Research Associate

Imperial College London - Centre for Energy Policy and Technology

Faculty of Natural Sciences

(Energy Policy Briefing Papers)

Salary range: £36,800 - £44,220 per annum

A Research Associate position is available in the Centre for Environmental Policy within the Faculty of Natural Sciences, at the South Kensington Campus.

The key responsibility of the post is the preparation and dissemination of a Briefing Paper on the topic of energy consumer engagement in demand response. The post holder will undertake this review, drawing expertise from around the College and from the international evidence base, to produce and deliver a high quality paper, seeking to influence policymakers and other stakeholders.

The work will comprise primarily desk-based research on socio-economic, technical and policy questions that affect demand response.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To deliver a Briefing Paper on demand response for the Energy Futures Lab.
  • To manage the preparation and delivery of the Briefing Papers.
  • To carry out data gathering, assessment and synthesis of the issues surrounding demand response using best practice in evidence-based policy
  • To present findings via preparation of assessment reports and papers for publication in referred journals, workshop or conference presentations.
  • To deliver undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

You must have

  • A PhD degree (or equivalent) in energy economics, science policy or evidence based policy and practice, or any other energy related discipline.
  • A broad understanding of energy system operation and energy technologies.
  • Experience of UK energy policy analysis, particularly around demand response and consumer engagement.
  • Familiarity with economics, regulation and technological dimensions of the UK energy system.
  • Understanding of techniques for evidence based policy and practice.
  • Experience of the identification, collection, preparation and analysis of energy and environmental data.

You must also have

  • Ability to carry out identification, collection, preparation and analysis of policy, technical and economic data of both a quantitative and qualitative nature.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication.
  • Ability to synthesise, summarise and articulate complex technical ideas for a range of audiences.
  • A creative approach to problem-solving and be able to work effectively as part of a team as well as independently.

This is a fixed term position available for up to 6 months with a possibility of extension subject to funding.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

For informal queries about the post please contact Dr Robert Gross, (

Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please email Miss Laila Pastor at, to request an application form.

For technical queries during the application process, please contact

Closing Date: 24 March 2018 (Midnight GMT)

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