Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)

Location: Aston University Main Campus
Salary: £33,797 per annum
Grade: Grade 08
Contract Type: Fixed Term (until 31st October 2022)
Basis: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 15 November 2020
Interview Date: See advert
Reference: R200282
Release Date: Thursday 15 October 2020

The Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute at Aston University seeks applications for a post-doctoral research fellow to carry out socio-economic and sustainability assessment. This position will offer the unique opportunity to apply social science analytical skills in a development context to deliver real and sustainable environmental change. 

The postholder will work on two UKRI funded projects:

Socio-economic and sustainability assessment of bioenergy systems as a part of Topic Group Systems of the EPSRC/BBSRC funded “Supergen Bioenergy Hub” (SGBH) and Socio-economic and sustainability assessment of business models for the Straw Innovations rice straw biogas pilot plant in the Philippines as part of the Enhanced Rice Straw Biogas funded by Innovate UK.

The Supergen Bioenergy Hub (SGBH) works with academia, industry, government and societal stakeholders to develop sustainable bioenergy systems that support the UK’s transition to an affordable, resilient, low-carbon energy future. 

Enhanced Rice Straw Biogas is funded by Innovate UK under the Energy Catalyst programme (round 7). The project is based around an existing biogas pilot plant run by Straw Innovations Ltd that utilises rice straw to produce biogas for local energy use. It is the first-of-its-kind facility in the world and provides solutions for sustainable straw management and energy access. 

Knowledge of bioenergy systems and sustainability are essential and the postholder is expected to hold a first degree and PhD in a relevant subject e.g. energy, energy access, sustainability, environmental studies, international development etc. Experience in socio-economic or social assessment and in fieldwork and community engagement is required. An understanding for energy, sustainability, climate change and policy is required. A demonstrated track record of independent working, time management and successful delivery of objectives is essential.

Please note redeployees will be given priority consideration for vacancies.

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