Postdoctoral Research Associate

The rapidly expanding Centre for Energy Policy (CEP) is seeking to recruit a new member to our team of early career Research Associates and Fellows. We are interested in candidates educated to a minimum of PhD level with research and knowledge exchange interest and experience in any public policy-facing area of energy and/or climate/net zero policy and relevant market and regulation activity. However, this should complement CEP’s core strengths in understanding and communicating the wider economy consequences and challenges facing government, industry and publics in delivering a sustainable and affordable net zero transition.

Under the guidance of research leaders in CEP, you will play a key role in delivering research and knowledge exchange projects, realising impact and developing proposals. You will be involved in writing up research work for publication, individually or in collaboration with colleagues, and disseminating the results via peer-reviewed journal publications and presentation at conferences, and preparing linked non-technical policy briefs, blogs etc. You will join external networks to share information and ideas, inform the development of research objectives and to identify potential sources of funding. You will collaborate with colleagues to ensure that research advances inform departmental teaching effort and there will be opportunities to supervise student projects, provide advice to students and contribute to teaching as required by, for example, running tutorials and supervising practical work. You will contribute in developing capacity to Department/School, Faculty and/or University administrative and management functions and committees and engage in continuous professional development.

CEP is based in the School of Government and Public Policy within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Strathclyde and works with research, government and industry partners to understand and address the pressing public policy challenge of enabling sustainable and prosperous transitions to mid-century Net Zero targets. Launched in 2015 under the leadership of the Centre Director, Professor Karen Turner, CEP has an established track record of independent, rigorous and multidisciplinary research focused on understanding the wider economy consequences of taking various decarbonisation actions in different economic contexts and timeframes. The Centre was founded with the aim of generating knowledge and evidence that can play an essential part in identifying economically, socially and politically feasible policy pathways to deliver the Net Zero transition. As part of the School of Government and Public Policy, ranked first across the UK for its research quality in politics and international studies in REF 2021 (where CEP contributed a 4* Impact Case Study), the Centre is committed to achieving real-world impacts. CEP has already helped shape UK and Scottish Government policy in areas including energy efficiency, industrial decarbonisation, heat decarbonisation and low carbon transport.

Formal interviews for this post will be held on 23 January 2023.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to (  Further details here.