Early Stage Researcher
City Site

Job reference: 06315

Location: City Site

Closing date: 10/07/2019

Salary : See special conditions

Department: College of Business Law & Social Sciences

School/Section : Nottingham Business School

Post Ref :

Salary: Special conditions - Based on MSCA rates

Grade: Flat Rate

Campus: Special Conditions – Host institution across the consortium

Additional information: These positions are  funded fixed term for three (3) years.

“Note: Essential criteria: A brief research proposal (max 3 pages) in relation to each of the PhD subject(s) that you are applying for (see list of PhD projects below in Eligibility Criteria).”

Nottingham Business School (NBS) is leading a European consortium, which has recently secured a substantial amount of funding to help recruit 15 full time PhD students. As part of the Horizon2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Innovative Training Networks the Smart-BEEjS Human-Centric Energy Districts: Smart Value Generation by Building Efficiency and Energy Justice for Sustainable Living project has been awarded. The project allows all researchers to participate in an exciting programme comprising international schools, workshops, and secondments at academic as non-academic partners, commencing 2019/2020. By the end of the programme, you will have the skills required to be transformative and influential champions and leaders of tomorrow, promoting Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) and Energy Justice for all citizens.

“Smart-BEEjS is a consortium of 8 universities and research centres, supported by 16 non-academic entities, in the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Switzerland Each of the 15 PhD researchers will be working towards a unique PhD degree, supported by a carefully chosen supervisory team that maximises both scientific excellence as well as interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral collaboration. Each appointment will be based in one of the 8 universities and research centres and allow mobility, research and training experience across the consortium (see details on the eligibility document attached).

The project will train the 15 students using an innovative doctoral training programme that incorporates deep training in their individual subjects, with the ability to understand and engage with the needs of citizens and communities, the needs and opportunities available from scientists in different disciplines. In addition, they will have the opportunity to work through a collaborative research programme with those who produce the technologies necessary for PEDs, and work with the policymakers who can facilitate these new and exciting opportunities to generate new knowledge, influence and promote the development of PEDs.

PEDs can generate local decentralised and innovative energy ecosystems, placing the consumer at its centre. The EU has used the Strategic Energy Technology Plan to transfer power to consumers, by decentralising the energy ecosystem to the local district-level. One of the targets of the plan is to establish “100 positive energy districts by 2025 (baseline 2015) and 80% of electricity consumption to be managed by consumers in 4 out of 5 households”.


Host Organisation


Living allowance*

Mobility allowance**

1. Nottingham Trent University




2. Accademia Europea di Bolzano




3. Technische Universität Wien




4. Instituto Universitário de Lisboa




5. Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias S.A




6. University of Basel

CH (Switz)



7. Wageningen University




*before employer and statutory deductions

** before taxes


For an informal discussion regarding the overall project, can be found in the eligibility document attached or you can contact Dr Kostas Galanakis, on +44 (0)115 848 8690, or via email Kostas.Galanakis@ntu.ac.uk.

Invitation to interview: 12 July 2019

Interview Date: 23-24 July 2019

Targeted Starting Date: 1 October 2019

Successful applicants will be appointed to the base of the salary rates that are defined by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Innovative Training Networks.




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