Postdoctoral Research Associate

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 12 Dec 2021

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences

This part-time (0.6 FTE) post is available immediately on a fixed term basis until 31 August 2022.

The post

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the work of Iain Soutar on the Net Zero Communities (NZCom) research project. This project is exploring the potential for combinations of technologies and business models to help a local community (Wadebridge and Padstow) reach net zero by 2050 while addressing the needs of vulnerable customers. This WPD funded post is available immediately until 31 August 2022. 

The post will be based at The Centre for Geography, Environment and Society within the College of Life and Environmental Sciences on the Penryn Campus. The successful applicant will work with external project partners, and in particular contributing to a work package led by Exeter on the development of a set of scenarios that align with net zero ambitions while also supporting the needs of vulnerable (domestic and non-domestic) customers. 

Experience of scenario analysis is desirable, but not essential. The post will primarily involve reviewing the literature on the interaction between technologies, business models and vulnerabilities, designing and facilitating stakeholder workshops, qualitative data analysis, report writing, and the documentation of methodologies. 

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Experience/education in scenario analysis is desirable, not essential. However, applicants will have experience or education in energy policy (or a related field) and qualitative social science research methods.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

Further information

For further information please contact Iain Soutar, e-mail i.soutar@exeter.ac.uk  

The closing date for completed applications is 12 December 2021.


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