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PAINLESS Early Stage Researcher at Lyra Electronics Ltd UK: Energy storage techniques, modelling and integration with renewables

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    Lyra Electronics Ltd
    EngineeringCommunication engineering
    EngineeringElectrical engineering
    EngineeringElectronic engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    28/02/2019 23:00 - Europe/London
    United Kingdom › Wellesbourne
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Lyra Electronics Ltd is seeking to appoint one high-calibre Early Stage Researcher (ESR) #8 to join the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network on ‘energyautonomous Portable Access points for INfrastructure-LESS networks (PAINLESS)’.

Position: Early Stage Researcher #8: Energy storage techniques, modelling and integration with renewables

Location: Lyra Electronics Ltd, Wellesbourne UK (Years 1 and 3) and The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK (Year 2)

Working hours: Full Time (36.5 hours per week)

Duration: Fixed-Term (1st August 2019 – 31st July 2022)

Salary: £37,730 - £46,950 gross per annum at the current rate of exchange.


The explosive growth of applications and industrial sectors that rely on broadband connectivity is set to stretch the demand for wireless networks beyond the reach of the power grid infrastructure. Access points are being deployed on board drones, while more than 84,000 hybrid-energy base stations are expected to be deployed annually in remote areas by 2020. Portable network nodes that are energy-autonomous and operate detached from the power grid will become indispensable in future applications of wireless networks. Energy-autonomy presents immense challenges for the wireless network design and imposes a complete re-think of technological solutions. PAINLESS has the visionary aim of establishing a training and research platform to pioneer green, energy-autonomous portable network nodes which are self-subsistent and limitlessly-scalable, to satisfy future demands with minimal infrastructure. It promises a paradigm shift by integrating and jointly optimising wireless networks with renewable energy sources, radiated energy harvesting and airborne access points, as well as establishing disruptive performance benchmarks for the combined wireless power-and-information distribution. Our results will kick-start an innovation ecosystem for infrastructure and service providers of ICT to develop and commercialise a new generation of autonomous, sustainable and power-independent communication networks with self-organising functionality, to enable 100% coverage in urban environments in a power-efficient manner; provide network access to all types of emergency, disaster and special events areas; and connect remote / developing areas with problematic infrastructure. PAINLESS relates to H2020-MSCA with the vision of producing the first generation of experts in a radically new wave of energy autonomous networks that will revolutionise the wireless networking technology landscape and the plethora of associated vertical business sectors.

For further information about the Project, please visit http://painless-itn.com/

The Role

ESR8 may enrol on a PhD programme at The University Of Manchester and would write his/her thesis on a topic related to Energy storage techniques, modelling and integration with renewables.  Further information about the PhD project is given below:

Title: Energy storage techniques, modelling and integration with renewables

Objectives: Optimise the architecture, sizing and control of power generation, conversion and storage for small Base Stations. Integration with renewable energy harvesting techniques and joint optimisation and modelling on both link-level and network-level. Power architectures using a combination of renewables, storage and energy harvesting will be considered, and an energy management system covering the power assets and HetNet load will be devised and demonstrated.

Expected results:

• Develop appropriate energy storage models for small BSs in T3.1. Identify suitable HetNet power architectures. Devise optimisation algorithms for energy conversion and storage.

• Identify efficient high cycle-life solutions for HetNet energy storage systems, including any power electronic converters. Perform an analytical design of a HetNet storage system, and procure components for demonstrator system.

• Build, commission and test the storage system in T3.5, and evaluate the efficiency and cycle-life for a diverse range of load profiles.

• Evaluate the performance of energy management control, including degradation of the storage assets and estimate cycle-life.

Planned secondment(s): In Year 2 ESR8 will spend 6 months at The University of Manchester and 3 months at University College London.

The ESR’s PhD must be designed and conceived as an integral part of the overall PAINLESS project. The successful candidate will be a team player, prepared to work closely with the Project’s senior staff another ESRs. By the end of the third year the ESR will be expected to complete a publishable chapter for the volume constituting one of the major deliverables of PAINLESS. This chapter can be a part of the PhD dissertation, which, most likely, will be completed at a later date.

