The Energy Policy Group (EPG) is a Bucharest-based non-profit, independent think-tank specialising in energy and climate policy, market analytics and decarbonisation strategy, grounded in 2014. EPG is committed to promoting long-term decarbonisation policies and actions across all economic sectors. Through publications and public events, EPG disseminates knowledge about the green transition and provides well-documented input to stakeholders and decision-makers. Its publications are freely available as research reports, opinion papers, and policy briefs. EPG’s conferences, roundtables and workshops provide a platform for informed discussion and expert analysis. EPG’s funding comes mainly from research grants, but also from sponsorships and membership fees.
About the position
The new research position will support the research activities of the Buildings Department within the Clean Economy program, one of our two main research programs. The selected candidate will join our team of researchers and is expected to contribute to our research outputs as well as to the broader strategic thinking of EPG and especially to projects on energy efficiency in buildings and embedded carbon in buildings.
The position is offered for a one-year fixed-term contract, with possibility of extension to an indefinite-term contract. The level of the position will be decided based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. EPG welcomes applications from a diversity of backgrounds irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or disability.
- Managing research activities and leading research efforts in the field of buildings decarbonisation policies;
- Producing analysis in support of our research outputs and strategic thinking;
- Participating in international research teams as part of our research grants;
- Monitoring key trends and policy developments at national and EU levels concerning buildings decarbonisation;
- Actively participate in the design and organisation of events, deliver presentations and engage with key stakeholders;
- Building a broad and relevant network of key stakeholders;
- Writing op-eds and commentaries;
- Assisting the application process for new research proposals;
- Supporting our overall activity at the office, including supporting applications for funding for their area of research and, where necessary, review EPG publications related to their work area.
Background and experience:
- Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline, such as architecture, engineering, economics, political or environmental sciences or equivalent with a focus on energy performance of buildings;
- Minimum 2 years of work experience in the energy sector and/or climate policy (Researcher) or 5 years (Senior Researcher) is required;
- Demonstrable knowledge of the issue of energy efficiency in buildings, embodied emissions, the EED and EPBD, as well as energy and climate policies at large both at EU and national level; a good understanding of the Romanian buildings sector represents an advantage;
- Ability for critical thinking, summarising complex research, drafting reports, and communicating effectively in writing;
- Demonstrable presentation skills;
- Ability to work in a diverse team of experts;
- Track record of stakeholder engagement and access to a network of relevant experts;
- Previous involvement in the organisation of workshops and events, including experience with moderating roundtables and workshops;
- Experience in international research grants is an advantage;
- Excellent command of English and Romanian, both orally and in writing.
- You are dedicated and committed to conducting research and formulating policy solutions for the decarbonisation of the Romanian and EU economy;
- You understand the need for reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and are passionate about contributing to climate change mitigation efforts;
- You are intellectually curious and able to engage in multidisciplinary research;
- You have great analytical abilities, you can deal with complex information, and can communicate in a concise, yet nuanced manner;
- You are willing to participate in the dissemination of EPG’s work;
- You are a team-player, but also capable of organising your own work.
What EPG offers:
- Full-time employment for a fixed one-year contract, with possibility of further extension to an indefinite-term contract;
- A flexible work environment which can accommodate remote working;
- Opportunity to progress in your career path and gain valuable knowledge and insights on energy and climate policy;
- EPG also encourages the participation of its employees in training and education programmes in relevant areas;
- Salary range (net salary): €1450-1950 (Senior Researcher), €1050-1450 (Researcher), based on relevant experience.
How to apply:
The deadline for applications is September 17, 2023. Interviews will be conducted before the end of September. The successful candidate is expected to start as soon as possible. Complete applications in English should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, mentioning the position you are applying for (Research Assistant or Senior Researcher) and your name. The email should contain a single pdf file with:
- A CV maximum of 2 pages;
- A cover letter of maximum one page outlining your interest and motivation for applying;
- A list of maximum one page with your personal publications.
Incomplete application will not be considered. You must have the right to work in the EU.
Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide a written sample in English of no more than 20 pages.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to reply to every candidate. If you have not received a reply within two weeks of the application deadline, you should consider you application unsuccessful.
If you are in need of further details regarding this position, please contact Denisa Diaconu, EPG Senior Researcher at: email@example.com