Energy Modelling Analyst (Maternity Cover – Up to 12 months)

Energy Systems Catapult

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Salary: Up to 30k + Benefits

Status: Maternity Cover – Up to 12 Months /Full-time

About us

Energy Systems Catapult was set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth. The Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence that bridges the gap between industry, government, academia and research. We take a whole-systems view of the energy sector, helping us to identify and address innovation priorities and market barriers, in order to decarbonise the energy system at the lowest cost.

During lockdown, we have been working remotely and as we begin to focus more on the future, we intend to embrace a new refreshing way to utilise our office in Birmingham City Centre . As a consequence we are developing a flexible approach to the workplace , which ensures we keep some of the benefits of home working whilst enabling the Catapult to operate efficiently, this hybrid way of working may result in the majority of us working from home for a good chunk of the time, merging the best bits of both office and home working.

The Context

The catapult’s whole system analysis team works to identify valuable low carbon technology opportunities and to assess the strategic challenges surrounding the commercialization of such new technologies. This work is underpinned by an analysis of the UK energy system including the Energy System Modelling Environment, which has developed into one of the most powerful energy system models for the UK, with outputs and insights from the modelling used in a variety of contexts.

In addition, the catapult also works with a suite of other modelling tools which study low-carbon heating, renewable energy sources, transport technologies and more.

This opportunity will allow you to apply your quantitative and modelling capabilities to energy systems analysis work by applying and developing modelling tools for strategic insights into the options for the UK energy system. You will undertake modelling, interpretation and analysis, and you will present results to colleagues and to a broad set of energy stakeholders.

Key Work Activities

  • Utilize ESME and other models for technical and economic analysis of key low carbon
  • technologies for the 2020-2050 energy system.
  • Perform targeted model runs, e.g. sensitivity analysis of key scenarios, using your judgement to translate policy-related questions and technology-related questions into the quantitative modelling framework.
  • Assist with maintenance and development of modelling software code, e.g. Excel VBA, SQL databases, AIMMS, Matlab and similar.
  • Produce high quality summaries and analyses of modelling work for internal and external audiences.
  • Support analysis of pathways, decision points, option values and barriers to transition. This will include developing an understanding of ‘real world’ costs and constraints, and how well they are represented in modelling work.
  • Assist in projects to research specific technology areas. This could involve background research of technology performance, cost, subsidies or uptake.
  • Build understanding of the economic implications of modelling methodologies (e.g. discount rates, treatment of timing). Support the team in exploring alternative approaches to using systems modelling to inform policy debate.
  • Working with technical experts to maintain, update or adapt modelling assumptions and inputs
  • Managing and delivering discrete modelling or analysis tasks as components of projects or contracts commissioned by third party clients

What credentials are we ideally looking for?

  • Quantitative skills – experience of quantitative analysis, mathematical modelling and use of computer models, ideally including some experience of mathematical optimisation.
  • Coding skills – experience with Excel VBA, Matlab, SQL Server databases or similar in a technical or scientific application.
  • Experience in a sector related to energy is desirable but not essential.
  • High quality writing and analytical skills – ability to distill key messages from complex source data/reports.
  • Educated to degree level in relevant mathematics, science, engineering or related discipline.
  • Current Professional Qualification in Mathematics, Engineering or Science
  • Strong presentation and communication skills.
  • Ability to excel in a rapidly growing, fast-paced organisational environment.
  • A can-do attitude, able to work with limited supervision under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Persuasive and approachable you can successfully manage relations with clients, colleagues and other stakeholders.
  • Comfortable dealing with ambiguity and ability to work effectively in line with changing priorities.

Would you like to Apply?

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 18th August 2021 

Please note that at this time we are unable to provide UK visa sponsorship.

Energy Systems Catapult undertakes innovative and exciting work that will help shape the future of energy, with this in mind we encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible, as we do reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.

(Strictly No Agencies).

“We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.”

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