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Research Associate “EPSRC-SFI: Blockchain transactions in the electricity industry”

The successful candidate will be responsible for original research, focused on investigating how blockchain smart contracts can be designed to unlock value…...

UE07 – £33,797 – £40,322

School of Engineering

Full time, 35 Hours per week

Fixed Term dates, to 31/08/2022

The Opportunity:

The Institute for Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position on the project “EPSRC-SFI: Blockchain transactions in the electricity industry: beyond tokenised energy”. The successful candidate will be responsible for original research, focused on investigating how blockchain smart contracts can be designed to unlock value within energy systems. This will involve the application of advanced methods from game theory and stochastic optimisation. The project will include investigating novel use cases for smart contracts, emphasising the scope for new decentralised hedging facilities, profit sharing mechanisms and community governance structures. In particular, they will contribute to the design of new mechanisms for managing network constraints and uncertainty through blockchain smart contracts for local peer-to-peer energy trading, and new smart contract incentive structures that allow groups of small and medium sized generators to cooperatively enter into larger and longer-term energy and flexibility contracts.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Demonstrable research experience with game theory and/or optimisation.
  • Demonstrable programming experience, preferably with Python.
  • Clear track record of appropriate high-quality published work.
  • Ability to manage own academic research and associated activities.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.

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As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme , staff discounts, family friendly initiatives , flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Tier 2/Skilled Worker Visa.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages.

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Tier 2/Skilled Worker Visa.

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

Engineering has been taught at Edinburgh in one form or another since 1673. In 2002, the present School of Engineering was formed from the previously existing departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Since then, the School has grown from strength to strength, growing rapidly in the last 5 years, now having the largest number of students among the seven Schools in the College of Science and Engineering, offering undergraduate degree programmes across all disciplines and taught Masters courses in niche areas. All of the undergraduate degree programmes are accredited by the relevant professional institutions.

The School of Engineering addresses diverse complex challenges across the entire field of engineering, at the micro- and macro/global scales. At the microscopic scale, its research supports the design and deployment of novel nanotechnology and devices for biological monitoring and medical diagnosis; at the macro/global scale, it optimises the security and sustainability of the built environment and develops engineering solutions to climate change issues. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School’s joint submission with Heriot-Watt University was first in the UK in research power (662) with 94% of our research activity achieving world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) ratings. The School has a strong track record in producing more than 50 technology spin-outs and developing industry links that enable our graduates to build career-long relationships. Current research grant awards total over £75M with new awards in 2017-2018 totalling £27.5 M.

We aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working and recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students. The School has an active programme offering support and professional development for all staff; providing mentoring, training, and networking opportunities.

The School of Engineering holds a bronze Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education & research.

Further information, including details of undergraduate & postgraduate taught programmes:
www.eng.ed.ac.uk