PDR, (FlexECon), ( University of Galway 056-24)

  • Galway
  • University Of Galway
Job Description:The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Jason Harold and join a team of energy economists and behavioural scientists exploring aspects of energy consumption and behaviour. The project will leverage data provided by an energy supplier to identify the extent with which consumers respond to time-of-use pricing, informational signals and their combination. New informational incentives will be examined alongside Time of Use (ToU) tariffs in monitoring and field experiments. In addition, quasi-experimental methods will be employed to identify the effects of separate stimuli on energy consumption as well as the instruments that maximise price responsiveness. The research team is highly motivated and we seek equally motivated candidates. The workplan has been formulated with a view to publishing high-quality articles in top-ranking economics journals. Also, there is potential scope for the candidate to explore aspects of consumer behaviour that they deem to be of importance. The candidate will have opportunities to disseminate their research findings to stakeholders, both in industry and to relevant government departments. Duties: Collaborate with the team to develop experimental and quasi-experimental research designs to investigate the impact of various stimuli on energy consumptionOversee data collection processes and coordinate with the energy supplier for data acquisition.Conduct econometric analysis of the data provided using appropriate methodsWrite high quality research reports and research papers for publication in top-level outletsPresent research findings at national and international conferences, workshops and seminarsParticipate in new funding opportunities, such as the development and writing of proposals Mentor PhD students and research assistants involved in the project.Contribute to the management and reporting requirements of the projectAny other duties assigned commensurate to this level of post Qualifications/Skills required: Essential Requirements: PhD (completed or thesis submitted) in Economics or a closely related disciplineRecord of publication in Economics or a closely related disciplineEvidence of excellent econometric skillsStrong computer and coding skillsExcellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills, with a view to writing high-quality journal articles Demonstrated ability to work successfully in teams and on their own initiativeStrong coordination, organisational and management skills Be a motivated self-starter, as well as being focused and exacting in their work ethicAbility to present and communicate research findings to non-technical and technical audiences Desirable Requirements: Experience with, or interest in, field experimentsExperience using experimental and/or quasi-experimental methodsInterest in policy related research, particularly in the area of energy economicsGood record of service to, and participation in, the academic communityEvidence of research project management Salary Postdoctoral Researcher salary scale €42, - €54, per annum, (subject to the project’s funding limitations), and pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts. The default position for all new public sector appointments is the 1st point of the salary scale. This may be reviewed, and consideration afforded to appointment at a higher point on the payscale (subject to the project’s funding limitations), where evidence of prior years’ equivalent experience is accepted in determining placement on the scale above point 1, subject to the maximum of the scale. Research Salary Scales - University of Galway). Start date: Position is available from April Continuing Professional Development/Training:Researchers at University of Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. University of Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia. Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon commencing employment - see HERE for further information.