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Senior Research Associate in Sustainable Cooling

Salary: Grade 8: £40,792 p.a.

Closes: 24 Jul 2019


The successful candidate will work on a new Oxford Martin School programme on the Future of Cooling. The primary goal of the programme is to examine cooling energy demand growth as an integrated system of key social and technical components, and identify and influence the levers by which its current trajectory can be shaped to deliver sustainable development. The position will focus on examining how and why households in fast-growing countries are making structural transitions in their cooling energy consumption, and the ways in which to moderate this shift. This is a 3-year position with significant opportunity for research, impact and leadership.

The main duties include field research, involving a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods (such as, surveys, interviews) to analyse the shifts in cooling technologies (including passive cooling alternatives), energy-related behaviours and practices, and their underlying social norms, in the different urban contexts of India and South Africa. The research includes cross-country comparative work to isolate the causal drivers underlying cooling consumption patterns and inform targeted energy and climate policy interventions. You will also need to consider the feedback loops with other dimensions of the overall programme to determine the effect of cooling access on health outcomes and the efficiency and sustainability of the cooling production network.

You must hold relevant PhD in in the fields of geography, energy and environmental studies, public policy, social sciences, statistics, behavioural science, economics, among others) with post-qualification research experience or relevant work experience prior to the PhD. You will be well versed with the literature on energy demand, energy cultures, social norms and practices, and climate change mitigation. A strong high-quality peer-reviewed publication record and familiarity with the existing literature and research in the field is essential. You will have experience of field based research for primary data collection with strong qualitative methods and the ability to analyse data from quantitative datasets. You must regularly present papers, and lead seminars to disseminate research findings, including to an interdisciplinary audience. You must also have an ability to hold a leadership position in the project, including managing deliverables and grant activities, and organising conferences.

This is a full-time post offered for 3 years starting in October 2019.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online at https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=140806. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 24 June 2019, and interviews will be held on Wednesday 3 July 2019.

Researcher, Horizon 2020: TECHNEQUALITY

Salary: Grade 6: £28,098-£33,518 per annumm, fixed-term for 2 years

Closes: 05 Jun 2019


 The Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change investigates how technological advances will disrupt the global economy in the coming decades. The programme is unique in its approach of combining the expertise of leading scientists with economists and other social scientists.

An exciting and varied role, the Researcher will undertake a wide range of activities to contribute to both the programme and to the research consortium ‘Horizon 2020 “Technequality: Understanding the Relation between Recent Technological Innovations and Social Inequalities.” This is a European Commission funded research collaboration between several leading European institutions and the Oxford Martin School.

The Researcher will work closely with the team to master existing conceptual and theoretical discussions, be familiar with the literature and provide original insights and evidence to contribute to the success of programme. Areas to be covered by the programme include the implications of technological change for employment, incomes, and location of activities as well as the potential disruptive consequences for businesses and commerce. The programme will provide insights into innovation and the application of new technologies that have the potential to disrupt economies.

We are inviting applications from across disciplines including those with a combination of degrees in Economics, Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, Medicine or other to address these global challenges and contribute to the multidisciplinary environment at the Oxford Martin School.

This post is fixed-term for 2 years in the first instance and interviews will be held on the 13th and 14th June 2019. Further information on the post can be found here.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Horizon 2020: TECHNEQUALITY

Salary: Grade 7: £31,604-38,833 per annum, fixed-term for 2 years

Closes: 05 Jun 2019


The Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change investigates how technological advances will disrupt the global economy in the coming decades. The programme is unique in its approach of combining the expertise of leading scientists with economists and other social scientists.

An exciting and varied role, the Postdoctoral Researcher will undertake a wide range of activities to contribute to both the programme and to the research consortium Horizon 2020 “Technequality: Understanding the Relation between Recent Technological Innovations and Social Inequalities.” This is a European Commission funded research collaboration between several leading European institutions and the Oxford Martin School.

The post holder will work closely with the team to master existing conceptual and theoretical discussions, be familiar with the literature and provide original insights and evidence to contribute to the success of programme. Areas to be covered by the programme include the implications of technological change for employment, incomes, and location of activities as well as the potential disruptive consequences for businesses and commerce. The programme will provide insights into innovation and the application of new technologies that have the potential to disrupt economies.

We are inviting applications from across disciplines including those with a combination of degrees in Economics, Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, Medicine or other to address these global challenges and contribute to the multidisciplinary environment at the Oxford Martin School.

This post is fixed-term for 2 years in the first instance and interviews will be held on the 13th and 14th June 2019. Further information on the post can be found here.

Temporary Research Assistant to Professor Ian Goldin

Salary: Hourly rate according to experience on the University’s Grade 6 scale (£15.10 to £17.53 per hour)

Closes: 26 May 2019


Full-time (37.5 hours per week), fixed term, starting as soon as possible

Reporting to Professor Ian Goldin, the Research Assistant will undertake commissioned secondary research and synthesis to support Professor Goldin’s research on the major global trends and a book-length study of the implications of technological change on jobs, incomes and geographical inequality.

 

Responsibilities

Reporting to Professor Goldin, the post holder will:

  • Conduct a comprehensive and systematic review of relevant literature
  • Collaborate on research and book proposals
  • Assist with the drafting of chapters, articles, figures, and other materials    

More generally the Research Assistant will:

  • Manage own academic research and administrative activities, within guidelines provided by Professor Goldin
  • Contribute to the design of research materials
  • Gather, analyse and present qualitative and/or quantitative data from a variety of sources
  • Contribute to discussions and share research findings with colleagues in partner institutions, and research groups
  • Undertake other appropriate duties and provide other research support that may arise under the direction of Professor Goldin including support for his writing on other topics, including preparation of lecture materials

 

Selection criteria

  • Hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in economics, geography or a relevant social science or humanities subject, together with some relevant experience of working as a research assistant. A higher degree, notably a Master’s or Ph.D/D.Phil is preferred
  • Excellent research skills, including internet research and data mining skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to write text that can be published and presented at conferences; an ability to write clearly and compellingly for both academic and non-academic audiences
  • Ability to work independently, prioritise effectively and work to deadlines.

 

How to apply

Please send your CV, covering letter outlining your interest in the role, and a writing sample to: Laura Catsellis: laura.catsellis@oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they possess the right to work in the UK.