Research Fellow in Advanced Energy Studies Ref 8178

School/department: University of Sussex Business School / Science Policy Research Unit
Hours: full time 37.5 hours. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 2 years 
Reference: 8178
Salary: starting at £42,149 to £50,269 per annum
Placed on: 29 March 2022
Closing date:  04 May 2022.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: May 2022
Expected start date: July 2022

Job description

The Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex Business School is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow in Energy Studies to work with Professor Benjamin Sovacool and teams on a range of interdisciplinary research projects, including IDRIC – Industrial Decarbonization Research and Innovation Centre and GENIE - GeoEngineering and NegatIve Emissions pathways in Europe.

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. Ability to begin in July or August 2022 and be able and willing to travel for field work (at up to 2-3 weeks at a time), project meetings and conferences.
  3. 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.

Informal enquiries may be made with Prof Benjamin Sovacool

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