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Head of Research

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location England (London & Greater) - UK
Salary Additional Information Between £54,500-£65,000, plus benefits package / 12 months with opportunity to become permanent
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Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 25/03/2024
Company Name The Association for Decentralised Energy
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  • 25 days annual leave, with a holiday allowance that grows with length of service
  • An interest free “new starter” loan of up to £1000 to help you prepare for taking on your new role – be it to support travel arrangements, or to help you get your home office set up in advance
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Option to access private health insurance as a benefit in kind
  • Pension contributions will be matched up to 8%
  • Season ticket loan to help with travel to and from work
  • Professional development

Why work for us

Do you want to help drive the transformation of our energy system? We are looking for an innovative and impact-focused Head of Research to lead our research team. You may be a mid-career academic or a senior researcher in the private sector: if you are frustrated with the pace of change and want to make a real difference, join us!

ACE Research is an internationally respected research unit that consistently delivers ground-breaking research in decentralised energy – making a real impact in accelerating the transition to net zero.

As part of the ADE, we work with businesses, Government, Parliamentarians, academics and a huge network of stakeholders bringing together research, policy and politics in some of the most difficult areas of energy sector decarbonisation.

The ADE is a small team who are passionate about making a difference in a culture that is collaborative, non-hierarchical and dynamic. In working here, you will have the opportunity to work with great minds from across the energy sector, to make a tangible contribution to the direction of decarbonisation and to develop professionally in leadership, the energy sector and research.

About the role

The ADE is recruiting for its Head of Research.

This is an important role in the ADE, with responsibility for leading the organisation's research team. You will ensure that the team develops and delivers high quality research that can have an impact on policy and practice. This will include co-creation of new research ideas, securing funding, and managing the team to ensure that it is skilled, effective and integrated within the wider ADE.

Person specification

We welcome applicants with a range of backgrounds and experiences, recognising that the skills and insights you've gained elsewhere can be just as valuable as the specific criteria listed below.


  • Strong qualitative and/or quantitative analytical skills, demonstrated through a track record of energy-related research
  • Proven ability to translate research findings into compelling, actionable policy and practice recommendations for specialist and non-specialist audiences alike
  • Proven ability to secure funding for research from a variety of sources such as grants, sponsorship and contracts, and through partnership working
  • Strong analytical and leadership skills, with the capacity to see the big picture and motivating your team with a compelling vision backed up by the ability to deliver
  • Proven ability to build and maintain networks with senior stakeholders in policy, business and academia; demonstrating your ability to act as a champion of the decentralised energy sector
  • Experience in line management
  • The ability to thrive and excel in a a small team environment
  • Experience in managing budgets
  • Team leadership experience, including developing and delivering a team strategy and in developing a high performance team with a culture of collaboration, curiosity and research excellence
  • Proven ability to support more junior members of team to progress and develop professionally via mentorship etc.


How to apply:

Send your CV, including your email address and telephone number, plus a covering letter explaining why the role outlined above is of interest to you and how your experience and skills fit the requirements, to Josie Miller.  

Please provide contact details of two professional referees and indicate whether you are happy for us to contact them in advance of interviews.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 25th March.

Shortlisted candidates invited for interviews within the window of 1st April – 12th April.

You will be asked to complete a short exercise ahead of or after the interview. Details will be provided in due course.

Please note that you must have the existing right to work in UK.

We are actively seeking applications from every part of the community. The ADE is committed to creating a diverse working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration and we operate an anonymised shortlisting process in our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

ACE Research is dedicated to ensuring our application process is accessible to all. Please contact us if you require application materials in different formats or need any adjustments to participate fully in the application process.

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