In addition to receiving support for PhD fees and supervision, the ESRs will receive three year employment contracts, very competitive salary, generous family and mobility allowances and have access to outstanding training and secondment opportunities.

MISTRAL (Multi-sectoral approaches to Innovative Skills Training for Renewable energy & sociAL acceptance) is funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions grant agreement MISTRAL No 813837. This involves some of the leading researchers in the field, based at the beneficiary universities involved; Queen’s University Belfast (Co-ordinator), University of Exeter, University College Cork, University of St.Gallen, University Institute of Lisbon, Institute for Future Energy and Material Flow Systems (IZES gGmbH), Technical University of Denmark and 15 global partners from industry, NGOs and governments who will provide training, strategic advice and secondment opportunities. All network members will collaborate to evaluate the complexity of social acceptance issues facing the deployment of renewable energy infrastructure, and propose innovative solutions in a variety of geographic and institutional contexts. The recruited ESRs will benefit from the innovative training environment of MISTRAL aimed at developing advanced competencies in research and transferable skills and complemented by opportunities for diverse secondment experiences. Through summer schools and other training events, the ESRs will engage with world leading researchers and develop the capacities that will allow them to make a rich contribution to Europe’s energy transition.

MISTRAL welcomes applications from anyone with an interest in research in social acceptance of renewable energy with a degree in any of the following discipline: anthropology, economics, financial science, engineering, environmental sciences, geography, human geography, policy studies, political sciences, Science Technology and Society studies, environment psychology, social psychology, social science, sociology, or environmental planning. Members of the MISTRAL network are committed to the principle of equal opportunities. Women are especially encouraged to apply. The MISTRAL project supports the compatibility of career and family.

Successful applicants will be offered a 36-month employee contract at one of the beneficiaries, and receive a salary set out by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations. The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and, if appropriate, a family allowance. It is expected that the ESRs will register for a PhD.

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Applications for the positions will be through a central application process hosted by Queen’s University Belfast. Please note that successful applicants must comply with career stage and mobility criteria in order to be eligible for appointment. Closing date for applications is 26th February 2019.