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University of Reading - Postdoctoral Research Assistant

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  • Full-time, fixed-term
  • £29,799 to £32,528 per annum
  • University of Reading, Reading
  • Closes Today 01:00
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University of Reading - Postdoctoral Research Assistant | Construction Management & Engineering, School of the Built Environment

Ref: SRF22702

We are seeking a PDRA to join us on an exciting project between the University of Reading, OrxaGrid Ltd and SCOPE, funded by Innovate UK, to improve the operation of electricity grids in the UK and India by augmenting OrxaGrid’s substation monitoring systems with innovative data science, forecasts and algorithms.

The researcher will be on the Innovate UK project ‘Transforming electricity access through smart sensors and grid efficiency algorithms’ to assist in the development of a unique interoperable gateway and add advanced data analysis techniques, and algorithms that improve grid efficiency by forecasting demand and renewable generation, predicting theft and technical outage locations and identifying spare capacities in the grid.

You will have:

  • A post-graduate degree in a relevant specialism (e.g. in engineering, mathematics or physical sciences) or comparable attainment.
  • Knowledge of methods and software tools for analysing large time-series datasets to determine trends and patterns.
  • Knowledge of methods for performing cluster analysis of time-series datasets or equivalent methods for classifying data.
  • Some knowledge of forecasting techniques based on historical time-series data i.e. persistence or rolling-window forecasts.
  • A willingness to travel nationally and internationally. It is expected that the successful candidate will visit India at least once during the project.
  • Willingness to instigate and deliver collaborative research with industry.
Informal enquires to Dr Ben Potter before the closing date are encouraged.

Informal contact details
Contact role: PI, Primary supervisor
Contact name: Dr Ben Potter
Contact phone: 0118 378 8586
Contact email: b.a.potter@reading.ac.uk

Alternative informal contact details
Contact role: CI, Secondary supervisor
Contact name: Dr Phil Coker
Contact phone: 0118 378 5234
Contact email: p.j.coker@reading.ac.uk

Interviews to be held on 30 April 2018

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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