Research Fellow – “TransEnergy – Road 2 Rail Energy Exchange (R2REE)”

University of Southampton

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United Kingdom

Position type:

Full time


£29,799 to £33,518

09 Feb 2018
22 Feb 2018

Full details:

Reference number: SOU-888717BX-R-R

Based within Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton as part of an innovative technical and socio-economic research collaboration to provide energy buffering services to rail transport systems and electric vehicles. It will enable a step change reduction in road and rail energy demand with attractive options to support adoption.

This Research Council funded consortium, entitled ‘TransEnergy – Road 2 Rail Energy Exchange (R2REE)’,is led by the University of Sheffield and includes the Universities of Leeds and Southampton as partners.

The project is to demonstrate the large increase in energy efficiency which can be made by incorporation of line-side energy storage, and integrated road to rail (R2R) energy storage on the rail transport network. The project will also develop a demonstrator system around two case study applications. The University of Southampton is engaged as a project partner to develop the communications, control and interfacing needed to effectively utilise EVs as an aggregated energy store in rail transport power supplies.

The technical approach for this project is to explore the use of the EVs within the station car park as an aggregated regenerative braking energy recovery system, and investigation of how such a feature can be enabled via vehicle-to-grid (V2G) energy storage control is envisaged as central to deployment of R2R

You will take a day-to-day lead on delivering against the key research challenges of developing such a novel energy storage system:

The candidate will have a PhD or equivalent/ or professional qualifications and experience in energy storage, power electronics or electric rail systems, and demonstrate a detailed understanding and knowledge of power electronics, hardware, software and control including both simulation and hardware implementation and testing.  You will also possess an under-graduate degree in Electrical Engineering or other Engineering/Maths related discipline.  As a consortium project, you will be required to liaise with other relevant partners regarding aspects of this work and plan and manage consortium demonstration activities as well as local prototypes. You will be required to travel to present at project meetings and workshops in the UK, national and international conferences, and assist with the production of project report and management documentation.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Prof Andrew Cruden, Energy Technology Research Group, Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 7660.

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Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above.

If you need any assistance, please call Matt Saxby  (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 3462. Please quote reference 888717BX-R-R  on all correspondence.


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