ACE Research, Researcher

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE)

£30,000 - £35,000 pa depending on experience, plus benefits package

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract Dina Kamourieh

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Friday, 13th December 2019   7 days left

About us

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) is setting the vision of a local, efficient, low carbon energy system which enables energy users to make the choices which work for them. As the leading trade association for decentralised energy, the ADE represents more than 140 interested parties from across the industrial, commercial and public sectors. ACE Research is an internationally respected research unit that consistently delivers ground-breaking policy research and evaluation. Originally part of the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), ACE Research historically focused on energy efficiency. Now part of the ADE, ACE Research is broadening its scope to all decentralised energy sectors, including combined heat and power (CHP), heat networks and demand response services. Our office in Westminster is an exciting and dynamic place to work and our staff are passionate about making a difference in the world. We engage with decision makers at the forefront of energy policy to shape the future energy market in the UK.

About the role

ACE Research is recruiting for a Researcher to join the team and undertake research across an array of decentralised energy themes, including CHP, heat networks, demand response and energy efficiency. This includes both externally funded research, but internal research to support the wider ADE team. The team works on a mixture of long and short-term projects. These teams may be made up entirely of ACE Research and ADE staff, but in many cases involve also staff from other organisations both in the UK and in other European countries. Team size can vary from two to around 15 people.

Topics of research in the immediate future, include:

  • The UK’s heat decarbonisation strategy, including the future role of gasnetwork infrastructure and the role of CHP in a net zero system.
  • 2025 Future Homes Standard, Building Regulations (Part L) and the future of retrofit.
  • User-led zero carbon heating and cooling.
  • Heat network regulations.
  • Carbon pricing post-Brexit.
  • The future of Distribution System Operators.

Job Description

  • Flexibility markets to 2030 (including flexibility at distribution level).
  • Energy poverty.


ACE Research activities are primarily policy-focused and are a mixture of desk research and more applied, programme-based work. Within this, Researchers have the following responsibilities:

  • Undertaking research on a range of topics, using methods including deskbased review, raw data gathering and analysis / interpretation of verbal and numerical information;
  • Maintaining quality standards and at the same time delivering work according to agreed schedules. Researchers are responsible for managing their own time, with guidance from more senior members of the team.
  • Disseminating the results in a variety of formats (written reports, briefing notes, peer-reviewed papers and journal articles, and oral presentations to a wide range of stakeholders);
  • Developing proposals for new research projects and applications for funding to support these, in collaboration with the Research Director and other team members;
  • Providing support for the ADE Director and Deputy Director, and Policy, Communications and Business Development teams. This may involve gathering data and provision of factual information at short notice, participating in responses to government consultations and the development of new policy ideas;
  • Developing proposals for new research projects and applications for funding to support these, in collaboration with the Research Director and other team members;
  • Developing, maintaining and operating analytical tools;
  • Conducting focussed research into relevant topics, often across UKEuropean and global markets, to assist the development of the Association’s policy position; and
  • Collecting and managing data to keep up with market developments, via desk-based research and stakeholder interviews.

Person specification


  • A good honours degree and a postgraduate qualification, with one or other in a relevant field (e.g. energy, environmental studies) or extensive work experience;
  • Knowledge of decentralised energy issues (covering both local supply and demand), including their connection with other environmental, social and economic policy objectives;
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills and ability to communicate to a wide variety of audiences; and
  • Ability to work well, and at times independently, in a small team environment.


This represents a range of skills that strengthen our team, the successful candidate is likely to offer two or more of them.

  • Knowledge of decentralised energy policies across ADE sectors;
  • Knowledge of building physics and building energy modelling;
  • Good numerical skills and descriptive statistics;
  • Aptitude for modelling with above-average computer skills, e.g. programming (such as advanced Excel or ‘R’) and/or big data analysis;
  • Knowledge of UK and international policy organisations and forums;
  • Educational or professional experience of economic analysis techniques;
  • Appreciation of behavioural barriers to take-up of decentralised energy technologies;
  • Educational or professional experience of specialist social science desk and fieldwork research methods, including for example stakeholder engagement methods;
  • An anthropology and/or sociology-grounded academic understanding on energy demand and wider sustainable energy issues;
  • Experience of networking and business development, including securing funding and sponsorship from a range of sources and responding to Invitations to Tender (ITT); and
  • Experience of marketing or communication of technical subjects to a nontechnical audience.

How to apply:

Send your CV, including your e-mail address and daytime telephone number, plus a covering letter explaining why the role outlined above is of interest to you and how your experience and skills fit the requirements of the role, to Dina Kamourieh.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 13th December.

We will conduct short first round interviews over the phone on a rolling basis as applications are received.

We expect to invite short-listed candidates for interviews on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd January, and during the following week. As part of the interview, we will be asking interviewees to complete a short task. Details will be provided in due course.

Additional interviews (if applicable) would take place during the week commencing Monday 13th January.

Please provide contact details of two professional referees and indicate whether you are happy for us to contact them in advance of interviewing you.

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