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Research Assistant in Climate Compatible Growth


Standard Grade 6: £32,332 per annum

Closing date

Apr 04, 2024 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant to join the Energy and Power research group at the Department of Engineering Science (Osney).  The post is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and is fixed-term to 31 March 2025 (with potential to extend).


This role is a part of the Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) Programme, a £38 million initiative dedicated to fostering a clean and equitable transition in energy and transport systems in low- and middle-income countries. It also involves work on the UK PACT project, a sister project to CCG, which has progressed to its second phase. The focus is on exploring energy devolution at the sub-national level in both Zambia and Kenya, with a specific emphasis on integrating adaptation and resilience into energy planning at these levels and ensuring alignment with national strategies. You will be responsible for identifying data requirements necessary for incorporating resilience and adaptation considerations in county-level energy planning, with an emphasis on gender equality and social inclusion; assessing existing data or develop data collection tools to address any identified gaps, ensuring these tools are sensitive to GESI considerations; and creating a data collection and management framework for integrating resilience and adaptation measures in county-level energy planning, with a special focus on GESI factors.  


You should hold a first degree with relevant experience in equitable energy planning, and resilience and adaptation, possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established research programmes and have familiarity with quantitative data analysis tools (e.g., Python, SPSS, R, Excel, QGIS) and energy modelling tools (e.g., OSeMOSYS).


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Stephanie Hirmer (


For more information about working at the Department, see


Only online applications received before midday on 4 Aptil 2024 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Contact name

Dr Stephanie Hirmer

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