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Funded PhD student / Research Assistant for CONSEED Project

Understanding consumer behaviour to support energy efficiency policies


Job description
The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) offers a position for a PhD student / Research Assistant in the context of a project financed by the European Commission H-2020 Program under Energy Efficiency Call (H2020-EE-2016-2017): CONSEED: CONSumer Energy Efficiency Decision making.
CONSEED will develop a model of consumer decision making using existing models and empirical data to research on consumer's behaviour related to energy efficiency. It will then generate a comprehensive database of empirical data on the factors a range of consumer groups (households, services, agricultural and industrial sectors) consider at the point of sale for appliances/machinery, buildings and transport through focus groups, consumer surveys, field trials and choice experiments in different geographical locations. Using this database, it will characterise and test the model of consumer decision making - in particular, it will examine the interaction of different consumers with existing energy efficiency policies aimed at influencing consumer decisions at the point of sale such as  EU labelling schemes for appliances, buildings and cars – and make policy recommendations based on the empirical evidence collected.

The researcher will mainly contribute to the project although collaborations in other projects and tasks will also be required.
Specifically the Research Assistant will:

  • Undertake in depth reviews of the energy efficiency literature
  • Assist in the data gathering, and statistical and econometric analysis of the empirical data
  • Write reports
  • Assist in the design and analysis of a case study in Spain, involving focus groups, consumer surveys and a field trial
  • Any other task required in research projects in which s/he will be involved
  • Engage in the preparation of a PhD dissertation under the PhD program of the University of the Basque Country (Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, UPV-EHU)

Minimum qualifications

  • The applicant must hold a post-graduate in economics that would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate for the academic course 2016-2017 (Master Degree or minimum 300 ECTS), and be willing to be enrolled in the PhD Program of the University of the Basque Country (Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, UPV-EHU). Useful information can be found at: http://www.ehu.eus/en/web/mde/doktoregoa
  • Strong background in quantitative economics (econometrics)
  • The applicant must know how to use an statistical-econometric software such as STATA, R,  Limdep (NLOGIT), MATLAB or similar
  • The applicant must have excellent interpersonal as well communication skills (written and oral) in English

Preferred qualifications / skills

  • Knowledge on consumer choice energy efficiency models and experimental/behavioural economics will be a plus
  • Expertise in designing and analysing households’ consumer surveys will be valued
  • Knowledge of Spanish and/or Basque will be desirable

Envisaged starting date of the contract: Starting date is negotiable, but ideally would be in December 2016 – January 2017

Location: Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Bilbao, Spain

Tenure: The position will be for a period of 24 months (extensible to 12 more months), with a 6 month probation period

Salary: The position will carry competitive salaries according to the academic and professional profile of the applicant and excellent conditions of work

Applications: Interested applicants should send the application to the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), human resources (hr@bc3research.org) including in the subject “Research Assistant position for CONSEED project”. The application should include:
1. One page motivation letter in English,

  • Explaining the motivation for conducting a PhD, and to dedicate her/his research to the topic for the next years
  • Explaining the applicant’s background and expertise, with a focus on the skills, knowledge and aptitude they would bring to the position.

2. Curriculum Vitae (maximum 3 pages), including: education (indicating the grade point average of the bachelor degree and master degree), courses taken as relevant for the position, specific technical skills, and previous work related to the topic (master’s thesis, reports and others)

3. Two reference / support letters with the corresponding contacts

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Ibon Galarraga (ibon.galarraga@bc3research.org.) or Dr. Amaia de Ayala (amaia.deayala@bc3research.org). 

Closing date 30th of October, 2016 (CET: 17:00)

Call Document: 

pdf Phd position conseed


Funded PhD student / Research Assistant for ENABLE.EU project

Understanding the drivers of individual and collective energy choices in Europe

Job description

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) offers a position for a PhD student / Research Assistant in the context of a project financed by the European Commission H-2020 Program under Competitive Low-carbon Energy Call (H2020-LCE-2016-2017): ENABLE.EU: Enabling the Energy Union through understanding the drivers of individual and collective energy choices in Europe.
ENABLE aims to contribute to more enlightened, research-based policy decisions, to ease the finding of the right incentives for the reaching of the twin goals of successful implementation of the Energy Union and Europe’s transition towards a decarbonised energy system of the future. To reach this final aim, ENABLE.EU will seek to provide an excellent understanding of the social and economic drivers of individual and collective energy choices with a focus on understanding changes in energy choice patterns.

