Research Assistant / Associate in Energy and Integrated Assessment Modelling

Imperial College London Department of Chemical Engineering

United Kingdom

 

 

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineeringis seeking a motivated, erudite and well-spoken engineer or scientist to make a mark on the future of climate change. The post holder will work at the forefront of energy systems modelling, building and applying the analytical tools that underpin the key technology, policy and regulatory decisions that will make or break global efforts to mitigate climate change. They will work with leading thinkers on...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01287
  • Date posted 5 May 2020
  • Closing date 5 July 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £35,477 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineeringis seeking a motivated, erudite and well-spoken engineer or scientist to make a mark on the future of climate change. The post holder will work at the forefront of energy systems modelling, building and applying the analytical tools that underpin the key technology, policy and regulatory decisions that will make or break global efforts to mitigate climate change. They will work with leading thinkers on this crucial topic, within a project that has partners from across the EU and worldwide.

Climate change is a global problem that requires urgent action, and ultimately radical change is the way we produce, transform and consume energy worldwide. To aid in achieving this, decision makers need robust insight into the nature of the technical solutions to stop climate change, along with the policy and regulatory landscape that would support these solutions. This position is designed to provide this evidence via computer modelling of global whole energy system transitions using Imperial College’s novel MUSE integrated assessment agent-based modelling framework. As part of a global team that leads the world in creation and application of such approaches, this is a unique opportunity to influence outcomes and build a career around this crucial topic.

Duties and responsibilities

Your day-to-day responsibilities will be to develop climate change mitigation scenarios, in close conjunction with other research groups in the consortium that will use a range of other integrated assessment models. This will include refining model input assumptions, designing specific scenarios, interpreting results and ensuring they are communicated in a clear, high-impact and policy-relevant manner. You will also be involved in engaging in the wider community of modellers across the world (e.g. via the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium).

Specific tasks will include:

  • Understanding and where necessary updating key model input assumptions
  • Updating and running the model to produce a range of scenarios to understand different mitigation pathways and their implications for energy system, land use and other sectoral transitions, as well as mitigation costs and other consequences
  • Interpreting model outputs, by managing large databases of output information, and translating these into clear, insightful analyses to share with other consortium members and a range of non-technical stakeholders from the policy, business and civil society communities
  • Communicating insights authoritatively and with clarity, including writing clear, concise analytical reports, conference papers, and academic journal papers
  • Keeping up to date with the wider research in the area of Paris Agreement mitigation analysis, including the research developed by other large project consortia who are also researching these topics.

Essential requirements

The essential knowledge, skills and experience that you will need are:

  • Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in an area relevant to energy modelling, modelling, or research software development.
  • Have experience in national or global-level energy system or integrated assessment modelling.
  • Have experience of using scientific programming languages (C, C++, Java, R, Python). Ideally, you have experience of professional coding with Python.
  • Have knowledge regarding the nature of climate change, its causes and possible solutions.
  • Have knowledge regarding the principles of numerical modelling applied within a scientific, engineering or economic context.
  • Have excellent analytical and quantitative research skills and familiarity with applying these in the climate science and policy field.
  • Have excellent verbal communication skills, including ability to present work progress to partners.
  • Have proven and clear technical writing and analysis skills.
  • Have a creative approach to problem-solving.
  • Have the ability to plan work towards specified deadlines and deliver on time.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 – £38,566 per annum.

The post is available from The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Adam Hawkes (a.hawkes@imperial.ac.uk) 

To apply, please select the "Apply now" button at the top of this page.  Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission. 

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact chemeng.staffing@imperial.ac.uk.

 Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 5th July 2020

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