SEAI is Ireland’s national energy authority with a mission to be at the heart of delivering Ireland’s energy revolution and drive the reduction and replacement of fossil fuel usage. SEAI's Behavioural Economics Unit conducts robust behavioural science research to inform policymaking and implementation of SEAI's programmes. The role of Programme Executive, Behavioural Economics Unit is to support the development of the Behavioural Economics Unit in SEAI, and to inform strategy and delivery. The role involves undertaking research and experiments to test behavioural interventions to drive the clean energy transition. It also involves networking with internal and external colleagues to identify areas where the application of behavioural science can help reduce emissions associated with energy use. We are seeking someone with the ability to quickly understand current needs, challenges and opportunities and to deliver these via an agreed programme of work. The ideal candidate should be a self-starter with good understanding of the ways in which behavioural science can be applied to influence energy policy and reduce emissions associated with energy use. Responsibilities The key responsibilities of the Programme Executive, BEU will include but are not limited to the following: Work with the rest of the team conducting research to design and rigorously evaluate behaviourally-informed interventions to reduce emissions in the energy sector: Synthesise existing evidence and summarise key findings and a clear and coherent manner; Formulate research questions relevant to the delivery of SEAI’s strategy; Design and implement qualitative research, surveys and online experiments; Contribute to the design and evaluation of field trials; Conduct statistical analysis of primary and secondary data; Present research results through both internal and external presentations, and through written publications such as SEAI reports and academic papers; Support the translation of behavioural evidence into advice to support SEAI’s strategy and programme delivery, and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment policy development; Work with and support relevant teams within SEAI, other Government Departments and Agencies, and external consultants. Requirements The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate: Degree level qualification in a directly relevant subject area (including but not limited to behavioural science, economics, psychology, sociology, or data science); Experience conducting rigorous quantitative research related to behavioural science and economics; Experience conducting statistical and quantitative analyses using statistical software packages (R or similar); Strong communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences; An interest in applying behavioural insights to sustainable energy topics; Minimum two years’ experience of working in this or a related area (Research experience as part of PhD or MLitt can be considered relevant experience). Some additional requirements would be desirable, but candidates are not expected to demonstrate all of these: Qualification at MSc or PhD level; Advanced data analysis skills, including experience analysing large datasets (e.g. administrative datasets) for the purposes of evaluation or predictive modelling; Experience conducting qualitative research (e.g. focus groups); Experience drafting policy reports and/or academic papers; An appreciation for ethical issues involved in conducting behavioural research; Experience working on energy or climate-related topics; Experience conducting research for policy and working in a multidisciplinary environment. Additional Information As an employer, SEAI operates a blended working policy that facilitates access to remote working options having regard to work-life balance/integration, mental health, and the need for a safe and productive working environment. Blended working arrangements will be operated under SEAI’s Blended Working Policy, which currently requires staff to work from the office a minimum of two (2) days per week.