UNSW

Research Associate/ Senior Research Associate Ener...

Job description

This Job is based in Australia
  • Employment Type: Full time (35 hours per week)
  • Duration: 1 year fixed term
  • Remuneration: Level A/B (depending on level of experience)
  • Location: Kensington, NSW (Hybrid/ Flexible Working)

About UNSW

UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. This position is based on the Kensington Campus within the Faculty of Engineering based in either the School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE), or the School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications.

The Opportunity

UNSW is recruiting a Research Associate/Senior Research Associate to join a research team working to improve our understanding of low-carbon, distributed energy transformation options, issues, challenges and opportunities in the electricity industry as part of Project MATCH.

Funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Advancing Renewables Program, Project MATCH is a collaboration between UNSW Sydney, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and solar monitoring company Solar Analytics to increase understanding of the risks posed by DER to power system security.

The Research Association /Senior Research Associate will collaborate closely with the Chief investigator (CI) and industry partners to deliver project outcomes through the development of data analysis methods & tools (e.g through R and Python) to characterise DER behaviour during major power system disturbances and leverage a range of datasets and respond to the changing DER fleet.

Research Associate - Level A: $80,476-$107,299 + 17% super (depending on level of experience)

Specific Responsibilities For The Role Include
  • Support research in the area of characterising the behaviour of distributed PV systems and other DER during major grid disturbances in Australia’s electricity grids as part of a team.
  • Contribute to the development of the open source ‘Disturbance Tool’ and documentation for supporting streamlined, repeatable analysis of DER performance during disturbance events.
  • Contribute to the development of statistical analysis methods to further the project outcomes, including incorporating these methods into the open source ‘Disturbance Tool’ (currently executed in R).
  • Engage with industry partners AEMO and Solar Analytics to further the project outcomes.
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities, in collaboration with the project Steering Committee, and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Support the CI to coordinate and engage with the Stakeholder Reference Group (comprised of around 20 relevant government, community representative and industry organisations) as well as engaging direction with SRG members to access relevant datasets.
  • Contribute to disseminating research results through writing of public knowledge sharing reports as specified by ARENA, and scientific papers and reports for international journals and/or conferences as appropriate.

Senior Research Associate- Level B: $112,679 - $132,832 + 17% super (depending on level of experience)

Specific responsibilities for the role (in addition to Level A duties) include:
  • Conduct research in the area of characterising the behaviour of distributed PV systems and other DER during major grid disturbances in Australia’s electricity grids independently and as part of a team.
  • Lead the development of the open source ‘Disturbance Tool’ and documentation for supporting streamlined, repeatable analysis of DER performance during disturbance events.
  • Advise and contribute to the development of statistical analysis methods to further the project outcomes, including incorporating these methods into the open source ‘Disturbance Tool’ (currently executed in R).
  • Lead engagement with industry partners AEMO and Solar Analytics to further the project outcomes.
  • Lead the coordination of research activities, in collaboration with the project Steering Committee, and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Jointly with the CI coordinate and engage with the Stakeholder Reference Group (comprised of around 20 relevant government, community representative and industry organisations) as well as engaging direction with SRG members to access relevant datasets.
  • Lead the dissemination of research results through the writing of public knowledge-sharing reports as specified by ARENA, and scientific papers and reports for international journals and/or conferences as appropriate.
  • Actively engage with industry and the community to develop productive relationships, attract industry funding and participate in professional activities.

Skills & Experience
  • A PhD or equivalent relevant research experience in a related discipline, and work experience in experience in DER integration, data driven analysis of the Australian electricity system.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and development with limited supervision.
  • Expertise or interest in analysis and modelling ideally using large data sets; including formal statistical analysis and the use of artificial intelligence such as pattern recognition and machine learning techniques (e.g through R and Python)
  • Ideally, expertise or interest in data-driven analysis and modelling electricity industry operation including aspects of DER performance during disturbances, distribution network implications and power system security implications.
  • Ideally, demonstrated expertise in the relevant policy and renewable energy integration context including DER performance standards, relevant rule changes processes and current regulatory change. Or interest to learn.
  • Experience in developing modelling tools & documentation, including open-source code repository.
  • Track record of interacting with the profession and industry

Additional details about the specific responsibilities and skills & expertise relevant to each level can be found in the position description on Jobs@UNSW

To Apply: Please click the apply now button and submit your CV, Cover Letter and Responses to the Skills and Experience (as per the Skills & Experience bullet points in the Position Description). Candidates are encouraged to consider relevant previous projects to present on if successful for interview.

Contact:

Katherine Molloy – Talent Acquisition Consultant

E: katherine.molloy@unsw.edu.au

Please note applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed above.

Applications close: 11:55 pm (AEDT) Sunday 5th February 2023

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds.

UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

Please let the company know that you found this position on this Job Board as a way to support us, so we can keep posting cool jobs.