Research Associate

University of Cambridge - Department of Politics and International Studies

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Research Associate in Energy Policy to support a major new EU H2020-funded project called INNOPATHS, led by Prof. Laura Diaz Anadon, Professor of Climate Change Policy at the Department of Land Economy.

INNOPATHS has top EU partners and Prof. Anadon is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Cambridge portion of this major project. The Research Associate will work in the theme of energy technology, economics, and policy. The appointment is fixed-term and will be for 12 months in the first instance with the possibility of extension until 31 August 2019.

The overall objective of INNOPATHS is to work with key economic and societal actors to generate new enhanced low-carbon pathways for the European Union, taking full account of the global context. This objective aligns with the priorities of the Paris Agreement and the EU climate and energy policy commitments for 2020, 2030 and 2050.

Directed by Prof. Anadon, the Research Associate will take a central role in the research needed to address three key aims of the project. The Research Associate will conduct research, with the PI, on the role of different policies promoting different types of technology innovation outcomes in energy, on the role of technology spillovers, and on managing technology and other uncertainties. The role will involve taking initiative in shaping this research, and working with and coordinating different INNOPATHS project partners. The appointee will also play a central role in the projects outreach and policy engagement efforts, including departmental and project seminars and workshops and interactions with other faculty members and students at Cambridge when relevant.

Candidates should have a PhD (submitted or nearly submitted at the time of application) in a field relevant to the interface of energy technology, economics, and public policy. Examples of relevant disciplines include (but are not limited to): social sciences such as public policy, economics, and related disciplines with expertise in areas related to energy production and consumption; or any physical, natural, or engineering science, with a knowledge and/or experience of energy policy. They should provide evidence of potential for research and publication at the highest level, as well as a strong interest in engagement in empirically-grounded, quantitative, and multi-disciplinary research.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The application deadline for this post is Monday 11 September 2017. We anticipate that interviews will be held in late September 2017.

Please quote reference UE13045 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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