The researcher will mainly contribute to the project although collaborations in other related projects and tasks will also be required. Specifically the Research Assistant will:

  • Undertake in depth reviews of the literature, particularly regarding social, cultural and economic drivers of individual and collective energy choices
  • Assist in the design and analysis of household surveys
  • Write reports
  • Assist in the elaboration of a case study analysis on low carbon mobility, and heating & cooling habits in Spain
  • Any other task required in research projects in which s/he will be involved
  • Engage in the preparation of a PhD dissertation under the PhD program of the University of the Basque Country (Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, UPV-EHU)

Minimum qualifications

  • The applicant must hold a post-graduate in economics that would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate for the academic course 2016-2017 (Master Degree or minimum 300 ECTS), and be willing to be enrolled in the PhD Program of the University of the Basque Country (Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, UPV-EHU). Useful information can be found at: http://www.ehu.eus/en/web/mde/doktoregoa
  • Strong background in quantitative economics
  • The applicant must know how to use an statistical-econometric software such as MATLAB, STATA, R,  Limdep (NLOGIT) or similar
  • The applicant must have excellent interpersonal as well communication skills (written and oral) in English

Preferred qualifications / skills

  • Knowledge on behavioural economics is very much appreciated
  • Expertise in designing and analysing households’ questionnaires will be a plus
  • Knowledge of Spanish and/or Basque will be desirable

Envisaged starting date of the contract: Starting date is negotiable, but ideally would be in March - April, 2017

Location: Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Bilbao, Spain

Tenure: The position will be for a period of 24 months (extensible to 12 more months), with a 6 month probation period

Salary: The position will carry competitive salaries according to the academic and professional profile of the applicant and excellent conditions of work

Applications: Interested applicants should send the application to the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), human resources (hr@bc3research.org) including in the subject “Research Assistant position for ENABLE.EU project”. The application should include:
1. One page motivation letter in English,

  • Explaining the motivation for conducting a PhD, and to dedicate her/his research to the topic for the next years
  • Explaining the applicant’s background and expertise, with a focus on the skills, knowledge and aptitude they would bring to the position

2. Curriculum Vitae (maximum 3 pages), including: education (indicating the grade point average of the bachelor degree and master degree), courses taken as relevant for the position, specific technical skills, and previous work related to the topic (master’s thesis, reports and others).

3. Two reference / support letters with the corresponding contacts
Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Ibon Galarraga (ibon.galarraga@bc3research.org.) or Dr. Amaia de Ayala (amaia.deayala@bc3research.org).

Closing date:  15th of December, 2016 (CET: 17:00)

Call document:

 pdf Phd position enable


Postdoctoral Fellow for ENABLE.EU project

Understanding the drivers of individual and collective energy choices in Europe


Job description
The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) opens a competitive call for applications for a Postdoctoral contract in the context of project financed by the European Commission H-2020 Program under the Competitive Low-carbon Energy Call (H2020-LCE-2016-2017): ENABLE.EU: Enabling the Energy Union through understanding the drivers of individual and collective energy choices in Europe.
ENABLE aims to contribute to more enlightened, research-based policy decisions, to ease the finding of the right incentives for the reaching of the twin goals of successful implementation of the Energy Union and Europe’s transition towards a decarbonised energy system of the future. To reach this final aim, ENABLE.EU will seek to provide an excellent understanding of the social and economic drivers of individual and collective energy choices with a focus on understanding changes in energy choice patterns.
The researcher will mainly contribute to the project although collaborations in other related projects and tasks will also be required. pecifically, the applicant would:  

