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Research Fellow - Multi-agent Technologies

Agents, Interactions & Complexity

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £27,428 to £33,734
Full Time Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Monday 19 December 2011
Interview Date:   Monday 30 January 2012
Reference:  064111FP

Multi-Agent Technology for Future Energy Systems 

School of Electronics and Computer Science

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow position in the Agents, Interaction and Complexity Group (www.aic.ecs.soton.ac.uk), in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. The School is the largest of its kind in the UK and in the last Research Assessment Exercise (in 2008) Computer Science was ranked joint second in the UK for the quality of its research, with 85 per cent of its research work being rated as either world leading or internationally excellent.

The research position will be associated with the Intelligent Decentralised Energy Systems project (www.ideasproject.info). This project aims to explore the issues associated with the decentralised control, operation and management of future generation electricity networks. It is targeted at scenarios in which micro-generation and storage capabilities are ubiquitous, where intelligent sensing devices allow users to make informed choices about the control of devices in their home, and where producers and consumers are connected via a series of dynamically negotiated supply contracts. This is an industrially funded project from a Hampshire-based company. The post will specifically look at the multi-agent aspects of such systems and so experience with game theory, mechanism design, distributed control and/or machine learning is highly desirable. Expertise or past experience in the domain of energy systems is not essential.

The successful candidate will work with Professor Nick Jennings and Dr Alex Rogers and will join an internationally renowned team applying techniques from game theory, mechanism design, and multi-agent systems to a range of complex real-world problems.

You should possess a PhD in a relevant discipline (Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Operations Research, or Economics) and have established a strong research pedigree in your area (as evidenced by publications in top quality journals and conferences).

The post is fixed term for two years in the first instance and will commence on 01 March 2012. Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Nick Jennings (nrj@ecs.soton.ac.uk) or Dr Alex Rogers (acr@ecs.soton.ac.uk)

The closing date for this post is 19 December 2011. Please apply online through www.jobs.soton.ac.uk or alternatively telephone 023 8059 2750 for an application form. Please quote vacancy reference number 064111FP on all correspondence. 

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.


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