Research Assistant in Sustainability Transitions Ref 3292

School/department: University of Sussex Business School 
Hours: Part time hours considered up to a maximum of 11.24 hours per week (0.3 FTE) Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need) 
Contract: Fixed term till 31 August 2020
Reference: 3292
Salary: Starting at £30,046 and rising to £33,797 per annum, pro rata
Placed on: 13 February 2020
Closing date: 28 February 2020. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: 6 March 2020
Expected start date: 16 March 2020 (or as soon as possible afterwards)

Job description

The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) within the University of Sussex Business School are seeking to appoint a part time Research Assistant to work with Dr Bipashyee Ghosh (SPRU) and Professor Johan Schot (University of Utrecht) on a number of tasks in the Deep transitions project including writing an introductory book on Sustainability transitions. The book is aimed to provide an advanced introduction to the field to an academic as well as non-academic audience, facilitating teaching and policy engagement processes.

The successful candidate for the Research Assistant position will have a masters degree in a relevant subject and a broad knowledge of sustainability transitions and transformations literature. The candidate needs to be interested to learn about recent developments in the literature. The main tasks will be to search for, review, collect and summarize literature, maintain a data base of relevant publications. The candidate needs to be familiar with using Scopus, Web of science, Google Scholar, Mendeley and other tools to systematically build and share databases of both scholarly and grey literature. The role also includes coordination within and across teams to organize meetings and workshops if required. It is possible that this work could be conducted remotely.

Informal enquiries may be made with Dr Bipashyee Ghosh (

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