Research Fellow in Energy Studies Ref: 4260

School/department: University of Sussex Business School / Science Policy Research Unit
Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed term for 2 years from December 2020 until November 2022
Salary: Starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum.
Placed on: 01 October 2020
Closing date:  30 October 2020.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: Early November 2020
Expected start date: Between December 2020 and January 2021

Job description 

The Sussex Energy Group, within the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex Business School, are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow in Energy Studies to work with Professor Benjamin Sovacool and teams on a range of newly funded projects, including CINTRAN - Carbon Intensive Regions in Transition (in a consortium led by Wupperthal Institute), JUSTNORTH - Toward just, equitable and sustainable Arctic economies, environments and societies (in a consortium led by the University of Uppsala), FAIR - Fuel and transport poverty in the UK’s energy, and IDRIC – Industrial Decarbonization Research and Innovation Centre. 

The Research Fellow will assist Professor Sovacool with these projects, including: collecting original data via field research, research interviews, focus groups, and other techniques; transcribing, coding, and analysing this data; the writing of case studies; the writing of reviews; the publication of academic outputs; other research assistance as needed. 

Essential criteria for the positions are:

  1. A PhD (obtained at the time of the appointment) in business studies, energy studies, energy policy, science and technology policy studies, energy geography, political science, public policy, innovation studies, sustainability transitions, or a related area
  2. Able to begin between December 2020 or January 2021 and be able and willing to travel for field work (at up to 2-3 weeks at a time), project meetings and conferences.
  3. The analytical skills or experience necessary to apply existing concepts and theories about sustainability transitions, sociotechnical transitions, political economy, ecology, and/or social justice
  4. Strong knowledge and methods training, and experience, in qualitative techniques such as field research and interviewing, database management, and experience writing case studies
  5. Evidence of the ability to communicate effectively to academic, policy and non-academic audiences. 

Applications are invited from candidates at Research Fellow I (Grade 7). 

Informal enquiries may be made with Prof Benjamin Sovacool  

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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