Research Assistant in Energy for Development
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|| Research Assistant in Energy for Development
|| University of Strathclyde, Faculty of Engineering, Electronic and Electrical Department
|| United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
|| Europe and Central Asia
|Type of job
|| permanent contract
|Language of description
|| The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) at the University of Strathclyde was ranked 1st in Scotland in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and 3rd, in the UK rankings. Strathclyde is one of the leading internationally renowned research intensive universities in the UK. The EEE Department hosts the Energy for Development (E4D) research team, which has an established track record in the design and management of large scale research and outreach programmes in the area of energy access, and has successful undertaken a range of renewable energy projects in Malawi, Gambia and India over the previous fifteen years.
A Research Assistant is sought by EEE Department to support the E4D team (https://strath-e4d.com/) on a multi-disciplinary research projects related to off-grid energy in Malawi. The successful applicant will support research and project management activities across a portfolio of projects managed by the team. Current activities E4D which you will contribute to include:
• Supporting Community Energy Malawi to deliver on their energy access projects.
• Providing technical support to the Sustainable Energy Management Unit of the NGO United Purpose in Malawi.
• Knowledge capture and dissemination to support Malawi field projects.
Under the guidance of the project lead, the role of Research Assistant will involve working in culturally diverse teams; carrying out technical research and design tasks; business modelling; and design and delivery of training courses (possibly in-country); conducting literature reviews, interviews, analysis of on-site data captured through the development and conducting of surveys; compiling reports on the existing energy landscape and forming recommendations for future technology focus. The Research Assistant will be required to support the production of research reports and publications, and is expected to support and maintain existing partner relationships, and where appropriate identify new opportunities for expansion of previous research activities.
To be considered for this position requires candidates to be educated to post-graduate degree level in a relevant discipline (preferable with an international development and/or engineering focus) or have relevant experience and skills obtained in a related professional role, for example, with small-scale community based renewable system projects. Candidates must have an ability to work well as part of a team and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Candidates must have an aptitude for, and experience of problem solving, and have the ability to work on their own initiative.
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