Secondment opportunities

Apply for one of six paid energy policy secondments for PhD and early career researchers working in the social sciences and humanities.

The core purpose of these secondments is for new voices to participate in dialogue with key policy players around tangible social sciences and humanities questions.

Each secondment lasts for six weeks during January–March 2019. They're part of the UKERC-funded Energy-PIECES project, and run by ARU's Global Sustainability Institute and the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Science & Policy.

Our secondment opportunities are as follows:

  • Secondment #1: Options for a new model of energy industry governance (UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy)
  • Secondment #2: The social dimensions of moving away from gas cookers and hobs’ OR ‘How can transition research inform heat decarbonisation policy? (UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy)
  • Secondment #3: The role of public energy advice in transitioning towards a low carbon, decentralised energy system with lower levels of fuel poverty (Energy Saving Trust)
  • Secondment #4: How local authorities can support and promote citizens’ involvement in energy systems (Energy Cities)
  • Secondment #5: Exploring the socio-economic impact of nationally significant energy infrastructure projects (EDF Energy)
  • Secondment #6: Achieving inclusive rural electrification: policy and regulatory options for improving the effectiveness of mini-grids in developing countries 

A full set of secondment guidelines are available, including an overview of the secondments as a whole (purpose, outputs, timelines, eligibility, assessment criteria, pay, etc) as well as detailed briefs of each secondment.

Energy-PIECES secondments: guidelines

How to apply

Complete and return our application form. The application deadline is Friday 16 November 2018.

Energy-PIECES secondments application form

Please send your completed application form, plus accompanying CV, to [email protected] by 16 November 2018.


Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a short Skype interview on Wednesday 12 or Thursday 13 December 2018.

The secondments will run for six weeks during January–March 2019.