Closing Soon! Two Research Fellowships in Energy Justice and Transitions

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 June-October 2020 until June-October 2022
Reference: 3492
Salary: Grade 7 starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum. Grade 8 starting at £41,526 to £49,553 per annum
Placed on: 27 March 2020
Closing date: 27 April 2020. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected virtual interview date: w/c 11 May 2020
Expected start date: Between June and October 2020

Job description

The Sussex Energy Group, within the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex Business School, are seeking to appoint three Research Fellows in Energy Justice and Transitions 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), and CREDS – Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (in a consortium led by the University of Oxford).

The Research Fellows will examine the sustainability, equity, power, and/or justice implications of low-carbon energy transitions; co-lead the research design, analysis, and writing of case studies of justice and decarbonisation with fieldwork in Northern and Central Europe and/or the Arctic; and assist with other outputs examining conceptual and empirical applications of energy transitions and/or energy justice.

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 June and October 2020 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) and Research Fellow II (Grade 8) levels.

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.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 3492) (PDF XKB)

How to apply

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