Energy Efficiency Research and Advisory Position (Senior Researcher / Senior Advisor)

DTU Management Engineering
Friday 03 Feb 17

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Background to the Organisation
The Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (“the Centre”) was formed in 2013 under a tripartite agreement between UN Environment, the Danish Technical University (“DTU”) and the Government of Denmark. It functions as the global thematic Energy Efficiency Hub of the Sustainable Energy for All Partnership (“SEforALL”), and accordingly works directly to the SEforALL objective of doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030, while also retaining independence and flexibility to pursue other related energy efficiency functions. Operationally, the Centre is part of the UNEP-DTU Partnership (“UDP”), a UN Environment Collaborating Centre and a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development, based at the UN City complex in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Centre is organised around four key competencies of analysis and evidence, partnerships, finance and communications. Its work includes direct support to the energy efficiency outreach and delivery mechanisms of SEforALL, including building public-private partnerships and targeting energy efficiency opportunities in industry, vehicle fuel efficiency, buildings, district energy, appliances and lighting.

The Centre is positioned for strategic leadership in the development of global institutional structures to support delivery of energy efficiency improvements under both the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Centre has organised its work plan around facilitation of energy efficiency actions and assistance to develop energy efficiency initiatives in selected high-impact locations in Asia, Africa, Central Europe and Latin America, which can then be a model for replication and accelerated action.

On the basis of the Centre’s work plan, we have a vacancy for a well qualified and dynamic new member of staff to contribute to our team of experts and help advance global energy efficiency. If you believe you fit aspects of the profile detailed below then we encourage you to submit an expression of interest.

Who we are looking for
Based on our intended tasks in the short to medium term, we are looking for an expert that possesses qualifications, skills and experience in some or all of the following areas: 

  • Academic qualifications: a PhD and research background in a relevant discipline such as Engineering, Social Science or Environmental fields
  • Energy efficiency implementation and project experience: at least 5 years of relevant work experience in the design and/or operation of energy efficiency projects, including policy projects, capacity building activities and infrastructure investment projects, preferably in developing countries.
  • Technical and analytical track record: in-depth knowledge and understanding of energy efficiency practices, business models, policies and technologies, and experience in preparing technical and/or policy-relevant analysis, reports and papers for both academic and non-academic audiences. Specific technical experience in district heating and cooling is desirable.
  • International exposure and established networks: familiarity with international operating environments and institutional processes, and an existing network of energy efficiency contacts, particularly with the private sector. While the working language at the Centre and at UDP is English, proficiency in other languages relevant to activity locations will be a distinct asset.
  • Relationship and stakeholder management: people skills and political acumen, especially in dealing with multiple stakeholders and competing priorities, and with an emphasis on private sector engagement and/or building local engagement coalitions.
  • Finance: familiarity with sources of finance for energy efficiency and climate action, including both development and commercial finance, and experience with fundraising.
  • Communications: experience in and knowledge of key communications channels, branding and development of promotional materials; strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Project management, team leadership and administration: ability to lead project teams, develop strategic plans and manage reporting systems.
Assessment
In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to
  • scientific production and research potential at international level
  • innovative skills and the ability to generate new ideas
  • the ability to communicate at all levels such as the provision of scientific advice to public sector authorities
  • the ability to promote and utilize research results
  • an all-round experience basis, preferably including international experience
  • the ability to contribute to development of internal and external cooperation
More about working at the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency
This is not a diplomatic position within the United Nations system. Foreign research and advisory staff at UDP are employed according to the general terms valid for scientific (VIP) staff at DTU which, if you are employed from abroad and will work in Denmark for the first time, includes paying a special reduced rate of Danish income tax. Employees become eligible for Danish social welfare benefits in accordance with Danish law. Individual supplements will be negotiated for new staff along with travel and expatriation allowances. This is a permanent position. The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Management at UDP, in keeping with generally prevailing working culture and norms in Denmark, prioritises creation of a stimulating working environment that encourages staff to work on interesting subject matter with a degree of autonomy, and with strong recognition of the importance of work-life balance to the well-being of individual staff members. 

Further information and expressing your interest
Further information about UNEP-DTU Partnership activities and practical information about the position and employment conditions are available at www.energyefficiencycentre.org. For further information about positions to be recruited, please contact Mark Lister, Acting Head, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, UNEP-DTU Partnership, email: mlis@dtu.dk. Please note that, due to the volume of applications expected, only requests for more information from applicants displaying a substantial alignment with the nominated search criteria will be answered.   

Application

Please submit your online expression of interest no later than 3 March 2017. To do so, please open the link 'Apply online,' fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 
  • A covering letter, indicating motivation and how you match our search criteria
  • CV (maximum 5 pages) and three references
  • Diploma (PhD)
  • List of publications indicating scientific highlights
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g. http://orcid.org/)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.  

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.