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Research Associate in Subsurface For Net Zero

Requisition ID:  8166

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  21-Jul-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £30,942 - £40,322 per annum

Closing Date: Tuesday 17th August 2021



The Role


This is an exciting opportunity to join the Energy Geoscience team who are seeking to engage a geoscientist to support in the delivery of legacy and impact from an £8m research Programme, Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System (UKUH).


Having expertise and knowledge of subsurface energy systems, you will be responsible for planning and implementing the synthesis and analysis of research outputs from across the UKUH programme. This Programme covers a broad range of themes, comprising 7 projects from across the following 5 challenge areas:


Challenge 1 - The evolving shale gas landscape
Challenge 2 - Shale resource potential, distribution, composition, mechanical and flow properties
Challenge 3 - Coupled processes from reservoir to surface
Challenge 4 - Contaminant pathways and receptor impacts
Challenge 5 - Socio-economic impacts


You will work with the UKUH research team to interpret results, produce blogs and policy-briefs. In addition, your role may include contributing to or leading the development and submissions of proposals.  You will be able to draw insights from the funded research to provide learnings for nascent technologies needed to meet Net Zero targets in the current UK energy landscape. You will support in the evaluation of the success of the research programme, the aim of which is to identify lessons for future interdisciplinary research.


You will carry out consultations with academics, researchers, internal and external stakeholders and project partners as well as the wider community to inform your research outputs. You will work collaboratively with the UKUH Project Manager to plan and deliver the impact element of UKUH research outputs. We are looking for an individual who is collegiate and capable of working across multiple disciplines, together with sufficient breadth of knowledge of UK Energy systems needed to meet Net Zero.


We are seeking to engage a co-operative individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The overall demonstration of your work will enable our dedicated group to communicate findings with key stakeholders and partners; generating maximum impact as a representative of the SAgE Faculty.


This opening is available on a full time basis, available immediately for a period of 12 months from start date (or until project end date, whichever is soonest). We are dedicated to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment. We would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working.


This position is open to individuals who have a PhD awarded or are on the pass list (or equivalent). If you are pending your PhD award, you are encouraged to contact Prof. Davies prior to applying.


To apply, please submit an online application and upload a covering letter and CV. Please state in your covering letter how you are working towards, meet or exceed the essential and desirable criteria for the role holder as outlined below and thus how you are a good fit for the role.


For all informal enquiries, please contact Professor Richard Davies, via email: Richard.Davies@newcastle.ac.uk


For more information about the NERC-ESRC funded Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System Programme, please click here 


For more information about the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, our research and facilities, please click here


Key Accountabilities


You would be responsible for:


  • Synthesising and analysing UKUH research outputs to generate insights for future Net Zero technologies;

  • Contributing to reflective research on the effectiveness of multidisciplinary research programmes; and

  • Establishing links to new stakeholder groups and future collaborators


The main duties and responsibilities are as follows:


  • To synthesise and analyse UKUH research outputs

  • To interpret UKUH outputs into research and policy briefs

  • To plan and implement a reflective research project

  • To develop the existing network with international researchers as well as stakeholders and project partners.

  • To keep abreast of policy developments in this field.

  • To work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders and project partners

  • To work with academics to understand and distil the key messages of research outputs, identify key recipients of these outputs, and advise on appropriate strategies to best communicate these key messages.

  • Any other duties that may be required from time to time, commensurate with the grade of the post.


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience



  • Demonstrable knowledge of energy systems in the United Kingdom;

  • Ability to work across different disciplines and fields;

  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write creatively for publications, and concisely for online communications;

  • Strong persuasion and influencing skills to achieve consensus and secure engagement of stakeholders



  • Experience of working in a Higher Education environment;

  • Experience of collaborating with business or industry;

  • Experience of the delivery of a range of research impact activities;

  • Experience of undertaking interviews with a range of stakeholders;

  • A track record of presenting research at conferences, symposia, or meetings, commensurate with stage of career;

  • Demonstrable ability to develop research proposals and designs in collaboration with other academics.


Attributes and Behaviour



  • A pro-active, positive, motivated individual with a ‘can do’ attitude and the ability to remain calm and focused;

  • Demonstrable ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings;

  • Demonstrable expertise in developing strategic partnerships and stakeholder engagement to interface between the academic community and the broad range of partners in the UKUH programme and the wider field of energy and environment;

  • Experience or, or exposure to creating professional connections with potential collaborators and project partners at an international, national, and regional level;

  • Demonstrable commitment to the values of equality and diversity in all aspects of your work;

  • Ability to work independently on own initiative and to strict deadlines;

  • Ability to set research goals, be self-motivated and proactive.



  • PhD awarded in a relevant discipline  (or exceptionally equivalent professional experience);

  • Good Honours Degree (underpinning degree) awarded in a relevant discipline




Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 8166