Research Associate - Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
Department: Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship (www.strath.ac.uk/huntercentre/)
Faculty: Strathclyde Business School (www.strath.ac.uk/business/)
Staff Category: Research
Reference No: 108978
Reports To Dr Matthew Hannon
Salary Range: £31,604 - £38,833
Contract Type: Fixed Term (9 months)
FTE: 1 (35 hours/week)
Closing Date Sunday, 25 February 2018
The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship invite applications for a Research Associate to conduct research as part of a multi-university, inter-disciplinary UK Energy Research Centre project team entitled Financing Community Energy (http://www.mace.manchester.ac.uk/our-research/centres-institutes/tyndall-manchester/major-research-projects/community-energy-finance/). The project is a consortium of the Universities of Manchester and Strathclyde and Imperial College with the aim of assessing the past role of finance in the evolution of the UK community energy sector, and the innovations that may enable the sector to grow. Specifically, it will examine the relationship between innovative finance mechanisms (both common and emergent) and community energy business models with a view to identifying a set of recommendations for both government and industry that address existing barriers and enable community energy projects to proliferate.
The researcher will be responsible for developing a number of UK community energy case studies that examine how different combinations of finance mechanisms and business models have frustrated or enabled the delivery of community energy projects, as well as the scale and type of benefits they provide. In addition to a literature review of existing UK community energy case studies, the bulk of the work will involve the collection and analysis of primary and secondary data. This will be complemented by a sector level examination of the finance and business model related drivers and barriers to UK community energy projects. The researcher will drive the outputs of the project including providing recommendations for innovative policies, business models and finance mechanisms that will facilitate the growth of community energy in the UK, which will be co-developed with stakeholders.
The candidate is expected to have first-hand experience of social science research, with strong qualitative skills and a track record of conducting research independently. A working knowledge of the UK energy sector is desirable. They are expected to hold or be close to completion of a PhD in a relevant discipline or possess the equivalent degree of work experience.
This research post will be based in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde Business School - an internationally leading entrepreneurship and innovation research centre in one of the UK’s top ten business school within the University of Strathclyde. As 'the place of useful learning' the University of Strathclyde is committed to the advancement of society through the pursuit of excellence in research, education and external engagement. We are also one of the first business schools in the world to be triple accredited, holding accreditation from the international bodies, AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS and received the THE award for Business School of the Year in 2016. Strathclyde University also received THE awards for University of the Year 2012 and Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2013.
Further information on the application process and working at Strathclyde can be found on our website (http://www.strath.ac.uk/hr/workforus).
Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Matthew Hannon, Lecturer (firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141 548 3933).
Conditions of Employment
Conditions of employment relating to the Research staff category can be found at: Conditions of Employment.
Where applicable, the successful applicant will be required to serve a 9 month probationary period.
The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding this scheme is available from Payroll and Pensions.
Where applicable, the University offers a relocation package to support new employees who meet the eligibility criteria. The relocation package is offered as a contribution towards costs incurred, and is designed to be flexible, allowing staff to use the financial support available in the way that will be most helpful to them. Further details are outlined in the Relocation Policy.
Formal interviews for this post will be held on Wednesday, 7 March 2018.
Equality and Diversity
We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
The University currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.