Heriot Watt University

Professor in Sustainable Energy Systems

Stromness, Orkney Islands
Professorial minimum £59,828 (salary dependent on experience and qualifications)
09 Jul 2019
01 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Professor in Sustainable Energy Systems, Heriot-Watt University


Location:             Based at International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) in Stromness, Orkney 

Contract:             Open-ended

Salary:                  Professorial minimum £59,828 (salary dependent on experience and qualifications) 

Closing Date:     Monday 5 August 2019 midnight

Interview date: To be confirmed

Reference:         IRC23070

Heriot-Watt University, The Times International University of the Year 2018, has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry.

To celebrate our 2021 bicentenary of pioneering research we are seeking to appoint an outstanding full-time Professor in Sustainable Energy Systems in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) at Heriot-Watt University’s Orkney Campus.  The post is co-funded by Heriot Watt University, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Orkney Island Council.

The post holder will be expected to build an internationally excellent research and teaching portfolio centred at ICIT.  They will build upon recent successful research collaborations between Heriot-Watt University, energy stakeholders in Orkney and industrial partners with the aim of significantly increasing energy related research. 

The successful applicant will hold a PhD degree in a science or engineering subject related to Energy Systems and will also have an established track record in energy research with a focus on the sustainability and decarbonisation of the energy system.  A major component of the appointee’s research interests will be the adaptation of energy systems to better integrate intermittent generation to the built environment and the economy. This will be particularly relevant to the fields of intelligent energy systems, distributed storage, integration of electric vehicles and decarbonisation of energy supply.

The appointee will be an excellent communicator and be capable of building strong links with the community in Orkney and with stakeholders in the energy sector at a local, national and international level.  They will be a team player with the ability to attract external funding, author high-quality academic publications, and develop, build and manage an interdisciplinary research team.   They will also be expected to explore collaborative energy research opportunities with academics working in the broad theme of energy systems at Heriot-Watt’s campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia, as well as out with Heriot-Watt.  

Please contact Professor Eddie Owens E.H.Owens@hw.ac.uk for an informal discussion.

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