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Salary: Research Assistant: £28,331 - £30,046 per annum
Research Associate: £30,942 per annum
Closing Date: 23 November 2020
A Newcastle led consortium has won significant research funding as part of the £8m EPSRC Decarbonising Heating and Cooling Programme to support the UK’s goal of achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050 and now seek to appoint a Research Assistant/Associate to work as a core member of the project team. You will explore the legal and regulatory regimes relevant to the exploration of deep geothermal heat extraction and the implications for site operations. You will be based in the Law School, this is an opportunity to contribute to a large interdisciplinary research project, working alongside geoscientists, environmental scientists and engineers. In this project you will investigate how an existing well can be brought into use for heating and cooling of nearby buildings, coupling the engineered performance of the well with the variable demand associated with building use.
You must be an experienced researchers whose PhD studies to date have prepared them to engage with legal and regulatory responses to technology and innovative energy solutions. A completed PhD is a desirable (for Associate level), but not essential (for Assistant level), element of an application. The role involves contributing to project publications and disseminating project outputs across a range of platforms. A track record of academic publishing and engagement activities would therefore be an advantage for applicants.
This project brings together academics from three of the UK’s leading research-intensive institutions, Newcastle University, the University of Glasgow, and Durham University as well as a range of industry partners. Newcastle Law School has a thriving research environment with an established record of supporting interdisciplinary research. You will have the opportunity to contribute to this environment and will benefit from effective mentoring and research support to develop their own research profile. You will be working under the management of Ole W Pedersen, Professor of Environment and Energy Law.
The post is funded for 18 months on a full-time basis and is available from 1st January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter by arrangement with the successful candidate.
Newcastle Law School particularly welcomes applications from those identifying with protected characteristic groups which are underrepresented in UK academia. Informal inquiries can be made to Ole W Pedersen; firstname.lastname@example.org
Provide support to Net Zero GeoRDIE project and the Principal Investigator
Develop a research agenda focused on regulatory legitimicy in the context of geothermal energy under the leadership of Professor Ole Pedersen
Review the opportunities and challenges posed by the relevant regulatory frameworks in light of Brexit and the proposed Environment Bill
Synthesise and analyse relevant regulatory regimes and regulatory decision makers, to examine the coherence and integration of different levels of decision making and regulation and different regulatory actors
Be highly collaborative and work across a range of disciplines as part of the Net Zero GeoRDIE project
Present research findings, either at conferences or through publications appropriate to the discipline
Contribute to project partner meetings to disseminate research findings users of research
Work effectively with team members within the University and with partners from industry and local authorities to achieve objectives
The Person (Essential)
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Postgraduate level research skills training and/or experience
An understanding of, and knowledge of, regulations in the context of energy and the environment in the UK and internationally
Experience of writing reports/academic papers
Experience of working with non-academic organisations
Experience of conducting interviews
Experience of qualitative and quantitative data analysis
Attributes and Behaviour
Excellent communication skills, written and oral, with a wide range of people
Excellent organisational skills, experience of managing own workload and ability to work to deadlines
The ability to work effectively as a team and individually
Commitment to maintaining and supporting a diverse and inclusive working environment, in which all colleagues and students are treated fairly and respectfully
PhD in law or related subject (Associate level) (or be near completion for Assistant level)
Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.
The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.
Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.
Requisition ID: 5334