Research Fellow in Energy Studies Ref 8503

School/department: University of Sussex Business School, Science Policy Research Unit  
Hours:  full time or part time hours  considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE, 37.5 hours. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for six months starting September 2022
Reference: 8503
Salary: starting at £34,304 to £40,927 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on:  03 May 2022
Closing date:  13 May 2022   Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: TBC
Expected start date: September 2022

Job description

This vacancy is only open to those currently employed by the University of Sussex

The University of Sussex Business School is seeking to recruit a Research Fellow in Energy Studies to support the newly launched ACCESS project.  Advancing Capacity for Climate and Environment Social Science (ACCESS) aims to champion and coordinate social science to address key environmental challenges spanning biodiversity, sustainability and decarbonisation.

 The Research Fellow will:

  • conduct workshops with stakeholders to evaluate factors that influence successful collaborative working
  • analyse, review and assess a range of methods to support the use of social science in interdisciplinary research, policy and practice;
  • Manage data collection and evidence gathering with business and civil society actors in the space of interdisciplinary environmental social science
  • Draft and write recommendations and articles for planners and academics

 Essential criteria for the post include:

  1. A PhD in a related area (e.g. energy social science research or other relevant social science research)
  2. Knowledgeable about themes in interdisciplinary collaboration and research
  3. Good general knowledge about UK energy policy
  4. Proven ability to organise, undertake and analyse systematically in-depth qualitative interviews with a range of policy, practitioner and lay subjects to academic and ethical standards
  5. Experience organising workshops with policy, practitioner and lay participants, and documenting and analysing workshops
  6. Demonstrate an ability to write reports and blogpost for non-academic audiences, particularly policy-makers and think tanks
  7. Experience presenting research to academics and policy-makers at conferences and workshops
  8. Ability to use qualitative analysis software

Please contact Professor Sovacool  for informal enquiries.

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

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification Ref 8503 [PDF 122.34KB]

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