Energy Economist



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Senior researcher / group leader

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has a long-established research centre focusing on energy markets, regulation, policy and consumer behaviour, and to continue the expansion of our work in these areas we wish to recruit a researcher in energy economics. This is a tenure-track position and the appointment will be made at Research Officer or Senior Research Officer level, as appropriate to the successful candidate’s experience.


The Institute

The Economic and Social Research Institute, founded in 1960, is located in Dublin’s South Docklands area. Its mission is to produce high quality research, relevant to Ireland’s economic and social development, with the aim of contributing to knowledge and informing policymaking and public debate. It has over 100 staff including economists, sociologists, social scientists, support and technical staff.

Energy Economics Research

The ESRI’s Energy Policy Research Centre (EPRC) carries out research in four main areas: market design and regulation, energy services (including empirical studies of energy consumer behaviour), energy infrastructure and the interface between the energy system and the environment as well as the society. Our aim is to do excellent academic research that is relevant to policy. The ESRI receives funding for its energy research from a diverse set of sources, including the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment; Commission for Regulation of Utilities; Science Foundation Ireland; and several industry donors. The appointee will also hold an adjunct professorship position at Trinity College Dublin.

EPRC staff work closely with research partners from many disciplines and institutions, including the Energy Institute at University College Dublin, the Energy Policy Modelling Group at University College Cork, and the Department of Economics at Trinity College Dublin. EPRC staff collaborate with several research areas internally in the ESRI, including Behavioural Economics; Communications and Transport; Macroeconomics; and the Climate Economy Modelling Group.

Role Description

The ESRI is seeking to recruit an energy economist who will contribute management and intellectual leadership to the Energy Policy Research Centre within the Institute’s Economic Analysis division. The successful candidate will therefore be expected to have the leadership skills and experience necessary to lead more junior researchers. The person appointed will also be expected to raise research funds and to engage frequently with policymakers and stakeholders. A PhD in economics and research experience in energy economics are essential, and preference will be given to candidates with expertise in one or more of the following: applied econometrics; energy systems modelling; operational research; economic modelling; industrial organisation or related fields. As with all researchers at the ESRI, the successful candidate will be expected to produce high-quality research which can be published in both international peer-reviewed journals and domestically oriented policy papers.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Ph.D. in Economics;
  • A minimum of 3 years’ postdoctoral experience or equivalent in applied microeconomics;
  • Publications in leading international, peer-reviewed journals;
  • Research experience in applied econometrics (e.g. econometrics, mathematical modelling, simulation skills);
  • Research/project management & leadership skills
  • Capacity to undertake independent research on policy-relevant issues including developing relevant research questions;
  • Excellent presentation skills with experience in presenting at seminars and conferences and to a non-academic audience;
  • Flexibility and capacity to contribute to other areas of ESRI research ;
  • Proven experience in engaging with policy makers and other stakeholders.

Candidates will have excellent communication, writing and interpersonal skills and will have demonstrated the ability to work within a highly motivated team and on their own initiative with proven ability to deliver outputs to tight deadlines.

Terms & Application Procedure

It is intended to appoint at Research Officer level although the appointment may be made at Senior Research Officer level if appropriate to the successful candidate’s experience. A mapping of ESRI grades to the corresponding grades in the Irish University system is set out below. Specific terms are available on request. Appointments at Research Officer and above are normally made on five-year, fixed-term contracts, subject to a tenure assessment. Secondment arrangements may be considered for eligible candidates.

The appointee(s) will also hold an Adjunct Professor position at Trinity College Dublin.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact for further information on the terms and conditions of these positions. The role is full-time (37 hours per week - standard working hours are 09.00-17.30, Monday – Thursday and 09.00-17.00, Friday). Appointments will be on a five-year, fixed-term contract basis. Our offices are based in Dublin 2.

The ESRI are following Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 and its offices are currently closed. Therefore, each stage of the selection process is likely to be held via video-conference and the successful candidate will be expected to work remotely for a temporary period.

All applications will be acknowledged. Late or incomplete applications will not be processed. 

To apply for this position please follow the link below to apply through the careers section of our website. The closing date for applications is 5pm on 10th August 2020.  

The ESRI is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to accommodating the needs of people with disabilities to enable them to participate in the selection process. Please let us know if you have any particular requirements should you be invited for interview or that you wish us to take into account when considering your application.

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Posted on

Application Deadline


Senior researcher / group leader


Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson's Quay

Dublin 2 Dublin , Ireland