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Research Assistant in Community Energy (Fixed term, part time)


Location:  University Park
Salary:  £29,762 to £33,348 per annum pro-rata depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Tuesday 30 May 2023
Reference:  ENG195723

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an ambitious  researcher to join our team working on an Innovate UK funded project named African SCENe: Sustainable Community Energy Networks.

African SCENe is a 12-month feasibility study that explore how schools within low-income suburban communities in Nairobi, Kenya can become clean energy hubs. These energy hubs will be capable of generating, storing and distributing clean energy for the community they serve, accelerating access to adequate, affordable, and reliable renewable energy in Kenya, whilst enhancing energy awareness and education. The work will look at business models that can enable this to happen in line with learnings from past projects developed by the partners. The project will be developed in Nottingham, UK, but will involve an opportunity to travel to Nairobi, Kenya. 

We are looking for a research assistant who can deliver the research whilst helping to manage project delivery. Therefore, it is essential that candidates have knowledge and skills in research in energy in buildings and communities, and experience in project management. Knowledge and experience in economic aspects of energy in buildings and community energy schemes are highly desirable. Candidates must hold a Degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant science/engineering /built environment discipline, such as sustainable energy technologies, buildings energy efficiency and renewable energy. 

The successful candidate will also possess excellent standards of written and spoken English, skills in writing reports and presentations, ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team within the group and within the project, and enthusiasm, motivation and drive to embed new knowledge and to take ownership of the relevant work package within project. Relevant industry experience (including work placements) is desirable but not essential. 

This is a part-time (21.75 hours per week), fixed-term role until 31st March 2024. Based at University Park Campus, University of Nottingham.

Requests for secondment from internal candidates may be considered on the basis that prior agreement has been sought from both your current line manager and the manager of your substantive post, if you are already undertaking a secondment role.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Lucelia Rodrigues, email:
Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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