This is an outstanding opportunity to be part of a network of leading scholars working on state of the art technologies in Wireless Communications. In addition to PhD supervision, the successful candidate will benefit from a wide-ranging training programme, which will encompass:

a) Regular summer/winter schools pertaining to both, technical skills on topics in wireless communications relevant to the scope of the PAINLESS project, and a range of transferable skills (research management, entrepreneurship, patents, etc.);

b) An overseas research secondment to one of the partner universities in the PAINLESS consortium;

c) A secondment to a non-academic training partner;

d) A number of careers fairs towards the end of their project, to assist in their future employment.

The ESR will help organise and present their research at a major international conference on the themes of the PAINLESS research programme.

Duties & Responsibilities

1. Undertake postgraduate research in support of the agreed doctoral research project.

2. Work closely with the academic supervisors to ensure the compatibility of the individual project with the overall goals of PAINLESS.

3. Present and publish research to both academic and non-academic audiences.

4. Attend and participate in academic and non-academic conferences, events and seminars.

5. Attend and participate in all training events and supervisory meetings.

6. Be seconded to other network partners as necessary to fulfil the grant obligations.

7. Prepare progress reports and similar documents on research for funding bodies, as required.

8. Contribute to the delivery and management of the wider Programme, including attending and participating in programme committee meetings.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the ESR may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the responsibilities of the above duties.


Salary: £37,730 - £46,950 gross per annum at the current rate of exchange.


These figures are before employer and employee deductions, including tax, national insurance and pension contributions, subject to the pension choices of the appointee.

The level of salary is also subject to the family status of the appointee as to whether they qualify for a family allowance. Due to potential future changes in the Euro/Pound Sterling exchange rate over the period of the appointment, where amendments are required, corrective payments will be made.

Salaries are not subject to either cost-of-living adjustments or increment progression.

Eligibility criteria

All candidates must meet the following requirements to be considered for this post:

a) Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) shall at the time of recruitment by the host organisation be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited.

b) At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Selection process

The selection and recruitment processes of the ESRs will be in accordance with the European Charter and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The recruitment process will be open, transparent, impartial, equitable, and merit-based. There will be no overt/covert discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability or age. To this end, the following selection criteria for the recruitment of the ESRs will be considered:

1) Curriculum vitae

2) Academic performance (diplomas, university transcripts, etc.)

3) Research and industrial experience

4) Awards and fellowships

5) Publications and patents

6) Research, leadership, and creativity potential

7) English knowledge

8) Other relevant items based on the specific candidate

The recruitment process will adhere to the guidelines described in the Grant Agreement of the PAINLESS project. At the network’s level, the recruitment panel will include a minimum of 3/6 members of the project in order to guarantee gender- and sector-balance.

Applications close on 28th February 2019 and interviews are anticipated to be held April and May 2019.

The applications will be analysed after the application deadline, and the shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Skype interview.


By applying for this position, you give consent to circulate your application among the consortium members.

Additional comments



Required Research Experiences

    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


1. A good Undergraduate degree and a postgraduate Master’s degree (or equivalent) in electronic or electrical engineering, or a physical sciences subject.

2. Excellent written and verbal communication, including presentation skills.

3. Evidence of Advanced level English: IELTS (or equivalent) overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.

4. Excellent organisational skills, attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines.

5. Ability to think logically, create solutions and make informed decisions.

6. Willingness to work collaboratively in a research environment.

7. A strong commitment to your own continuous professional development.

8. Ability to travel and work across Europe.

Specific Requirements

How to apply

The application must be must submitted by email to hr@lyraelectronics.com.

The application must include:

a) A cover letter explaining your motivation for applying.

b) A Curriculum Vitae setting out your educational qualifications as well as any additional scientific achievements and publications.

c) Evidence of Advanced-level English – IELTS (or equivalent) overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.

d) A copy of your Master’s certificate (or equivalent) or certificate of graduation.

e) An official transcript of the completed subjects and grades achieved in the course of the Master’s programme.

f) Two letters of recommendation from researchers familiar with your academic activities, e.g. the supervisor of your Master’s thesis. The referees must e-mail their recommendations directly to hr@lyraelectronics.com.

g) A short research proposal on the project’s theme (max. 2,000 words).

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Lyra Electronics Ltd
United Kingdom
CV35 9EF
Wellesbourne Campus

EURAXESS offer ID: 373394


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