Research Assistant in Energy Demand

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7084758 (Ref.No. ENVEE1491)
Posted: September 6, 2021

Job Description

Would you like to join the largest national research centre on energy demand in the UK? Do you want to further your career by applying your quantitative and qualitative skills as part of a leading research group on energy, materials and economy modelling in one of the UK’s foremost research intensive universities? If so, this could be the opportunity for you.


You will join a highly successful research group within the Sustainability Research Institute that conducts research on energy demand reduction and low carbon transitions. Since 2018, the Professor John Barrett’s research group has been a core partner of a new national centre, the UK Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS). This £19m, 5 year initiative signifies a substantial commitment by the UK Government to fund research to understand the drivers that determine our energy demand and the mechanisms by which to reduce it.  


Within CREDS, the research group will be leading one of five research themes, related to “Industry, Materials and Products”. The research explores the opportunities for reducing energy demand in UK industry by bringing together novel energy and economy modelling approaches in a co-created programme of research with industry and government. The desired outcome of the research is a clear pathway for UK industry to reduce energy and emissions in line with internationally agreed targets. 


Reducing industrial energy demand goes well beyond technical energy efficiency measures requiring a wider appreciation of the materials and products produced by industry, patterns of consumption and the interaction between the energy demand and the economy. The research group has many years of experience in understanding these dynamics, combining a range of modelling techniques including material flow analysis, multi-regional input-output modelling, energy and exergy analysis, macro-econometric modelling and policy appraisal.  


You will be joining an established research group of 10 researchers from a wide range of disciplines including economics, engineering, mathematics, geography and environmental science. The research group has a very strong track record in publishing in many of the top peer-reviewed journals while also have a notable impact on UK climate policy.

You will have a post-graduate qualification (or be close to completion) and will have a problem-orientated approach to research as opposed to being devoted to the development of a specific methodology. You will have a strong desire to engage extensively with key stakeholders including UK Government and industry. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:


Professor John Barrett 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2394, Email: 

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £27,511 to £32,817 p.a.
Working Time:  100% - We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Until 31 March 2023 due to external funding)
Release Date:  Friday 03 September 2021
Closing Date:  Thursday 16 September 2021
Reference:  ENVEE1491

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