The School seeks three Fellowships in the area of Energy to appoint innovators in key interdisciplinary aspects of energy which offer major growth potential, such as:
• Energy whole systems unifying engineering whole systems and total system approaches.
• Energy storage technologies ranging from small to grid-scale and integration with intermittent renewables and waste heat.
• Energy efficiency technologies and crosscutting approaches to reduce end-use energy demand.
The posts leverage the core strengths of the Energy Research Institute (ERI) and the Centre for Integrated Energy Research (CIER), in renewables, whole systems and the use of energy (especially in transport), to enable us to tackle crosscutting industrial and societal challenges in energy. To move to the next level we need people who can unify our various approaches to energy. These posts would enable ERI and CIER to add value by connecting our unusual combination of energy activities, e.g. to integrate multiple energy generation and energy-efficiency technologies in a given application (e.g. urban energy systems).
Energy is a key strategic area for interdisciplinary research at the university, as set out in the new University Strategic Plan and the posts leverage Leeds’ areas of strength. The perspective brought by these posts encompasses not only technologies (ERI’s core area), but how these interplay with policies, economics and social systems research across campus to transform our energy system in response to the energy trilemma; that of delivering affordable, secure and low-carbon energy.
Key aims and overall benefits of the posts:
• Leveraging the energy research capabilities of ERI and the School by integrating these with the wider university energy theme, in research areas that place Leeds at the forefront.
• To enable us to equip UG and PGT students with both the energy technology in its broader industrial context and whole systems skills they will need to succeed in the modern engineering workplace, both for new and existing programmes.
ERI is a leading institute for interdisciplinary energy research within the UK, and provides an excellent collaborative environment for prospective candidates. You will build capacity in research areas aligned with, and will benefit from the mutual support of recently appointed chairs in ERI and ETII (Energy Technology & Innovation Initiative). In addition, the positions will align with and support the aims of University-based centres in delivering high quality interdisciplinary energy research.
University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)
For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Bill Gale, Director, Energy Research Institute, tel: +44 (0)113 343 2796, email: W.F.Gale@leeds.ac.uk.