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Research Fellow in Energy Transitions


Energy Institute, University College London

Background of Organization

University College London (UCL) is London’s leading multi-disciplinary university. UCL’s research and teaching is organised within 11 faculties, each housing a number of departments. Together they form an academic powerhouse covering the arts, humanities and sciences. UCL has 983 professors and more than 6,000 academic and research staff who are dedicated to research and teaching of the highest standards. The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources (BSEER) is home to four Institutes that specialise in Energy, Environment, Resources and Heritage. The UCL Energy Institute delivers world-leading learning, research and policy support on the challenges of climate change and energy security. Most energy problems are multidisciplinary in nature, spanning science, engineering and the social sciences. Therefore, different approaches are needed to understand and tackle these issues. UCL-Energy works to develop a range of tools, models and methods to address the energy challenges facing the world.


Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0NN, UK

Contact Person

Dr Ilkka Keppo, UCL Energy Institute
020 3108 9072 (Ex: 59072). Email [email protected]


Research Fellow in Energy Transitions

Job Location

central London, UK


We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date 21 Oct 2019

Latest time for the submission of applications 23.59

Interview date 30 October 2019

Position Description

To build, critique and apply system dynamics energy models, and other approaches that can be used in socio-technical energy transitions(STET) modelling.

To complete key tasks and outcomes in the O-STET,NAVIGATE, EnergyRev and UKERC projects, including publishing and disseminating findings.

To be a core member of the energy systems theme of the UCL Energy Institute Location: Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0NN.

The post is for 24 months in the first instance, further funding to support the post may be available. We would expect the successful candidate to develop their career and contribute to further research proposals in this area.


 Required Skills

A PhD in a quantitative discipline in behavioural science, economics, business studies, engineering, or another quantitative field of the social or physical sciences        

Evidence of experience in system dynamics modelling. Ideally this would be applied to electricity and energy systems analysis, but experience in other policy fields is also of interest.

Experience in data analysis, relevant programming languages, and software. Ideally this would include VENSIM as a key analytical environment.

Ability to work harmoniously with colleagues and students of all cultures and backgrounds

Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing, with students, academic and administrative staff at all levels           

An ability to engage in stakeholder debates and to integrate observed behaviour into research, teaching and enterprise activity

Ability to communicate to key stakeholders in government, industry and wider society

Commitment to UCL’s policy for equal opportunity
 Desired Skills

Application of systems thinking to the energy transition challenge; familiarity with energy transition modelling methods in use in academia.       

A background in multidisciplinary research        

Experience in communicating research insights to public and private stakeholders          

Aptitude for coordination and teamwork

 Salary range  Grade 7, £35,965  - £43,470
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 Edited by BB 01-10-19