Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Research Associate for the Modern Energy Cooking Services Programme

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Research Associate for the Modern Energy Cooking Services Programme

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Specialist and Supporting Academic Research grade 6 from £33966 to £36024

Job description

School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Full time, fixed term to March 31 st 2026

Hybrid: 60% in the office, 40% working from home.

Join us and be part of a vibrant community at Loughborough University.

Here's more about the role and what we're looking for:

The Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) Programme is seeking experienced researchers to join their team. MECS is a 39.8 million programme funded by UK Aid through the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, led by Loughborough University. The Research Associates will support the delivery of the MECS programme, working closely with MECS in-country partners, articulating headline research findings to a range of stakeholders, and leading on research uptake. Travel overseas to work with partners is expected.

We are looking for researchers with skills and experience in at least one of the following thematic areas: (in alphabetical order)

  • Consumer habits
  • Energy policy and governance
  • Energy systems modelling (on and off-grid)
  • Finance (e.g. climate and carbon finance, RBF, multilaterals)
  • Finance (e.g. saving and credit behaviour, intra household decision making)
  • Gender and inclusion
  • Humanitarian and displacement settings
  • Integrated energy planning
  • Supply chain and logistics (global movement and local assembly and manufacturing)
  • Urban studies
  • Key Requirements:

  • Background in a relevant field (from list of thematic areas given)
  • Experience of building and maintaining relationships with government/industry/civil society/communities
  • Authoring original work for academic journal papers, conference papers or technical reports
  • Excellent knowledge of quantitative and/or qualitative research approaches (data collection and analysis)
  • Self-motivated with ability to meet deadlines and manage own workload
  • PhD (or near completion) in a relevant field
  • If this role sound of interest, we'd love to hear from you.

    Informal enquiries about the posts should be made by email to Dr Louise Medland ([email protected]).

    For more information refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.

    Additional information on the Modern Energy Cooking Services Programme is available here: https: // mecs.org.uk/

    Closing Date: 25/02/2024

    Interview Date : week commencing 26th March 2024

    Our Benefits

  • Generous annual leave allowance up to 44 days (inclusive of Bank Holidays & University closure days)
  • Competitive pension schemes
  • A range of childcare support initiatives and benefits including childcare vouchers; on-site university nursery (with salary sacrifice scheme); and holiday play schemes.
  • We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies.
  • BUPA Cash Plan (100 scheme)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • On campus parking with charging points for electric vehicles
  • Fantastic range of sports facilities and preferential membership packages available
  • Fantastic CPD, Linkedin learning and inclusive resources for development
  • Visa Sponsorship:

    For candidates who would require sponsorship to work in the UK to achieve sufficient points under the Points Based Immigration System, it is likely that you will either need to:

    • Have completed a PhD in a subject relevant to the job. OR • Qualify as a “new entrant”. For more information on this please see paragraphs SW 12.1 - SW 12.7 of the Immigration Rules Appendix Skilled Worker.

    Job details


    Research Associate for the Modern Energy Cooking Services Programme


    Loughborough University


    United Kingdom


    February 03, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 25, 2024

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Engineering,Geosciences,Physics,Social Science

    About the employer

    The history of Loughborough University can be traced back to the establishment of a small technical institute in 1909. Originally, Loughborough University of Technology provided education only in technical subjects like art and science. The university was given its current name in 1996. Currently, the university has 22 academic schools and departments, over 100 research groups, institutes and centers, and over 35 professional services, teams.

    Located in the center of Loughborough, UK, the university campus covers an area of 440 acres. The campus has a world-class infrastructure and provides a plethora of facilities like huge lecture theatres, a well-stocked library, well-equipped laboratories, an extensive IT network, a conference center, excellent accommodation, and Loughborough Students' Union. The university also has an arts center, a bank, a health center, two theatres, restaurants, and some shops. Also, it provides the students with excellent sports facilities. The university has a postgraduate campus in London too. Both the campuses have won many awards and rankings for the facilities they offer.

    Loughborough University offers numerous undergraduate, doctoral and postgraduate programs in various fields like accounts, finance, engineering, sciences, architecture, business, computer science, management, mathematics, languages, sports, economics, arts, social sciences, media, and psychology. The university houses more than 17,000 students and over 3,700 staff members. It is a member of a renowned international academic network, UNITECH International, and has collaborations with many international institutions like MIT, IIT Delhi, and Nanyang Technological University. It also has strong links with many funding agencies and sponsors like the Brunei High Commission, the Libyan Embassy, Oman Cultural Attaché Office and the Chevening Organization. The university equips the students with the skills and knowledge required to improve their employability and offers them plenty of outstanding career opportunities.

    Loughborough University has a large network of alumni. There are more than 178,000 alumni across 169 countries. Sir Peter Bonfield is BT Group's former chief executive. Lord Sebastian Coe is an Olympic athlete well-known for holding the world marathon record. Paula Radcliffe is Williams Formula One team's Head of Vehicle Performance and Rob Smedley's former race engineer. Malcolm Sayer is a successful car and aircraft designer. Rosalind Ayres is a popular English actress. Tanni Grey-Thompson is a television presenter, Welsh politician, and a former wheelchair racer. Clive Woodward used to be an English rugby player and served as the coach for the England rugby team from 1997-2004. There are lots of other distinguished and notable names linked to the university.

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