Research Assistant/Researcher

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.

The new research position will support the Energy Systems program, one of our two main research programs. Our current projects focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency in buildings, energy technology, industrial transition, strategic planning, carbon capture and storage, carbon pricing and social acceptability of climate policies.

The selected candidate will join our team of researchers. The candidate is expected to contribute to our research outputs, as well as to the broader strategic thinking of EPG.

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.

Tasks

  • Conducting research activities in the field of energy and climate policy. The precise topics will be determined based on the competences of the candidate and specific EPG projects
  • Producing analysis in support of our research outputs and strategic thinking
  • Participating in international research teams as part of our research grants
  • Monitoring key policy developments at national and EU levels
  • Giving presentation at workshops and conferences and engaging with key stakeholders
  • Writing op-eds and commentaries
  • Assisting the application process for new research proposals
  • Supporting our overall activity at the office

Background and experience

  • Undergraduate degree in energy or energy-related public policy or economics. A post-graduate qualification represents an advantage for the Research Assistant position and a prerequisite for the Researcher position.
  • For the Research Assistant position, no prior work experience is required, but is an advantage. For a Researcher position, a minimum 2-year work experience in the energy sector and/or climate policy is required.
  • Demonstrable knowledge on energy technologies, as well as energy and climate policies both at EU and national level. A good understanding of the Romanian energy 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 is an advantage for a Research Assistant position and a requirement for a Researcher position.
  • Previous involvement in the organisation of workshops and events. Researchers are also expected to be capable of moderating roundtables and workshops.
  • Experience in international research grants is an advantage.
  • Excellent command of English, both orally and in writing. Knowledge of Romanian is a significant advantage.

Personal profile

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 keen 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 competitive salary, in accordance with your previous experience, our salary scale and the level of the position for which you are applying. 23 days of legal holiday entitlement and 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.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is May 31st, 2022 EOD. Interviews will be conducted before the end of June. Successful candidates are expected to start no later than the beginning of September 2022. Complete applications in English should be emailed to office@enpg.ro, mentioning the position you are applying for (Research Assistant or 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.

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