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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Location: Exeter
Salary: The starting salary will be from £36,382 up to £47,419 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th October 2021
Closes: 25th October 2021
Job Ref: P78494

College of Life and Environmental Sciences – Geography

This full-time post is available for three years from 1 January 2022 on a fixed term basis until 31 December 2024. 

The College wishes to recruit a Research Fellow to participate in the MISTRA Electrification research consortium. The post is based at Geography, Streatham campus in Exeter, Devon.

To respond to the climate emergency, Sweden plans to double the quantity of electricity generated using low carbon technologies such as wind energy. The MISTRA Electrification research consortium aims to create actionable knowledge for a feasible and fair transition to a sustainable, efficient energy system in Sweden. The program of research will help to realise the potential for low-carbon electricity to decarbonise industry, heating and transport; inform decisions taken by government and industry; accelerate Sweden’s progress towards its energy and climate targets; and support mutual learning regarding the unfolding energy transition.

Summary of the role 

The post will involve conducting research (including fieldwork in Sweden as appropriate) on citizen engagement with low carbon energy projects. This will encompass work with stakeholders from policy and business sectors critically exploring assumptions about social acceptability and community objections, as well as work with citizens on low carbon energy technologies (e.g. wind energy projects) in different regional and landscape contexts.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals, identify sources of research funding, contribute to the process of securing funds, and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in Human Geography, Environmental Psychology or other relevant social science and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies.  The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants will be able to extend intellectual understanding on the social acceptability of energy transitions, undertake research of high methodological rigour, write up findings in high quality journal publications and generate impact on policy and practice. You will have the ability to conduct fieldwork in Sweden, work collaboratively with other disciplines, and to communicate effectively with stakeholders.  

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role

Further information

For further information please contact Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, e-mail or telephone (01392) 722298. 

The closing date for completed applications is 25 October 2021. 

The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

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