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    Research Support Assistant(s) & MRes Candidate(s)

     Jobsplus Permit No. 87/2017 & 98/2018

    Definite - Full Time  

    Date of Call: 10/01/2019 10:51
    Closing Date: 25/01/2019 23:59
    Department: MCAST Energy Research Group

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The MCAST Energy is looking for highly motivated and creative Research Support Assistant(s) and MRes1 Candidate(s) in the fields of Electrical and Control Engineering, Electrical Power and Energy Systems, Integration of Photovoltaics (PVs) and Energy and Environmental Economics, who aspire to jointly and multidisciplinary address one of themes below with Mediterranean or Maltese attributes:

1. Focused PV integration technical solutions: Smart-grid structures and tools including micro-grids
2. Future Electricity Markets with PVs: Smart grids and ancillary services, and PV markets, forecasts and trends
3. Energy-Water Nexus, focus on PVs: Water to balance energy
4. Fusion of emerging PV technology development: Upscaling of emerging technology and On-site testing of devices

We offer a One year-term gross annual salary full-time package of € 18,000 and MRes fees up per candidate.
Research Support Assistant(s) and MRes Candidate(s) will work in a truly international and with the world-leading group of researchers which will provide them with an excellent basis and a strong network for a future career in the field of Electrical Power and Energy Systems and Energy and Environmental Economics, in academia, the industry as well as governance. The MRes programme is offered at MCAST hosted by MCAST Energy Research Group and in collaboration with Enemalta plc.

Research Support Assistant(s) and MRes Candidate(s) will also enjoy some of the best mobility, training activities and resources within The University of Manchester in UK, The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in France, and National Renewable Energy Centre (CENER) in Spain, as well as other partner institutions in exchange visits, internships, mentoring, schools, courses, lectures, conferences and meetings.

These positions are being funded by the European Commission H2020 TWINNING JUMP2Excel (Joint Universal activities for Mediterranean PV integration Excellence) project under grant 810809, and the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) 3DMgrid (Design, Development and Demonstration of a Smart Micro-Grid) project under grant ENM-2016-002a and EDGEWISE (Energy and Water Systems Integration and Management) project under grant ENM-2016-001 through the ERANETMED initiative of Member States, Associated Countries and Mediterranean Partner Countries. The MRes scholarship fees are funded by Enemalta plc.


- A strong MQF Level 6 in the subject area of Engineering preferably with a specialisation in Electrical and Control Engineering.
- Entry criteria for Master by Research (MRes) programme.

Related academic/research experience and/or work experience would be considered an asset.

Hardware and software development preferably in relation to electrical engineering and proficiency in C/C++, python and MATLAB would be considered an asset.

Preference will be given to candidates showing research-based initiatives within their career profile.

Research Support Assistant Gross Salary: starting €18,000 annually
Type of Contract: 1 year definite.

Application Process

Vacancies will be filled if, and when openings become available. Successful candidates will be called to fill existing vacancies in accordance with the order of merit.

Interested candidates are invited to apply at and submit in English:

- a covering letter selecting the preferred research theme,

- a 400 words research proposal on the preferred research theme with Maltese or Regional attributes (no application within MRes programme is required at this stage),
- an updated Curriculum Vitae on the Europass CV Template,
- copies of all academic and professional certificates,
- recognition statement/receipt of an application by Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC) for all certificates by applying to (applicable to all qualifications awarded by foreign or local institutions excluding the University of Malta and the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST))
- two referee contacts,

- copies of English language certification in either one of the following:

(i) IELTS score of 6.5 overall with at least three sub-tests at 6.0 or above and no sub-test less than 5.5,

(ii) TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall with no sub-test of less than 22,

(iii) Pearson PTE score of 59 overall with no sub-test of less than 51,

(iv) Cambridge CPE grade C (applicable for non-English mother tongue nationals),
- a copy of full-passport (applicable to non-EU candidates).

Additional submission fields are available in the certificates section. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications are to be received by the closing date on this advert. Please refer any enquiries to