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Senior Research Associate (Fixed-term, x2)

University of East Anglia - Norwich Business School

Location: Norwich
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 2nd February 2021
Closes: 1st March 2021
Job Ref: RA1828

UEA has some of the most innovative and highly regarded centres for research in the UK. Applications are invited for the post of Senior Research Associate to undertake research under the supervision of the Principal Investigator Professor Konstantinos Chalvatzis in topics relevant to low carbon energy innovation, user engagement with energy technologies and regulation for sustainable energy. This role will be part of Intelligent Community Energy project (funded by INTERREG FCE). 

The project aims to design and implement innovative smart energy solutions for isolated territories in the Channel area. Geographically, the project focuses on remote regions of South England and North France (see INTERREG FCE specific territories). Islands and isolated communities face unique energy challenges which the project aims to address. ICE (visit is a consortium project that has already been running since 2016 and UEA’s role is on providing one of the demonstration sites and activities such as energy user engagement, regulatory advances for energy prosumers and comparative studies among the remote energy locations. 

Depending on their specific background and expertise the successful applicant will be involved in at least one of the project’s activities, in energy user engagement for remote communities, regulatory analysis for low carbon energy innovation and energy innovation analysis. Part of the work will involve organising and contributing to the team meetings and contributing to consortium meetings either in person (depending on official advice on the pandemic) or online. Moreover, the researcher will be given opportunities to lead on certain deliverable reports and contribute on joint research papers relevant to their research contribution.

A relevant postgraduate research degree or significant research experience in environmental social sciences or energy aspects of engineering, law or business management will be essential to this role. You should also have excellent oral and written communication skills and either experience in contributing to academic conference presentations or journal publications or the being on track to do so; and be able to meet all the essential criteria set out in the Person Specification.

Depending on safety advice regarding the pandemic, the project might require travel to north France for consortium meetings or in other locations in South England where the UK partners are based. 

This post is available from 1 April 2021, on a full-time, fixed-term basis to 30 September 2021. 

Closing Date: Monday 1 March 2021 

The University is a Silver Athena Swan Award holder.

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