Research Fellow in Digital Technologies and Energy Productivity Ref 3523

School/department: University of Sussex Business School, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)
Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed term for 24 months. 
Reference: 3523
Salary: Starting at £33,797 per annum and rising to £40,322 per annum.
Placed on: 13 May 2020
Closing date: 13 June 2020. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: To be confirmed.
Expected start date: 1 September 2020

Job description

The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to investigate the present and potential future contribution of digital technologies to reducing energy demand and improving energy productivity. This project forms part of the Digital Society theme of the UK Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS), which involves more than 100 academics at 15 UK institutions.

Digital technologies have transformed industrial societies and have complex implications for energy demand. On the one hand, digital technologies offer many opportunities for reducing energy consumption, such as optimising energy use in buildings and displacing the transport and consumption of material commodities. On the other hand, the digital economy has a large and rapidly growing energy footprint, with improvements in the energy efficiency of individual devices being offset by increases in the number, power, complexity and range of applications of those devices, together with the growth of energy-intensive digital services.

The successful candidate will undertake research on the future impact of digital technologies on UK energy demand. This will involve developing qualitative storylines of the application of digital technologies in a range of areas and using these to adjust existing scenarios of UK energy demand. To achieve this, the candidate must have the ability to understand, integrate and synthesise a wide range of quantitative and qualitative evidence in this area. The candidate must also be able to interact with industry and policy stakeholders, conduct interviews, run workshops, and develop and apply spreadsheet models. Previous experience of developing scenarios would be an advantage for this work, as would evidence of working within an interdisciplinary environment. The successful candidate will have the opportunity of developing and contributing to follow-up projects in this area.

Informal enquiries should be made to Professor Tim Foxon ( or Professor Steve Sorrell (

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