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Various RGU partner locations, AB10 7AQ
£30,942 - £33,797 per year
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37 hours per week

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Job Summary

RGU and the Oil & Gas Technology Centre have partnered to create the National Subsea Centre (NSC), a multi-million-pound Centre of Excellence for Subsea Research and Technology development. The NSC will harness the University’s academic expertise, research capability and facilities to establish a world-class research and development centre focused on tackling the underwater challenges faced by all marine industries tackling sustainable economic development.

There will be a focus on applied Digital science coupled with Subsea engineering and Energy Integration. We aim to accelerate the development and adoption of marine engineering and technologies that unlock the full potential of the UKCS as a sustainable energy hub that builds upon the UK’s leadership in a growing global market. The NSC will be working across industrial sectors (oil and gas, offshore marine renewables, marine aquaculture) within the context of the Blue economy.

We seek a motivated Research Assistant techno-economic analysis of hydrogen and ammonia energy for subsea system integration.

The post is intended to support the research work of the National Subsea Centre, which applies novel subsea engineering into offshore renewable energy research to challenging real-world problems.

We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in the following areas:

• Techno-economic assessment of renewable energy technologies

• Energy policy and the environment

• Strategic risk management

• Environmental impact assessment

• Energy management, Accounting and Finance.

Our research has a strong focus on robust real-world application and so a flexible skill set and a willingness to engage with industry are a key requirement of the role. Experience in industrially applied research is desirable but not essential.

Appointment will be decided on the academic quality and potential of the candidates. 

You will be predominately based at the National Subsea Centre at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Travel will be required from time to time to visit industrial or academic collaborators or to disseminate research.

This post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. For more information visit: 

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered. 

We would particularly welcome applications from women as they are under-represented in this area of our workforce.

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Professor James Njuguna

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibilities

PURPOSE OF POST:  The post is intended to support the research work of the National Subsea Centre, which applies novel subsea engineering into offshore renewable energy research to challenging real-world problems.


• Execute a work programme under supervision, aligned with research projects and grants.

• Contribute to the production of periodic internal and grant reports as required.

• Explore, understand, and critically evaluate existing technologies and practices in use and make Techno-economic-Environmental impact recommendations.

• Carry out experimental work under supervision and contribute to the writing of academic publications.

• Make presentations at conferences, workshops and seminars, as directed, to disseminate the outcome of research work.

• Interact with academic and research staff within the Centre and its research groups to develop an awareness of research and research methods and to inform research activity.

• Work towards a PhD degree where appropriate and as agreed with the Line Manager.

• Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Academic Team.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Working towards a PhD in renewable energy for subsea system or related discipline, at any stage.


• Introductory knowledge of techno-economic assessment of renewable energy technologies

• Energy policy and the environment

• Strategic risk management


• Data analysis (including SPSS) GIS (ArcGIS Software) SimaPro

• Excellent communication skills

• Time Management



Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Speciality in techno-economic assessment and energy management


One or more of the following:

• Environmental impact assessment

• Energy management

• Accounting and Finance

• Simulation


One of the following:

• Masters project in a relevant area

• Experience in data gathering techniques

• Experience of team working

• Strong technical writing skills

• Experience in feasibility study

• Team working and collaboration


Behaviour 1 - Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner.

Behaviour 2 - Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards.

Behaviour 3 - Analysis and Research - Experience of identifying or designing data gathering and analytical methods appropriate for each investigation, and producing reports that identify key issues and findings.

Behaviour 4 - Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner, working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships and leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest.

Behaviour 5 - Teaching and Learning Support - Experience of providing standard information or delivering teaching or training, designing content or learning materials within existing frameworks and developing innovative approaches to learning experience and the curriculum.

Behaviour 6 - Decision Making - Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others.


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