Senior Mathematical Modelling Consultant

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Birmingham City Centre / Flexible Location
Up to 50k + Benefit's
22 Sep 2021
22 Oct 2021

Status: Permanent /Full-time strongly preferable (however can potentially be flexible) 

Transitioning to a low-carbon energy system to meet the 2050 net zero target is one of the most complex and important challenges we have ever faced, as such it will be crucial to understand the costs and benefits of different technologies, system designs and decarbonisation pathways.

The Catapult’s Whole System Modelling & Analysis capability is focused on doing just that and as the demand for our expertise & services continues to grow, we have decided to expand and therefore have this exciting brand-new career opportunity.

If you have extensive mathematical modelling expertise, some of which is likely to have been gained in industry, have a genuine interest in decarbonisation and can demonstrate a successful track record in complex systems modelling, particularly if they are client or business led solutions that have delivered real value, this could still be the right opportunity for you. If you happen to have specific experience in the energy sector, that’s great, but if you don’t that should not deter you from applying. 

So, if you would like to become a recognised energy modelling expert with a focus on the whole system and its interactions and in doing so have a real meaningful impact on the Energy Transition and the UK’s drive to hit Net Zero, then look no further you may have just discovered the opportunity you may not even have known you were looking for.

Look at the key challenges we would like you to tackle.

Challenge One:

The Catapult already has a suite of excellent modelling assets, however refinement of those models is an ongoing process to ensure they become ever more capable, robust and efficient to exploit.

Also, as we aim to answer the critical questions for the energy system transition, we will inevitably be creating new modelling tools.

Your first-rate capabilities in developing, validating, deploying, and maintaining models will come to the fore in challenge one, this will likely be underpinned by a solid understanding of various mathematical modelling techniques and perhaps with a specialism in linear/mixed-integer programming.

Your ability to consult with various clients and colleagues to translate needs and requirements into more detailed technical model specifications will also be important in tackling this challenge and you will also be expected to provide some technical leadership and support to modelling analysts within the team.  

Challenge Two:  

Expertly interpreting modelling outputs and delivering high quality and robust work based on those results, will be another key challenge of this opportunity.

Our clients include both public and private clients and our modelling work is used to support policymaking by government, decision making relating to national and local energy system infrastructure for local authorities, networks and more effective targeting of innovation investment by businesses and government.

In tackling this challenge, you will utilise your expertise in analytical techniques & effective communication skills, to deliver valuable insights in various forms, including reports, specific technical input into projects & programmes and attending/speaking at various workshops, seminars & conferences.

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So, if you would like to make a real difference, love a challenge, excited by the opportunity to do really worthwhile work & finally like the idea of working with a diverse group of people who are passionate about the decarbonisation challenge, you best apply?