Research Officer- ESRI Climate Energy and Economy Research Programme

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Assistant professor / lecturer

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) invites applications from economists for a position as Research Officer to join the research team on energy and climate modelling, which focusses on the development of the ESRI Ireland Environment Energy and Economy (I3E) CGE model.

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 120 staff including economists, sociologists, psychologists, social scientists, support and technical staff.

The Research Programme on Climate, Energy and Economy at the ESRI

The ESRI research programme on Climate, Energy and the Economy started in 2017 aims to enhance the modelling capability in assessing the relationship between economic trends, policies and energy demand and associated greenhouse gas emissions. To date this has involved constructing an energy Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model of the Irish economy. This model is linked to the ESRI’s macro-econometric COSMO model and an ESRI transport demand model.

The programme is undertaken in collaboration with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). There will also be close collaboration with the Energy Policy Modelling Group at University College Cork (UCC) and it is envisaged that links will be created between the ESRI CGE model and the UCC Irish Times model in the future.

The research programme aims to analyse energy/environment policy and other climate and energy issues for Ireland. More specifically it will be used to advise on the impacts of various climate policy options across sectors as well as estimate future energy demand for emission projection purposes. The ESRI has strong links to a wide range of key stakeholders and this research has been extensively used as input to policymaking, and is expected to significantly influence energy and climate change policy in Ireland going forward.

For further information on the I3E research programme, please consult

Role Description

The Research Officer will be part of a four member climate modelling team on the further development and expansion of the I3E model. The Research Officer will also be working closely with both the macro-modelling and energy teams at the ESRI on the further development and expansion of the I3E model. The successful candidate is expected to develop research on climate change at the ESRI and will develop new research projects in this area. It is also envisaged that the successful candidate will collaborate with researchers in other institutions on the development of soft-links between the I3E model and other national models. There will also be opportunities to contribute to the development of new research projects and to other areas of Institute research, in line with their skills and funding opportunities. Moreover, the candidate is expected to guide and coach more junior researchers within the research area. As publication of the findings is prioritized, results are published and disseminated in both academic and policy-related fora. An important aspect of this role is interacting with political stakeholders, private and corporate stakeholders, other institutions and funders.

We expect to make one immediate appointment.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

The position requires advanced skills in the areas of energy and climate modelling and it is desirable that the candidate also have some experience with macroeconomic models. To be considered for appointment as Research Officer for the Climate, Energy and Economy Research Programme, a candidate must have:

  • A Ph.D. in Economics;
  • A minimum of 2-3 years’ postdoctoral experience or equivalent in energy and climate change analysis;
  • Research experience in applied modelling, model development and calibration of climate/energy CGE/AGE models (with GAMS);
  • Published in leading international, peer-reviewed journals;
  • Capacity to undertake independent research on climate issues including developing relevant research questions;
  • Excellent writing skills; 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully within a highly motivated team and on their own initiative; 
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality output to tight deadlines;
  • Flexibility and capacity to contribute to other areas of ESRI research
  • Proven experience in engaging with policy makers and other stakeholders

Research Officer is a tenure track post, comparable to University Lecturer/Assistant Professor level. The appointment will initially be for a five-year, fixed-term contract with a mid-term tenure evaluation. Salary will be in the range 53,773- 84,544 EUR, commensurate with experience. The appointee will also hold an adjunct position at Trinity College Dublin. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact for further information on the terms and conditions of this position. The successful candidate will be based in the ESRI offices in Dublin 2. Secondment arrangements may be considered for eligible candidates. 

Application Procedure

To apply for this position please go to The closing date for applications is 5pm on 25th September 2019. All applications will be acknowledged. Late or incomplete applications will not be processed.  

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 assessment/ interview or that you wish us to take into account when considering your application.

More Information

Posted on

Application Deadline


Assistant professor / lecturer


Dublin 2

Dublin , Ireland