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Senior Research Associate

Salary:   £34,804 to £40,322
Closing Date:   Thursday 04 March 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3287

Applications are invited for a full time Senior Research Associate (Grade 7) position to work for 24 months in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University on a project investigating ‘flexibility’ in energy systems.  

This project is part of the Flexibility theme in the the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS). (For more information on the work of the Flexibility theme, see:

The job is to develop and undertake research involved in the project Time Dependence and Institutional Flexibility.

Drawing on fields including the sociology of time, consumption, and organisation studies, the aim of the project is to develop new methods of conceptualising and mapping the relation between institutional practices, timing, and energy demand. This research will inform strategies of energy (and transport) demand-management that are focused on the timing of activities and their dependencies within and between institutions.

This work will involve establishing connections with professional bodies and organisations, collecting and analysing energy and travel data, and conducting interviews with key stakeholders. Part of the work will include identifying organisations to work with that are both energy intensive and have a distinctive temporal profile, for example: schools, hotels, rail networks.

This is a full-time position.

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is for 24 months.

To apply, you will need a PhD in a relevant social science discipline (e.g. Sociology, Geography, Social History); an interest in, themes of time, consumption, technology, or organisation studies; a knowledge of social science debates in the field of energy and transport studies, and experience of data collection and analysis - working with interview and secondary data.

Your application should include a supporting statement of how your past experience and your current and future research activities will contribute to this project. If invited for interview, we will ask you to provide us with a copy of a recent publication.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Stanley Blue .

Interviews for shortlisted candidates are scheduled to take place online during week of 15th March

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