Research Associate in Engineering

United Kingdom
Aug 30, 2018
Sep 28, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Applicants are invited to apply for the position of Research Associate within the Cardiff School of Engineering, funded under the EPSRC GCRF project “Robust Extra Low Cost Nanogrids for the developing world” (Ref EP/R030111/1). The project is focused on developing and deploying power-electronics based micro-grids in African communities. The successful candidate will join a world-class multi-institution team that is building a model for energy supply from a pan-continental down to the local scale using new smart technologies. The project is focused on developing and deploying power-electronics based micro-grids in developing communities, leading to rollout at several sites in Kenya.

The post is to address equipment protection and personal electrical safety aspects of modular nanogrids, with a specific focus on lightning transients and earthing design. The post holder will contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

This post is full time, available immediately and is fixed term for 24 months.

Salary: £32,548 - £38,833 per annum (Grade 6). It is not anticipated that an appointment will be made above Gr 6.33 £35550.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr David Clark,

For further details about working at Cardiff School of Engineering please contact Gaynor James at

Date Posted: Tuesday, 28 August 2018  
Closing date: Friday, 28 September 2018.

Please NOTE: Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

The School of Engineering holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. Cardiff University is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. For this vacancy we actively encourage women to apply. We will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share opportunities.


Job Description


  • To work closely with colleagues at Oxford to conduct research into the electrical safety aspects of modular low-voltage nanogrids, with a particular focus on lightning protection and earthing arrangements in regions of high keraunic activity.
  • To use sophisticated electromagnetic simulation techniques and software to predict the performance of lightning mitigation schemes and earth termination electrode arrangements.
  • To construct and test candidate protection schemes in the laboratory and field.
  • To develop a rigorous design philosophy and safety case for the protection of modular nanogrids.
  • To oversee the installation and monitoring of systems at test sites in Kenya and Uganda.
  • To contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.
  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals.
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field.
  • To participate in School research activities.
  • To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate.
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects.



  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School's profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world.
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.


Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

  • Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:
    • High Voltage tests and measurements
    • Lightning protection
    • Earthing/Grounding
    • Electromagnetic simulation techniques
    • Electrical safety and risk assessment
  • Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field.
  • Proven ability to publish in national and international journals.
  • Understand the landscape to be able to develop applications to funding bodies.


Communication and Team Working

  • Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication.
  • Ability to work in a team and to supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to manage research projects and work independently.



  • Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work.


Desirable Criteria

  • Relevant professional qualification(s).
  • Evidence of collaborations with industry.
  • Proven ability to work without close supervision
  • Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.
  • Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the School.
  • A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration.
  • Fluency in Welsh, Written and Oral.

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