Wanted: Scientific Advisor

Resource description

Location: Brussels (or elsewhere in Europe, if preferred by the candidate)

Duration: permanent employment (or fixed-term, if preferred by the candidate)

Start date: between 01/07/2024 and 01/10/2024

Working hours: full-time

Contact & application: sebastien.lepy@cresym.eu

 

In a nutshell

CRESYM[1] is looking for a second Scientific Advisor, with four main missions:

  • Identify pending research action needs, set up R&I Projects to answer them, coordinate R&I Projects;
  • Support the Project Committee in building & consolidating CRESYM’s R&I portfolio & monitoring every Project;
  • Organise R&I Projects’ legacy, turning R&I results into Association’s “Assets” when time comes (coordinated by the IT Assets & Projects Manager);
  • Coordinate thematic doctoral networks[2] (DoNets), including their training and networking events.

The two Scientific Advisors shall work together, splitting the Projects’ & DoNets’ portfolios among the two, with one as lead and the other as deputy.

Every Scientific advisor shall comply with CRESYM’s by-laws, internal rules and every relevant internal procedure of the Association. (S)he will report to the General Manager.

The Association is young and every Scientific Advisor shapes its position.

 

… and with more details

Project Committee support

  • Perform a scientific watch on his/her attributed topics2;
  • Identify pending research action needs, esp. surveying Members & organising expert debates;
  • Set up members’ consortia & self-funded research Projects’ Agreements or organise answers to public calls for Projects (Horizon Europe, Clean Energy Transition Partnership, etc.) where appropriate (see below – Project coordination);
  • Build & consolidate CRESYM’s R&I portfolio;
  • Report to the Board & General Assembly about the Association’s work program & every Project;
  • Act as secretary to the Projects’ Committee.

 

Project Coordination

Every Scientific advisor may be assigned one or more Project(s). For every Project (s)he would be assigned to, the Scientific Advisor will have to:

In the initiation phase,

  • support the interested Members to assess the opportunity of a new Project, gather industrial needs (use cases) and supporting literature, clarify goals and methods and draft the Project description; and
  • once the Project description is approved by the Projects Committee, liaise with the would-be Participants, identify the required skills, devise and set up the Project Workplan (deliverables, tasks, schedule, budget), fostering consensus and engagement.

In the implementation phase (once the Project Agreement is signed):

  • depending on its own workload and assignment in the Project, act as, or support, the Project Leader;
  • prepare the Project Management Board and Project Supervisory Board meetings;
  • implement their decisions as far as the Project management is concerned, and especially update the Workplan and phased budget;
  • contribute to the successful implementation of the Project tasks, coordinating and animating the Project team, controlling the budget, validating the outputs and checking their adequacy with the Project expectations, reporting to the Projects Committee.

At Project end (in coordination with the IT Assets & Projects Manager)

  • assess the Project’s scientific outcomes (or have them validated by the relevant experts);
  • check the smooth take-over of the deliverables (Assets) by industry, their easy accessibility and dissemination,
  • if appropriate, organising the industrialisation phase of R&I results, esp. with the Linux Foundation for Energy, under

 

DoNets

Every Scientific Advisor will be in charge of one (or more) researcher network(s) (“DoNet(s)”), and especially for each:

  • Have the involved researchers gathering once or twice a year (esp. during cresROADS), for joint workshops, training &/o industrial site visits/interviews;
  • Check the training needs & organise the relevant join training sessions;
  • Help industry & research people network together to ease recruitment of PhD graduates by industry.

 

Support to corporate activities

Every Scientific advisor may contribute to:

  • the organisation of one or more Asset management & exploitation activities (e.g. COLib), coordinated by the IT Asset & Projects Manager.
  • the setup of a training offer available to Members, based on academic Members’ needs and industrial members expected standards.
  • the organisation of Association’s events (esp. cresROADS, & cresCENDOs), coordinated by the General Manager;
  • the Association’s advocacy, dissemination & communication activities, coordinated by the General Manager.

Every Scientific Advisor will participate, when appropriate, to external conferences, events, meetings with Members and other Association’s partners. (S)he may represent the Association vis-a-vis stakeholders, contribute to the hiring of new members and new staff.

 

Your profile

Every Scientific Advisor should:

  • be excited about new technologies and interested in contributing to fostering research for the energy sector;
  • have a suitable technical or university degree (e.g. in the field of applied mathematics, power systems, energy…) or else a comparable qualification through professional training;
  • be confident in using Linux & Windows and MS Office tools;
  • like to work in a team as well as autonomously;
  • be fond of structured work and procedures;
  • speak, write & read English;

and possibly also:

  • master software intellectual property & open source concepts and their implementation;
  • have a past experience with a transmission system operator for electricity or gas;
  • be comfortable with working with git and code review processes;
  • be open to the use of different programming languages back & front.

 

About us

CRESYM is a less-than-a-year-old, less-than-10 employee non-profit structure.

We are devoted to speed up the energy transition and secure future energy systems operation by

  • bridging industry & academia together (our Members);
  • catalysing the set up, and running R&D projects with opensource outcomes (our Projects);
  • promoting R&D results and/or organising their industrialisation (our Assets);
  • helping skilled engineers/scientists and recruiting energy operators to match together (our DoNets);

Our employees enjoy a motivating and innovative environment with varied work areas, that they can actively help to shape, and flexible HR procedures to propose a good work-life balance.

We are committed to protect privacy and promote diversity & gender equality.

 

[1] Collaborative Research for Energy SYstem Modelling – https://cresym.eu

[2] E.g. (existing) PSy about Power System Stability, MESTo – cross-sector coupling; or (upcoming) DiSST – DSO matters; CoRFu – Control Room of the Future; IAM – asset management; & advanced computing, gases…