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Energy & Power Systems Researcher/Technologist

Location: London, POST-LON, United Kingdom
Job ID: R0011889
Date Posted: Oct 4, 2022
Segment: Others (Including Headquarters and R&D )
Business Unit: Hitachi Regional Headquarters
Company Name: Hitachi Europe Ltd.
Profession (Job Category): Other
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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We have an exciting new opportunity in the SUSL team for an Energy & Power Systems Researcher/Technologist. The researcher will be involved in the development of future products and scalable technology solutions to support our energy, environment and social innovation business to address some of society’s greatest challenges.  This includes de-carbonising the energy mix whilst meeting increasing demand, ensuring energy security, developing innovative ways to manage carbon, and exploring approaches to ensure nature is a part of society’s answer to tackling climate change. We are seeking and enthusiastic energy and power systems technical expert with an appreciation of and interest in the business, customer, regulatory and economic aspects of the industry.

The successful candidate will need to be highly motivated with a strong techno-economic background, coupled with a demonstrable appetite for creativity, business innovation and application of entrepreneurial experience. The role will cover a broad understanding of the complex energy, natural and social value chains which need to work in harmony for a balanced and prosperous society.

 An understanding and demonstrated abilities in the intersection of the energy, industry, transport, environment, economy and society will be important.
Hitachi’s European R&D Sustainability Lab focuses on assessing and developing new and innovative business opportunities for Hitachi’s technologies. Therefore, a technical background is essential with strong commercial capabilities.  An understanding and appreciation of the role of policy, regulation and government bodies is important to understand how technologies and solutions would fit within and engage as part of a wider society and ecosystem.

Projects will typically involve various stages from creation, through development to delivery and reporting.  The candidate will be working with both internal and external global stakeholders, therefore experience of working in diverse teams and demonstrated strong interpersonal skills will be beneficial.  The range of projects will likely involve a diverse range of technology areas, therefore an ability to flex between disciplines, projects and topics is essential.  

The first projects/activities will potentially include:

  • Leading an energy-as-a-service project to explore and develop innovative energy distribution market business models

  • Leading a battery project to explore and develop solutions to enable and deliver a circular and sustainable supply chain

  • Supporting hydrogen and cross energy vector activities (including system modelling)

  • Supporting engagement with Hitachi energy business units

Our activities typically involve the development of digital solutions working with developers, designers, and specialists throughout Hitachi to develop prototypes and test new ideas.
Our role is to assess and develop future viable business opportunities for the European market utilising the very best technical and commercial skillsets.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Primary and secondary research, studies and assessments, to investigate technologies and business opportunities through the analysis of trends and economics, along with societal and technological issues.  

  • Requirement to propose solutions (considering the business, societal, customer and technical dimensions); discuss and develop them with colleagues, and structure the development and deployment taking into account internal and external partnerships.

  • Support other Hitachi Business Units with market investigations and future scenario development of specific issues in the EU market, providing technical and economic input.

  • Leading projects, studies, analysis, prototyping and development of minimal viable products.

  • Build and maintain strong connections with colleagues of Hitachi R&D in Japan, including traveling to Japan when required.

  • Present the results of the activities within Hitachi R&D as well as in conference and Journal publications.

  • Follow and participate in EU research/market activities and consortia, and share and discuss the EU output and trends with Hitachi R&D Centres globally.

  • Propose and develop business led research projects to bid for internal and external funding.

Candidate Requirements:

  • An ability and proven experience to bring together technical, business, economic, social and environmental factors to a project. 

  • Strong academic/research background with a Master’s or PhD degree in engineering, science, economics or business, with applicable and substantial industrial experience (3+ years). 

  • Experience of leading a novel research project covering concept proposal to proof of value development.

  • A digital technology (IT and OT) capability, including approaches to developing cloud-based digital solutions as part of a future low carbon economy.

  • An ability to work across a number of concurrent projects with differing levels of maturity and complexity.

  • Experience of working in agile teams, with the objective of demonstrating and delivering early stage minimal viable products and subsequent trials.

  • Experience of visioneering, concept development and prototyping.

  • Experience of eliciting business requirements, conducting market analysis and impact assessments, developing user stories and experience of assessing the social/economic effects of technology and solutions is required (i.e. business model development experience).

  • Understanding of the energy policy and regulatory environment and its impact on Hitachi’s activities and products.

  • Good communication skills via written material and presentations are essential, and a second spoken language, preferably European and/or Japanese.

  • Preferable experience in energy systems, storage and power electronics.

  • Technical and/or business knowledge of at least one field of the low carbon energy/sustainability market is required and demonstrable experience.

  • Strong cultural awareness with the ability to work and interact with people from various continents and cultural backgrounds.

  • Evidence to demonstrate an enthusiasm and interest to research new domains and technologies, and to master and apply the technologies in practice.

  • Self-starter with a probing enquiring nature able to work alongside and with other team members.

  • Experience or postgraduate study in the areas of economics or business.

  • Experience of or working with the energy grid/system – detailed understanding of the value chain and ecosystem.

  • Experience of identifying, establishing and working in consortiums and partnerships with other companies.

  • Experience of working with government or industrial groups

Company Funded Benefits

  • Generous holiday entitlement - with the option to buy up to 8 days extra per year

  • A holiday banking scheme allowing you to bank untaken holiday to use another year

  • Group Personal Pension

  • Private Medical Insurance with self-funded option to increase cover to include family members

  • Employee Assistance Programme available to all employees plus immediate family

  • Personal Accident Insurance

Voluntary Benefits (funded by employee) including;

  • Childcare voucher scheme

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Gym Membership

  • Dental Insurance with option to include dependent children

  • Health screening

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