Research Assistant




Grade 7: £30,046-£33,797 per annum together with USS pension benefits (pro rata if part time)

Hours of work: 35 hours per week

Contract: This is a fixed term position until March 2022

Location: This position will be based at the Swansea University Bay Campus – currently remote working as per COVID 19 requirements – wifi connection required.

This role is within Dr Jenny Baker’s Electrochemical Storage team within the SPECIFIC group. The successful candidate will undertake lifecycle analysis of different materials and processes used by the group and our collaborators in order to calculate the environmental impacts of battery manufacture.

There will be a requirement to work with collaborators in India to understand the environmental and cost implications of off-grid low carbon buildings that are being constructed as part of the SUNRISE project (a UK –India Collaboration). This will require significant interaction and building of relationships across continents using online tools. This information will be used to inform future research and policy in the field of energy storage.

The ideal candidate will have experience in lifecycle analysis (and/or techno-economic analysis). They will be thorough and analytical with an ability to undertake detailed analysis of complex systems. If required this role can be undertaken on a part time basis (between 21 – 34 hours a week). The successful applicant will work closely with the senior LCA researcher in the team.

SPECIFIC is a national Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC), led by Swansea University with strategic industrial partners Tata Steel, Akzo Nobel, NSG Pilkington, Cardiff University and more than 50 other partners from academia and industry. SPECIFIC’s vision is to transform the world of energy by creating ‘Active Buildings’ that can generate, store and release solar energy. It is the only UK centre that is developing building-integrated solutions combining solar thermal and heat storage with photovoltaics and electrical storage. SPECIFIC and its partners support the commercialisation of disruptive technologies by taking the concept from research through to full scale demonstration. SPECIFIC is funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK and the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

Essential criteria:

  1. A Degree in Physical Sciences, Economics or Engineering
  2. Have a doctorate or equivalent professional experience, or be in the final stages of completing a PhD or EngD – role will not be confirmed until successful viva.
  3. Ability to actively engage in and contribute to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals.
  4. A demonstrable ability to conduct research in line with the objectives of the project
  5. Evidence of planning skills to contribute to the research project
  6. A commitment to continuous professional development
  7. A commitment to work to reduce operational carbon emissions of research.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Experience of Life Cycle Analysis software such as GABI and SIMAPro
  2. Experience of techno-economic analysis.
  3. Experience in energy storage and / or renewable energy systems
  4. Evidence of external engagement and impact of research outside of academic circles – for example participation in outreach activities for schools / community lectures, science fairs.

Informal enquiries welcomed please email: Jenny Baker –

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