The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR) is a new UCL Institute established with the help of a grant from BHP Billiton. It mission is to generate knowledge to promote the globally sustainable use of natural resources. It does this by employing its own staff and by acting as a forum and coordination mechanism for UCL staff in different departments working on resource and environment issues, transcending the boundaries between academic disciplines. Thus it seeks to bring together multidisciplinary teams, providing critical mass and capacity for large projects. We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate (part time) to undertake research, dissemination and coordination activities related to the POLFREE project and, as appropriate, within and in support of the overall research programme of UCL ISR. The POLFREE (Policies for Resource Efficiency) is an eight-institute FP7 European project, starting on October 2012, which UCL is leading. This is therefore an important opportunity to make a major contribution to the Institute’s core research programme and help to influence policy development in this area at both European and EU Member State level. The appointment is funded for 18 months in the first instance.
-The ideal candidate is someone with proven research skills, and high-level written and oral communication expertise and organising and administration abilities. -The post holder who will carry out research for the project POLFREE is an analytically acute person with a keen and established interest in multi-disciplinary and policy-relevant research related to the economy, resources and the environment. -The appointee will also have a passion for the whole subject of sustainable resource use and a determination to undertake rigorous policy-relevant research in this area and achieve effective and impactful dissemination of its results. -A PhD in a relevant area or equivalent experience is required. Further qualification requirement details are given in the attached job description/person specification document.