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Research Associate (182422)

  • Fresh Jobs
  • Glasgow
  • 09/01/2019
Full time

Job Description


The Research Associate for this position will be working on two Offshore Renewable Energy projects: the "HOME Offshore" ( and the "INNO-MPP" project (, within a research group focusing on these projects.

The research field is applied mechanics, developing and refining aero-hydro-servo-elastic coupled model of dynamics for Offshore Fixed Wind Turbines and Wind Farms (HOME Offshore), as for Offshore Multi-Purpose Platforms (INNO-MPP).

The remote inspection and asset management of offshore wind farms and their connection to shore, is an industry which will be worth up to £2 billion annually by 2025 in the UK alone. 80% to 90% of the cost of offshore Operation and Maintenance according to the Crown Estate is generated by access requirements: such as the need to get engineers and technicians to remote sites to evaluate a problem and decide what action to undertake. Such inspection takes place in a remote and hazardous environment and requires highly trained personnel, of which there is likely to be a shortage in coming years. Additionally much condition monitoring data which is presently generated is not useful or not used effectively.
The project therefore aims to make generate more 'actionable data' - useful information that can reduce operation and maintenance costs and improve safety.

The INNO-MPP project proposes a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling challenges facing the integration of different offshore technologies, such as renewable energy and aquaculture, in a Multi-Purpose Platform (MPP) system allowing for manufacturing, installation, operation and decommissioning and maintenance costs of different facilities to be shared. MPPs have the potential to save money, reduce overall impact and maximise socio-economic benefits.
It will develop approaches to assess the feasibility of an MPP system and showcase this potential through two case studies, one focusing on an island community in China and one in the UK.

Strathclyde is leading this project, coordinating 3 UK and 3 Chinese research institutions, for a total of around 25 academics, and a number of postdocs, PhDs, and MSc students. Strathclyde is also in charge of the development of the model of dynamics for the offshore multi-purpose platform, integrated in a multidisciplinary (techno-economic-social-environmental) framework.

As a Research Associate, under the general guidance of a research leader, you will develop research objectives and proposals, play a lead role in relation to a specific project/s or part of a broader project, conduct individual and/or collaborative research, contribute to the development of new research methods, identify sources of funding, and contribute to the securing of funds for research, including drafting grant proposals and planning for future proposals. You will write up research work for publication, individually or in collaboration with colleagues, and disseminate the results via peer reviewed journal publications and presentation at conferences. You will join external networks to share information and ideas, inform the development of research objectives and to identify potential sources of funding. You will collaborate with colleagues to ensure that research advances inform departmental teaching effort and you will collaborate with colleagues on the development of knowledge exchange activities by, for example, participating in initiatives which establish research links with industry and influence public policy and the professions. You will supervise student projects, provide advice to students and contribute to teaching as required by, for example, running tutorials and supervising practical work. You will contribute in a developing capacity to Department/School, Faculty and/or University administrative and management functions and committees and engage in continuous professional development.
To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level in an appropriate discipline, or have significant relevant experience in addition to a relevant degree. You will have sufficient breadth or depth of knowledge in naval architecture and/or ocean engineering and a developing ability to conduct individual research work, to disseminate results and to prepare research proposals. You will have an ability to plan and organise your own workload effectively and an ability to work within a team environment. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences.
Whilst not essential for the role, applications are welcomed from candidates with: relevant work experience, membership of relevant Chartered/professional bodies (including the Higher Education Academy), experience of relevant student supervision and teaching activities, and/or experience of knowledge exchange related activities.
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