Research Fellow in Governance of Heat Transitions Ref 5635

School/department: University of Sussex Business School, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)
Hours: Full time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed term for 18 months 
Reference: 5635
Salary: Starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum at Grade 7, starting at £41,526 to £49,553 at Grade 8.
Placed on: 16 April 2021
Closing date: 21 May 2021. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: To be confirmed.
Expected start date: Between June and September 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 Heat Transitions to work with Dr Matthew Lockwood and team on a newly funded project Going Dutch? comparing UK and Dutch approaches to the decarbonisation of domestic heating.

The Research Fellow will map and analyse the governance and institutional context of heat decarbonisation efforts in the Netherlands; track local activities and outcomes in municipalities; assess the characteristics of Dutch heat transition governance; contribute to comparisons with the UK, recommendations and dissemination.

Essential criteria for the positions are:

  1. A PhD (obtained at the time of the appointment) in energy studies, energy policy, science and technology policy studies, energy geography, political science, innovation studies, sustainability transitions, or a related area
  2. Able to begin between May and June 2021 and be able and willing to undertake research in the Netherlands
  3. Fluency in reading and speaking Dutch
  4. The analytical skills or experience necessary to apply existing concepts and theories about governance, institutions and energy transitions
  5. Strong knowledge and methods training, and experience, in qualitative techniques such as field research and interviewing, database management, and experience writing case studies
  6. 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) and Research Fellow II (Grade 8) levels. 

Informal enquiries may be made with Dr Matthew Lockwood.

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

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