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University Academic Fellow in Energy Demand

University of Leeds - School of Earth and Environment, Faculty of Environment

Location: Leeds
Salary: £40,792 to £48,677 per annum (Grade 8)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 28th January 2019
Closes: 10th March 2019
Job Ref: ENVEE1303

Are you an experienced and ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a strong research background in Energy Demand? Do you want to further your career in a World-Leading research group and a research-intensive Russell Group University?

With a vision and drive to contribute to a World-Leading research portfolio, as well as a passion for undertaking research-led teaching, you will make a significant impact on the performance, stature and profile of research and student education at The University of Leeds.

At an international and national level, providing affordable, secure and low carbon energy has become a priority. There is an urgent need to introduce the strategies and policies needed to deliver rapid reductions in Greenhouse Gas emissions while recognising that energy provides essential services to secure a good quality of life for all. One of the key strategies to deliver the strigent carbon targets is to reduce energy demand through the introduction of energy efficiency strategies.

However, this has resulted in only modest decreases in energy demand in the UK. To deliver more rapid energy reduction requires more than efficiency improvements; it requires a systemic understanding of the services that energy delivers to households, how energy interacts with the economy and an appreciation of the mitigation potential of lifestyle changes.

With this in mind, we are looking for a future research leader with the capability, inventiveness and initiative to work alongside our established team on any of the following areas:

  • The interaction between energy demand and the economy;
  • The distribution of energy demand across society;
  • Evaluation of energy demand strategies to deliver climate change mitigation.

We have a well established national leadership in energy demand reduction applying a wide range of quantitative approaches including multi-regional input-output analysis, econometrics, energy analysis and policy assessment. You will have experience in one of these modelling techniques and be interested in applying these approaches to understanding energy demand from a whole systems perspective.

The School is a key partner in the Centre for Research in Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) which is a £19M UKRI centre running until 2023. You will work closely with the team in Leeds to help deliver their programme of research. Joining the centre will allow you to access to many of the leading academics from across the UK related to energy demand. In addition, the team at Leeds has close connections with UK policy makers regularly advising and providing evidence in BEIS, Defra, the Scottish Government and the Committee on Climate Change.

Career Pathway: Tenure track equivalent post requiring successful completion of a 5 year development plan, leading to appointment to a grade 9 Associate Professor, with the potential for accelerated progression.

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