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Research Scientist, School of Politics and International Relations

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
£25,897.27 - £33,666.46 per annum
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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Applications are invited for a temporary post of a Research Scientist within UCD School of Politics and International Relations.

Assessing and Explaining Environmental and Energy Policies in Comparative Perspective

Political parties, politicians, companies, and interest groups increasingly discuss how to achieve a net-zero carbon emissions future, but systematic evidence that tracks these political debates is still lacking. As a Research Scientist based at University College Dublin and under the guidance of Dr Stefan M ller, you will contribute to ongoing projects as a research assistant, collaborator, and co-author. This position is ideal for applicants with a master's degree (or close to completion) who would like to take a leading role in contributing to a collaborative research project.

Ongoing work in this project assesses policy recommendations in abstracts of academic publications on net zero energy and climate change. Another strand of ongoing research develops methods to identify stances towards certain policy areas across languages. The project combines quantitative text analysis, human annotation, and cutting-edge machine learning to identify and map (proposed) policies relating to the environment and sustainability. The project team seeks to develop a novel and freely available database of texts on environmental policies for the research community and practitioners. Finally, the project will provide a list of possible solutions and strategies to address the climate emergency and reach Ireland's target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. You will be embedded in the NexSys (Next Generation Energy Systems) SFI Strategic Partnership Programme, the Connected_Politics Lab, an interdisciplinary hub for researchers using computational methods to study politics and society, hosted by the College of Social Sciences and Law, and the Text and Policy Research Group. You will also be invited to join interdisciplinary projects with other researchers involved in NexSys

Salary Range: €35,000 - €39,000 Per Annum

Appointment on the above range will be dependent on qualifications and experience.

Closing date: 12:00 noon (local Irish time) on the 12th of June 2024

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 12:00 noon (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.

Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website:


UCD is Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 37,000 students drawn from 152 countries, including over 4,500 students based at locations outside of Ireland. 
The international standing of UCD has grown in recent years; it is currently ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide.
As Ireland's largest university, with its great strength and diversity of disciplines, UCD embraces its role to contribute to the flourishing of Ireland through the study of people, society, business, economy, culture, languages and the creative arts, as well as through research and innovation. 
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