Research Associate (Centre for Environmental Policy)

Imperial College London
London, United Kingdom
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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A Research Associate position is available in the Centre for Environmental Policy within the Faculty of Natural Sciences, at the South Kensington Campus.

The purpose of the post is to the manage and carry out all research tasks relating to the COSMOS, BIORESUE and BIOMATE projects, funded by the EU Horizon2020. The three research projects focus on socio-economic assessment of value chains and analysis of stakeholders and policy assessment. This role entails the management of the projects, including communication with coordinators and other partners, attending meetings (face to face andonline meetings), and to seminars and conferences to disseminate the research and its findings. You will also be expected to produce reports, journal articles, policy briefings and other deliverables, required on the projects.

Duties and responsibilities

• To manage the COSMOS, BIORESUE and BIOMATES projects.
• To monitor budgets, communicate with coordinators and partners, and carry out tasks needed to achieve all aims and deliverables
• To conduct research on socio-economic indicators using EU and other international databases in agreement with the objectives each of the three projects.
• To undertake administrative tasks relating to three projects.
• To prepare reports, journal articles, presentations, and other relevant documents.
• To apply social and economic methodologies according to the objectives of the projects.
• To take initiatives in the planning of research
• To interpret and analyse all relevant qualitative and quantitative data.
• To assist the academic team in liaising with all project partners

Essential requirements

• A PhD (or equivalent) qualification and experience in environmental and social sciences discipline.
• Background in Life Sciences or Social Sciences.
• Experience in socio-economic analysis
• Experience in policy analysis
• Experience of working on multi-stakeholder projects
• Experience in the analysis of bioenergy systems

You must also have:
• Proven research skills in socio-economic and energy policy
• Excellent verbal communication skills and ability to deal with people from various backgrounds
• Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication
• Ability to synthesise, summarise and articulate complex ideas for a range of audiences
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Creative approach to problem-solving
• Ability to prioritise own work in response to deadlines

Further information

This is a fixed term position available for up to 18 months with a possibility of extension subject to funding.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £33,380 - £35,061 per annum.

Applications from female candidates are encouraged, including those who wish to return to Academia following a career break. CEP is a family-friendly department and we promote a wide range of family-friendly policies, including flexible working. We strive to provide an environment where all our staff feel supported, safe and inclusive.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Karen Lyle, Centre Manager via email at .

Should you have any queries on the application process please contact: Laila Pastor at

For technical queries during the application process, please contact


About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.