the energy market. The integrated software will show how a distributed ledger based settlement process makes multiple small transactions possible enabling a new market player, a digital aggregator to offer to the energy market, optimised and realistic portfolios of diverse distributed energy services, using real-time machine learning.

The Engineering Design Centre will be involved in researching and developing decision-making tools and methods synthesising multidimensional data visualisation with machine learning approaches and in particular Bayesian Networks. This decision-making system will be used for on-line and offline decisions being populated from the executed smart contracts in a Blockchain type environment.

It is essential that the role holder has a First Class Honours degree, MSc/MEng and/or has or is near obtaining a PhD in mechanical/electrical engineering and/or design, has good oral and written communication skills and is able to interact effectively with staff at all levels. Background in Java computer programming, Python and/or R for statistical computing and graphics, Parallel Coordinates or other method for multidimensional data visualisation and analysis is desirable, as is some prior experience in Bayesian Networks inference.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. 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 until 30 November 2020 in the first instance.

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), covering letter and research publication list 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: Mari Huhtala, mjh94.ac.uk. (Tel +44 01223 748245)

Please quote reference NM19701 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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About Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

The Department of Biochemistry is a member of the School of the Biological Sciences and one of the largest departments in the University of Cambridge. The Department is especially strong in research with investigators of international standing in a wide range of disciplines including structural biology, molecular enzymology, cell signalling and control of gene expression, molecular microbiology, plant molecular biology and bioenergy, cancer and cardiovascular biology. We also have a strong cohort of independent research fellows with funding from the Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, BBSRC and MRC. The Department houses multiple core facilities funded by Wellcome Trust, BBSRC and MRC to support modern biomolecular research, including 800MHz NMR, state-of-the-art X-ray crystallography, protein chemistry, mass spectrometry, metabolomics and advanced services for protein and nucleic acid sequencing. In collaboration with the Department of Genetics we have also established the Cambridge Systems Biology Centre, which hosts genomics, proteomics and associated bioinformatics. We also participate in the Wellcome Trust-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute , the Cambridge Cancer Centre and other major research initiatives.