Research Fellow – AR2789NB

The Centre for Energy Ethics Postdoctoral Fellowship is a 1-year award offered to an outstanding early career researcher working on issues of energy ethics in the arts, humanities, social or natural sciences.  


This year’s call is focused thematically on ‘financial pathways to net zero’ and we particularly invite applications from applicants with an interest in the broader issues surrounding how to finance Scotland’s net zero journey. The post is based in the Centre for Energy Ethics, directed by Dr Mette M. High in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews.  


The position will commence on 1 September 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter. It will provide substantial scope for creativity, originality, collaboration, presentation, event organising, public engagement, grant writing and publication of results. The successful candidate will be based in St Andrews and carry out research that embraces the Centre’s collaborative interdisciplinary ethos.  


The postdoctoral fellowship is open to applicants of early career status. There is no age criterion for the fellowship. Instead, eligible applicants are expected to be at an early stage in their career. This is defined as holding, or being about to be awarded, a PhD on 1 June 2023 and having received their PhD no earlier than 1 June 2020. Exemption from this criterion may be granted for reasons occurring after the date of the Viva Voce examination (PhD defence) such as: maternity or paternity leave, illness, family commitments, etc. You must be able to engage critically and creatively with relevant theoretical and conceptual frameworks within your discipline and beyond. You should have strong communication and organisational skills with a passionate interest and expertise in carrying out research. You should be able and willing to work in a team and contribute to Centre events and publications.  


The successful candidate will have interdisciplinary or disciplinary training in the arts, humanities, social or natural sciences and must be able to contribute to at least one of the Departments/Schools that are already involved in the Centre as listed on the CEE website ( The successful candidate will be interested in interdisciplinary conversations, collaboration and have strong interest and expertise in topics of energy ethics.  


In addition to the online application, you are asked to submit a cover letter, CV, 2 references, and an outline (no more than 2 pages) of their current research and their future research project which includes a consideration of specific grant schemes to which they will apply during the fellowship.  


Further details of the project can be found at Centre for Energy Ethics or by contacting the Centre Director, Dr Mette M. High, at  


Applications are particularly welcome from people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in research posts at the University.    


Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience.  We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter, Race Charters and Stonewall). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network.  Full details available online:  


Closing Date: 31 March 2023                                     Interview Date: 9 May 2023   


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School of Philosophical Anthropological & Film Studies

Salary: £36,333 per annum (£37,099 from 1 August 2023)

Start Date: 1 September 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter

Fixed Term: 12 months

Research Fellow – AR2789NB