CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

Research Assistant or Research Fellow

Location
Cranfield, United Kingdom
Salary
£30,000 per annum (Research Assistant) or £32,656 per annum (Research Fellow)
Posted
06 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Oct 2018
Ref
2813
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

The successful candidate will contribute to the delivery of Solving Water issues for Concentrated Solar Thermal Power plants (SOLWATT) project funded by the European Commission, Horizon 2020 Programme. They will play a key role to analyse sustainability and livelihood impacts of CSP plants on local communities characterised by different political, organisational, socio-economic and geographical aspects.

Organisation Cranfield University

School/Department School of Water, Energy and Environment

Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday

Contract type Fixed term contract

Fixed Term Period 28 months

Salary £30,000 per annum (Research Assistant) or £32,656 per annum (Research Fellow)

Apply by 07/10/2018

Role Description

Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Sustainability Impacts of Concentrated Solar Power Plants

Here at Cranfield, we can offer you the opportunity and resources to really develop your career.  Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

The School of Water, Energy and Environment leads in delivering Cranfield’s Mission within Water, Energy and Power, and Environment and Agrifood.  The School is committed to leading in its areas of expertise through investing in world class staff and facilities over the long term.

You will contribute to the delivery of Solving Water issues for Concentrated Solar Thermal Power plants (SOLWATT) project funded by the European Commission, Horizon 2020 Programme. You will play a key role to analyse sustainability and livelihood impacts of CSP plants on local communities characterised by different political, organisational, socio-economic and geographical aspects. You will generate insights on territorial nature of and socio-technical evolution of CSP energy networks, the influence of social and institutional agency, including local, regional, national and supra-national actors, spatio-temporal changes in ecosystem services and access to resources and how these influences and interactions transcend through in space and time and their implications on justice.

You will be expected to undertake some international travel and field work in five different locations across the globe. Each fieldwork might last from a few weeks up to two months or so.

You will have a PhD (or near completion) in economic geography, political geography, science and technology studies, sociology or anthropology and have proven experience in a range of qualitative and quantitative methods in the economic and social sciences, such as social network analysis, structured interviewing, Q-methodology collection. You will also have proven experience to analyse qualitative data with thematic content analysis using for example, NVivo or Atlas.ti software packages and work with quantitative data on resource use to identify spatio-temporal trends, using geographic information system tools. With excellent communication skills, you will have an excellent understanding of ecosystem services framework.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Nazmiye Ozkan, Senior Lecturer in Environmental/Energy Economics, on (T); +44 (0) 1234 75 4296 or (E); n.ozkan@cranfield.ac.uk.  

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential.

Interviews to be held: 24 October 2018