Energy Adviser (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology)

The Team

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is an office of both Houses of Parliament, with a Board that includes Members of both Houses. It is the main bridge between the research community and the UK Parliament and aims to ensure that all work undertaken by both Houses is evidence-informed.

POST is part of the wider Research and Information team, which delivers research, information and other services for Members, their staff, House staff and the public.


The Role

As Energy Adviser you will support the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) in providing independent and balanced analyses to both Houses of Parliament on public policy issues with a basis in science and technology, especially those related to energy systems and climate change mitigation.

Within your role you’ll be researching and compiling briefing material, drawing on external advice and expertise, to analyse a wide range of subjects in science and technology policy. Recent examples of research and briefing materials the team have worked on include: Sustainable Cooling, Heat networks, Marine Renewables, Bioenergy and Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Climate Change and Aviation and Developments in Wind Power

Will provide assistance to the  parliamentary select committees as requested, e.g. by providing written or oral briefings on energy and climate change related topics.


The Person

To be successful in this role you will have the following skills/experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree (2.2 or higher) in a relevant scientific discipline

  • postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. MSc, MEng, PhD or EngD) and/or relevant work experience energy policy and Climate mitigation policy analysis

  •  Proven experience of policy analysis and/or excellent skills in science and technology communication (oral and written), that show the ability to absorb complex, technical subject matter and draft succinct, objective and impartial briefings. A knowledge of the work of Parliament, especially its Select Committees including an understanding of political processes and issues, and of government.

  • The ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines, setting realistic targets and prioritising effectively between competing priorities to ensure that changing short, medium and long-term demands and deadlines are met. Previous experience of working effectively in a team.