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Early Stage Researcher (MISTRAL MSCA-ITN)

Queen's University Belfast - School of Natural and Built Environment

15 full-time Early Stage Researcher positions are available in the MISTRAL European Training Network, funded by a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie action within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission.

Funded for 4 years, MISTRAL (Multi-sectoral approaches to Innovative Skills Training for Renewable energy & sociAL acceptance) is a European Training Network of 7 beneficiaries (Queen’s University Belfast, University of Exeter, University College Cork, University of St.Gallen, University Institute of Lisbon, Institute for Future Energy Systems (IZES gGmbH), Technical University of Denmark) and 15 global partners who will collaborate to evaluate the complexity of social acceptance issues facing the deployment of renewable energy infrastructure, and propose innovative solutions in a variety of research, government and business contexts. Supported by an External Advisory Board consisting of world leading experts, the project aims to provide an innovative training environment where young researchers can develop advanced skills in research and transferable skills, benefit from a range of diverse secondment experiences and debate current issues with some of the world leading researchers in the field, in order to develop advanced capacities for progressing Europe’s energy transition.

Research disciplines in MISTRAL will include Policy Analysis, Geography, Science Technology and Society studies, Environmental Psychology, Engineering, Environmental Planning, Economics, and Finance.

Successful applicants will be offered a 36-month employee contract at one of the beneficiaries, and receive a salary set out by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations. The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and, if appropriate, a family allowance. It is expected that the ESRs will register for a PhD. For more information on being a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow (ESR) and to find out about the projects available, please visit

Applications for the positions will be through a central application process hosted by Queen’s University Belfast. Please note that successful applicants must comply with career stage and mobility criteria in order to be eligible for appointment.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Have or about to obtain a 1st class or 2.1 Honour Degree or equivalent in a discipline relevant to the area of study, including those encompassing energy policy, environmental planning, policy analysis and political science.
  • Relevant experience of research techniques such as policy analysis, interviews and comparative case studies.
  • Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in available techniques for investigation of social acceptance of renewable energy in an inter-disciplinary context.
  • Willingness to contribute to the School and project outreach activities.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to logically conceptualise and summarise the research findings.
  • Advanced analytical skills.

Closing date: Tuesday 26 February 2019

For full criteria and to apply online, visit You must clearly demonstrate how you are meeting the criteria on your application.  For further information or assistance contact Resourcing Team, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Belfast
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th January 2019
Closes: 26th February 2019
Reference: 19/107104
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