Postdoctoral Research Fellows in Energy Modelling – Transport and Bioenergy

Economic and Social Research Institute - ESRI

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) invites applications from economists for Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join the energy research team.  ESRI wishes to recruit two positions, one focusing on energy in transport and one on bioenergy and heat supply.

The Institute

The Economic and Social Research Institute, founded in 1960, is located in Dublin’s South Docklands area. Its mission is to produce high quality research, relevant to Ireland’s economic and social development, with the aim of contributing to knowledge and informing policymaking and public debate. It has over 100 staff including economists, sociologists and other social scientists, in addition to support and technical staff.

The Energy Policy Research Centre (EPRC) at the ESRI

One of the Postdoctoral Research Fellows will work on bioenergy and heat.  The bioenergy focus will exam the economic barriers to end-use of bioenergy in the commercial sector, whereas the focus of heat supply will be on developing a model of decision-making surrounding heating of buildings (with an objective of understanding barriers to fuel switching to more sustainable options). 

This second Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work on modelling energy use in transport.  This position will collaborate with the ESRI’s Research Programme on Climate, Energy and the Economy (RPCEE).  The RPCEE is enhancing the ESRI’s modelling capability in assessing the relationship between economic trends, policies and energy demand and associated greenhouse gas emissions by constructing an energy Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model of the Irish economy. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will contribute to the development of the transport demand module.  This model will be linked to the ESRI’s macro-econometric COSMO model.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Ph.D. in economics (completed or nearing completion);
  • Excellent writing skills; 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully within a highly motivated team and on their own initiative; 
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality output to tight deadlines;
  • Experience of working on multi partner projects an advantage
  • Flexibility and capacity to contribute to other areas of ESRI research.
  • Energy in Transport position: research experience in transport demand modelling, including econometric estimations of demand mechanisms. CGE modelling experience is beneficial. Familiarity with modelling using GAMS or Matlab is highly desirable.
  • Bioenergy and Heat Supply position: research experience in theoretical model development, applied modelling and econometric estimation. Experience in energy is beneficial.

Terms & Application Procedure

Appointments will be on a three-year fixed-term contract basis and salary will be in the range €39,554 - €43,838, commensurate with experience. The successful candidates will be based in the ESRI offices in Dublin 2. The successful candidate for the Bioenergy and Heat Supply position will also spend time with research collaborators at SEAI’s offices also in Dublin 2.

To apply for this position please click on the link below. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 22nd January 2018. All applications will be acknowledged. Late or incomplete applications will not be processed.

The ESRI is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to accommodating the needs of people with disabilities to enable them to participate in the selection process. Please let us know if you have any particular requirements should you be invited for assessment/interview or that you wish us to take into account when considering your application.

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