Architect Job: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Energy Demand for Heating and Cooling

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An exciting opportunity to join a project at the forefront of research into Energy Demand for Heating and Cooling has become available. We are looking for a post-doctoral research associate to join our research team researching thermal storage technology performance in relation to energy demand patterns at different scales. 

This is a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position on Energy Demand (Heating and Cooling) for a period of up to 12 months. The post is offered by the School of the Built Environment, University of Reading – as part of the EPSRC funded project: A versatile PCM energy storage system for building applications (Versatile PCM). The candidate will benefit from being part of a wider research community both within the Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Group at the University of Reading as well as part of the project team. 

The project will look at energy demand temporalities and the association of these temporalities to the operation of the thermal-storage technology being investigated in the project. An assessment of energy, economic and environmental impacts with scale of technology uptake will also be conducted. This will primarily be through modelling of technology functionality and use of the proposed technology at different scales (both spatial and temporal). The project will use, and further develop, existing models of energy systems analysis and pick up on work carried out on the analysis of heat demand data.

The project will provide a valuable opportunity for challenging thermal storage capacity in relation to different timescales of environmental influences on both technology performance and human activity. It will be carried out in association with current and future projects exploring energy demand, particularly in association with leading energy research centres, such as the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (

It is important that the project provides new and useful guidance in relation to thermal-storage technology development as well as the energy demand research community (specifically in decarbonization of heating and cooling). It will, therefore, be important that the candidate is able to communicate the subject matter to different audiences.  

Key tasks include:

  • Use & development of energy-demand models from building scale to wider network scale
  • Development of case studies for evaluating the impact of energy demand behaviours & environmental drivers (i.e. meteorology) on technology performance
  • Preparation of conference & journal research outputs
  • Engage with wider research community

You will have: (please refer to Job advert on University of Reading website)

Applications will be reviewed periodically before the closing-date & interviews conducted thereafter as appropriate.

Interviews to be held on 10 October 2022

Informal contact details
Contact role:Principal Investigator
Contact name:Dr Stefan Thor Smith
Contact email:

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome & will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled-Worker Route.  Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS.  There is further information about this on the UK Visas &  Immigration Website.
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