Posted on: 7 August, 2019
Application deadline: August 29, 2019

Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Geography, University of Exeter, UK

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job reference P68591

Date posted 01/08/2019

Application closing date 29/08/2019

Location Exeter

Salary The starting salary will be from £29,515 up to £34,189 on Grade (E), depending on qualifications and experience.

Package Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Research Job description

College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Geography
The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in the SHIFFT (Sustainable Heating: Implementation of Fossil-Free Technologies) project, funded under the EU INTERREG programme. The full-time post is available for 18 months from the 1st September, or as soon as possible afterwards. The post is based in Geography at the Streatham campus in Exeter, Devon. You will join the SHIFFT project team including the University of Exeter, Delft University of Technology and non-academic partners in the UK, Belgium and France. The project objective is to reduce CO2 emissions in the built environment by reducing the use of fossil fuels used for heating existing household and community buildings. 
About the role
The post will involve producing state of the art guidance to inform the co-production of local sustainable energy systems, working collaboratively with non-academic partners to implement this guidance in a series of co-creation pilot projects, conducting fieldwork using appropriate research methods, as well as contributing to other project tasks. The successful applicant will be able to develop new concepts and ideas to extend intellectual understanding, work collaboratively with local stakeholders, undertake research of high methodological rigour, write up findings in high quality journal publications as well as non-technical reports, and generate impact on policy and practice.
About you
The successful applicant will possess a PhD (awarded or nearing completion) or equivalent qualification/experience in Human Geography, Environmental Psychology, Science and Technology Studies or other relevant social science and be able to work independently in fieldwork contexts. An essential attribute will be the ablity to work collaboratively across the project team and to co-produce research with local stakeholders.  
For further information please contact Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, e-mail or telephone 00 44 (0)1392 72 2298.
The University of Exeter 
We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. 
Our research income in recent years means we’re fastest growing UK Research University and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and we encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. 
With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce. 
We offer some fantastic benefits including:
41 days leave per year Options for flexible working Numerous discounts at leading retailers Onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme Sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy Stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England
The closing date is Thursday August 29th 2019. Interviews are expected to take place on Monday 9th September, with employment commencing as soon as possible thereafter.
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.