  • Lead a case study analysis on low carbon mobility, and heating & cooling habits in Spain and contribute to other tasks of the project
  • In collaboration with other partners of the project, design household surveys and analyse (both qualitatively and quantitatively) the gathered data within an interdisciplinary framework, combining economic, sociological and socio-psychological approaches for the analysis of individual and collective energy choices
  • Write deliverables for the European Commission
  • Publish high-impact, peer-reviewed research in international scientific journals
  • Contribute to Climate Policy research line at BC3

Minimum qualifications

  • PhD in economics and/or demonstrate a track record of peer-reviewed publications as well as the ability to initiate and complete original research
  • Strong background in quantitative and behavioural economics
  • Coding skills and expertise in analysing empirical data with a statistical-econometric software such as STATA, R, Limdep (NLOGIT), MATLAB or similar
  • Good interpersonal as well communication skills (both written and oral) in English

Preferred qualifications / skills

  • Expertise in designing and analysing household surveys is also valued
  • Good knowledge of the energy-related behaviour literature under the context of low carbon energy transition will be a plus
  • Flexibility to collaborate with partners of other projects related with energy economics, and to travel to meetings and workshops/conferences is very much appreciated
  • Knowledge of Spanish and/or Basque will be desirable

Envisaged starting date of the contract: Start date is negotiable, but ideally would be in March-April, 2017

Term of contract: The position will be for a period of 24 months (extensible to the end of the project), with a 6 month probation period

Salary: The position will carry competitive salary, matching the academic and professional profile of the applicant, and excellent conditions of work
Location: Basque Centre for Climate Change, Bilbao (Spain)

Interested applicants should send the application to the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), human resources (hr@bc3research.org) including in the subject “Postdoctoral application for ENABLE.EU project”. The application should include:

1. A letter of interest up to 1000 words (2 pages) in English,

  • Explaining the motivation for working in this project, and to dedicate her/his research to the topic for the next years
  • Explaining the applicant’s background and expertise, with a focus on the skills, knowledge and aptitude they would bring to the position.

2. A Curriculum Vitae (maximum 4 pages), including: education (bachelor degree, master degree, PhD), courses taken as relevant for the position, peer-reviewed publications related to the topic, specific technical skills, and previous work related to the topic (other research positions, Phd thesis, master’s thesis, reports and others).

3. At least two reference / support letters with the corresponding contacts

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Ibon Galarraga (ibon.galarraga@bc3research.org.) or Dr. Amaia de Ayala (amaia.deayala@bc3research.org).

Deadline for applications: 15th of December, 2016 (CET: 17:00)

Call document:

pdf Postdoc position enable


Open positions for Marie Curie individual fellowships (MSCA-IF) beneficiaries

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) offers the opportunity to act as host institution for beneficiaries of Marie Sklodowska-Curie individual fellowships (MSCA-IF), in any of the following topics:

  • Land use integrated management and climate change
  • Climate change and health impacts

Experience/skills required: The applicants must fulfill the eligibility conditions for the MSCA-IF call. Additionally, they should have excellent interpersonal as well as communication skills, both written and oral, in English. The applicants should demonstrate evidence of a track record in peer-reviewed publications as well as ability to initiate and complete research characterized by originality, creativity and innovation. 

Other experience/skills valued: Applicants will have a background in either physical or the social sciences but with a strong commitment to the study of climate change.

Location: BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change, Science Campus at Leioa, Spain.

Tenure: The position will initially be for the period covered by the MSCA fellowship.

Salary: The base salary will be the one established in the MSCA-IF rules, with full social security coverage following the Spanish legislation.

Those interested should send their application (CV, motivation letter, one-page summary of the proposal and names and full contact details of two referees) to hr@bc3research.org noting in the subject of the message “Open position for MSCA-IF applicants”.


Further information about the MSCA-IF call can be found in the Participant Portal of the European Commission:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/2226-msca-if-2016.html  


Deadline for applications:  15th August  2016 (CET: 17:00)

Call document:

pdf Msca if

 



 
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