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Post Doctoral Research Associate

Environment and Geography
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,236 - 33,199 a year
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Role Description

We seek to appoint a Research Associate to join an exciting new project: A political-economic analysis of electricity grid access histories and futures in Mozambique (POLARIZE). The project is funded by UK Aid, as part of the Energy and Economic Growth Applied Research programme. POLARIZE is an international collaboration led by the University of York, in partnership with the University of Eduardo Mondlane, the Centre for Research on Governance and Development, and the Observatory of Rural Areas, all located in Maputo, Mozambique.

The project will explore the changing roles that policy implementation and governing institutions play in energy access, and to provide decision-support tools to aid energy planning and policymaking. We work closely with a number of local organisations in Mozambique, using qualitative, survey, participatory and co-design workshop methods to co-produce energy planning scenarios. The role will involve fieldwork in the cities of Maputo, Beira and Nampula.

You will be a key member of the project team and have a major role conducting individual and collaborative research. This will involve collecting and analysing documentary and interview data in Mozambique, recruiting research participants, and co-organizing two workshops for academics and policymakers in Mozambique. You will also write up and disseminate research results including: presenting findings at project events, briefing stakeholders, co-authoring policy papers and peer-reviewed academic papers, and providing website content and related social media platforms.

As a Research Associate, you will join an active research environment in the Department of Environment and Geography at York, consisting of PhD students, research associates and academic staff, with additional opportunities to visit research groups in the project partners’ organizations. The University of York hosts a community of academic activities related to energy and development, including the Stockholm Environment Institute-York (SEI-Y) and the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC).

Qualifications and skills: Candidates must have a first degree in the social sciences or humanities, and a PhD in a relevant subject area (e.g. Urban Studies and Planning, Geography, Development Studies, Political Science, Regional Studies or Sociology), or equivalent experience. Highly developed communication skills to be used in a variety of contexts in Mozambique and the UK, knowledge of a range of qualitative research techniques, and an open attitude to multidisciplinary approaches are also essential.

Language skills: Candidates must have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written Portuguese. For non-native Portuguese speakers this will be assessed as part of the interview process.

Selected candidates will be interviewed, either in person or remotely.

For any questions, please contact: Joshua Kirshner ( or Matthew Cotton (

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