Research Assistant for the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency

DTU Management Engineering
Friday 06 Jul 18

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The Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency is dedicated to accelerating the uptake of energy efficiency at a global scale. The Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency is the thematic hub for energy efficiency with the prime responsibility to support action towards the SEforALL energy efficiency target of doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. The Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency is institutionally part of the UNEP DTU Partnership – a UN Environment collaborating centre operating under a tripartite agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, UN Environment and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). UNEP DTU Partnership has over 20 years of leading international research and advisory work on climate, energy and sustainable development.

The Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency is now recruiting a Research Assistant to support project management and implementation on energy efficiency. The successful candidate will join the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency's international team of professionals in an interdisciplinary work environment that combines research, methodology development, capacity building and project implementation in developing countries.

The work will be carried out in collaboration with the Centre's management and the team of senior staff involved in the energy efficiency implementation solutions at local level. Specific tasks will include: 

  • Assistance with administrative tasks and technical support for energy efficiency implementation projects, namely in Latin America;
  • Project technical and financial reporting;
  • Webinar, workshops and conferences management and development;
  • Data collection on energy efficiency in products, cities best practices and city energy efficiency regulatory frameworks;
  • Research on behavioural economics and professional skills on energy efficiency in developing countries.
In addition, other day-to-day activities may include:  
  • Contribution to other ongoing projects in the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency and UDP portfolio with reporting and administration;
  • Assisting with the preparation of new proposals and fundraising;
  • Preparing reports and communications material.
  • MSc degree or equivalent in geography, engineering, economics, environmental sciences, or other discipline related to energy or climate change.
  • Up to 3 years of experience on energy efficiency or climate technologies and/or policies work;
  • Experience in working on energy efficiency or climate mitigation issues in Latin America is a pre-requisite;
  • Familiarity and relevant work experience related to energy efficiency policies, technologies and best practices implemented at city or municipal level is an asset;
  • Experience in planning and organising webinars, workshops and conferences on sustainable energy with an international audience is an asset;
  • Experience with work with UN agencies and availability to travel is an advantage.
Languages: The working language at the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency is English so working and spoken fluency is needed. Fluency in Spanish, spoken and written is required for the Centre's Latin America engagements. Knowledge of Danish would also be an advantage, since it is the working language of DTU.

Terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The Research Assistant contract is offered for a two-year term.

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Please submit your online application no later than 21 July 2018 CET. Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file (upload the file under “attach CV”). The file must include:  
  • Application letter
  • CV with full personal data and clear indication of contact details - max 5 pages; and
  • Grade and Diploma of the MSc.  
For further information please contact
For further information please contact Gabriela Prata Dias, Acting Head, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, email:

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