Research Associate in Economics, Data Science and Energy Demand

Imperial College London

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The IDLES is an EPSRC funded project focusing on energy system analysis that aims to develop a tool that can indicate optimal forms of future energy systems and provide policy advice on how the development of the energy system should progress.

We wish to appoint a Research Associate to work within the IDLES project to contribute in particular to developing a finer and better understanding of the drivers of energy demand, both in the industrial and residential sectors.

You must have a PhD in Economics, Mathematics or other quantitative social science discipline (or be close to completion) and a keen interest in topics related to the data science and economics of climate change and energy . You will be interested to explore firm-level and consumer-level choices.

You will be working with an interdisciplinary team from Imperial College Business School and the departments of Civil Engineering and Mathematics. You will be jointly working on academic publications as well as policy reports and presentations. Experience and interest in data science and machine learning is desirable.

You must have advanced quantitative and analytical skills and experience in dealing with large datasets, as well as advanced experience in using common econometrics and statistics software and programming languages (e.g. Python, STATA, R, etc.) and have an ability to interpret and analyse patterns or trends in data. Experience in the analysis of large micro level datasets is essential. Ideally, you have already worked with firm level datasets or experience running and managing Randomised Control Trials.

The post will commence as soon as possible.

Duties and responsibilities

  • You will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team with senior staff members on the energy system analysis, and in particular on the understanding of energy demand.
  • You will be responsible for the data collection, data assembly, management and analysis of large-scale data sets and/or randomised control trials.
  • You will be responsible for conducting primary statistical and econometric analyses
  • You will be responsible for drafting academic papers along with interim and final reports on the progress of the work
  • You will present results to a variety of audiences including research funders, academics, and policy makers, at seminars, national and international conferences
  • You will have joint authorship of academic papers from your research, which will be published in leading international journals

Essential requirements


  • An understanding of the context of climate change and energy transition
  • Experience in constructing and maintaining large data sets
  • Experience of statistical / econometric analysis (e.g. using STATA)
  • Experience in dissemination of academic research to a variety of audiences

Skills and Abilities

  • Expertise in statistical or econometric analyses
  • Knowledge of machine learning is desirable
  • Ability to locate data and to maintain and document data for use by others
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrable evidence of ability to take initiative, manage projects and teams, critically appraise research and support others

Further information

The position is fixed term for 12 months.

To view full details and apply, click on the ‘Apply’ button and you will be redirected to the vacancy to complete an online application.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact Dr Mirabelle Muûls

The College cannot apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship for this post under Tier 2 of the UK Border Agency’s Points Based System. Any candidate, who is considering applying for this position and requires sponsorship, must ensure that they are able to obtain permission to work in the UK through an alternative immigration route.

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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.

Closing date 23 July 2019


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