Research Associate position at Imperial College

Research Associate – Imperial College London

Salary £36,070-£43,350 per annum

South Kensington Campus

 Deadline – 11th of October


Imperial Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT) undertakes research in bioenergy, solar energy, decentralised and sustainable energy systems, transitions to low carbon energy systems and energy in developing countries. ICEPT is part of the Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP) within the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Bioenergy is seen as an essential technology in the UK drive to reduce GHG emissions. Yet despite numerous policy initiatives, and a seemingly ever greater role for bioenergy in climate mitigation scenarios, the anticipated increase in bioenergy deployment has failed to materialise. Current scientific literature has focused on the optimal design of bioenergy systems and has helped identify promising configurations for feedstock, and technology, and energy vectors. But an analysis of the effect of different deployment strategies is still missing. In this context Agent Based Modelling (ABM) is an innovative approach to investigating how changing policy and institutional arrangements could affect deployment over time.

The post holder will use Agent Based Modelling (ABM) techniques to investigate how bioenergy resources and infrastructure could be best be deployed in the UK. Working closely with Dr Raphael Slade and Dr Koen Van Dam, you will be involved in producing independent and original research as part of a project funded by the UK Research Council’s Supergen Bioenergy initiative.

You must have an MSc or PhD (or equivalent) in economics, engineering, environmental or other natural or social science.  Experience with Agent Based Modelling techniques, or relevant programming skills, experience of the identification, collection, preparation and analysis of scientific data are essential. You must also experience of working in research-oriented environment.

You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication. You should have a creative approach to problem-solving, be able to develop and apply new concepts and have ability to prioritise work in response to deadlines. You must be able to work as part of a team, as well as independently.

Applicants who have not yet been awarded a PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant with a salary range of £31,740 to £33,370 per annum


For more information please click here or contact Dr Raphael Slade ( or Dr Koen Van Dam (

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