Research Fellow – School of Chemical Engineering

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School of Chemical Engineering

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £45,585 to £54,395 with potential progression once in post to £61,198

Grade: 8

Full Time, Fixed Term contract up to May 2028

Closing date: 18th July 2024

2 positions available



We are seeking an ambitious Research Fellow II to work on Energy Systems and Energy Demand Reduction. You will join the Birmingham Energy Institute, a vibrant community of colleagues working on cutting edge research. This is an opportunity to drive excellent research in energy demand reduction, as part of the UKRI Energy Demand Research Centre. Energy policy in the UK has a significant focus on energy supply. In this project, you will contribute to investigation of energy demand, particularly demand reduction.

Role Summary

Your role will involve data-driven modelling, analysis, and optimisation of energy systems, including electricity, gas and heat sectors, with a particular focus on energy demand reduction for industrial, domestic and/or transport sectors. You will particularly focus on unlocking the flexibility of demand in integrated energy systems, and examining opportunities and constraints for demand reduction (technical/policy/social/economic) for particular use cases.

You will have the opportunity to work with renowned experts across various disciplines related to the UKRI-funded Energy Demand Research Centre (EDRC). You will also collaborate with different regional and national policymakers and stakeholders, including Siemens, Tyseley Energy Park, OFGEM, DESNZ, and National Retrofit Hub.

The experience you gain in the role will give you awareness of the current and future needs of whole energy systems, including technical, business, and regulatory aspects.

You are expected to work closely with other research staff working within the EDRC, to communicate with the external project partners (including senior policy makers), and to collaborate on the development of future directions for this research activity. You will need to ensure delivery of outputs such as scientific journals, as well as activities which lead to impact.

Main Duties

To plan and carry out research, using appropriate methodology and techniques. This will include:

  • Pursue personal research including developing research ideas and winning support, including financial support
  • Plan, publish and/or execute high quality research
  • Project manage research activities
  • Present high quality findings in publications and conference proceedings, and to project partners
  • Supervise and examine PhD students, both within and out with the University
  • Provide expert advice to colleagues and students within discipline
  • Contribute to the management of research across the School, and Birmingham Energy Institute
  • Actively manages equality, diversity and inclusion through monitoring and evaluation and actively challenging unacceptable behaviour

Person Specification

  • A PhD (or near to completion), or equivalent, relevant to the research area
  • Extensive research experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
  • Demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results
  • Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising data-driven modelling, analysis, and optimisation of energy systems
  • Experience and achievement in research impact, such as policy influence or similar activity
  • Experience of championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in own work area


Informal enquiries to Professor Sara Walker, email:


We believe there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ member of University of Birmingham staff and that diversity in its many forms is a strength that underpins the exchange of ideas, innovation and debate at the heart of University life. We are committed to proactively addressing the barriers experienced by some groups in our community and are proud to hold Athena SWAN, Race Equality Charter and Disability Confident accreditations. We have an Equality Diversity and Inclusion Centre that focuses on continuously improving the University as a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. We are also committed to sustainability, which is a key part of our strategyYou can find out more about our work to create a fairer university for everyone on our website.

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