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KTP Associate (Cyber-Security in Smart Energy Systems)

School of Computing and Communications
Salary up to £31,604
Closing Date:   Wednesday 15 November 2017
Interview Date:   Tuesday 28 November 2017
Reference:  A2082

This position is based at Upside Energy Ltd’s offices (to be in central Manchester).

KTP is one of the UK's largest recruitment schemes. This two-year post has been created as a result of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communications and Upside Energy Ltd. This position, with a successful company and a leading university, is a great opportunity for you to participate in an exciting major project and to accelerate your career with potential of a permanent job within Upside Energy Ltd.

The University:

The School of Computing and Communications (SCC) at Lancaster University is a research-intensive school employing 50 academic staff, over 40 research staff, and over 100 PhD students. SCC is ranked 7th in the UK by 4* and 3* research and 12th by GPA. SCC is based at InfoLab21, a £15m centre of excellence in ICT. InfoLab21 also houses the Knowledge Business Centre (KBC) which fosters local and regional business development, start-up project incubation, and ICT training. Working with KBC will provide an ideal path to commercial exploitation of the project's research outcomes.

The Job:

Upside Energy provides flexibility to the energy system. It has built a cloud service that uses advanced algorithms and artificial intelligence to orchestrate hundreds of thousands of energy storage and other electrical devices to create a Virtual Energy Store.This enables the grid to manage supply and demand for electricity more effectively, thus enabling wider deployment of renewable energy. Upside’s systems can directly eliminate hundreds of thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gases.The disruption it is introducing into the energy system is helping create a world of cleaner, cheaper energy for everyone.

As KTP Associate you will be employed by Lancaster University, but will be based at Upside Energy’s premises at Salford (likely moving to Central Manchester as of 2018). You will lead this exciting project which will support Upside Energy in designing and implementing a novel cybersecurity framework to be integrated within the Smart Energy Management system that is already developed by Upside. 

You will work closely with and be supported by the senior management and software development team at Upside Energy and academics from the School of Computing and Communications, principally Dr. Angelos Marnerides supported by Prof. Utz Roedig.

The Candidate:

You will have a MSc or PhD in Computer Science or Computer Engineering with a good understanding of (i) Network Security and (ii) Distributed Systems and good programming skills in order to contribute immediately to the ambitious work plan. Additional attributes will include good project management and team working skills. 

In addition to a competitive salary, the reward package also includes an additional personal training and development budget of £4,000, offering excellent opportunities to further your professional development and support your career progression. You will be encouraged to present papers at national and international conferences.Depending on the candidate’s previous experience, the successful completion of this project will set the basis for the potentially on-going employment within the company partner.

This post is offered on a fixed term contract for 2 years. 

The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory criminal record check prior to commencing employment.  

For further information on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, please see 

Informal enquires should be directed to:

Dr. Angelos Marnerides (Lancaster University) Tel:01524510310 / Email:

Dr. Graham Oakes (Upside Energy) Tel: 07971546288 / Email:

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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

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