Research Fellow

University of Nottingham - Department of Architecture and Built Environment

Salary will depend on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

Project SCENe - Research and Development of Community Energy Schemes

Applications are invited for the above post within the Architecture, Energy and Environment research group at the Department of Architecture & Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham.

The Innovate UK funded Project SCENe (Sustainable Community Energy Networks) looks to accelerate the adoption of community energy schemes in the UK by investigating a different way of generating and supplying heat and electricity to houses and commercial buildings. Locally produced energy will be used by the community with minimal or no reliance on the national grid. The potential benefits include reduced cost, higher infrastructure, economic and social resilience, and more efficient use of renewables to reduce the overall carbon emissions from the energy sector.

The project demonstration site is a new housing development at the Nottingham River Trent Basin. The site is the nucleus of the ~2,000 home development of the Nottingham Waterside regeneration project.

SCENe will use 120 energy efficient homes (apartments and houses) to test the proposed community energy scheme. If successful, it is hoped that the technologies and business model developed will be applied across Nottingham Waterside and beyond.

SCENe is a large multidisciplinary consortia project that builds on a strong partnership of UK and world leading companies and academia. The project also benefits from additional capital investment from ERA, the UK Energy Research Accelerator, which is part of the Midlands Innovation Group of higher education institutions.

The successful candidate will closely collaborate with industry partners and be responsible primarily for gathering and analysing data that will look at the community energy scheme’s planning and decision-making processes, and the consumers’ engagement.

The successful candidate will develop and deploy data gathering methods, such as household surveys and consumer questionnaires, to report on socio-economic benefits of the scheme from the consumer’s and community’s perspectives. The researcher will also work with partners to develop the community’s communication and engagement platform that will allow the mapping of citizen engagement and behaviour change, and link it to the potential build-up of social capital, cohesion and resilience.

Candidates must hold an appropriate social science/science degree level qualification and a PhD in an appropriate field (e.g. urban design and planning, participatory governance, energy policy, and energy-public-policy relations). Ideal candidates will also have expertise in energy, survey designs, and data acquisition and analysis.

The ideal candidate will understand energy use in the built environment and have strong organizational skills, excellent communication and presentation skills, and the ability to interact professionally with industrial partners and work in a large multidisciplinary team.

This is fixed-term post until 31st May 2018.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Lucelia Rodrigues telephone +44(0) 115 95 13176 or email Lucelia.Rodrigues@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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