The Modernising Energy Cooking Services programme aims to break out of the 'business as usual' cycle of developments on cooking by investigating how to rapidly accelerate a transition from biomass to genuinely 'clean' cooking (electric or gas). The burdens of biomass cooking are faced mainly be women and children, including exposure to smoke, time spend collecting wood fuel and time spent tending the fire. The research programme focuses on the need to be a genuine 'service' for poorer households and institutions in low income countries.
As part of the research it is expected that a range of innovative technology-based systems, combining existing technology in new ways and/or developing new components of systems, in order to maximize the potential relevance to markets will be developed and deployed. These will be safe and conform to international standards. Furthermore, it will be necessary to investigate ways to make the modern energy cooking cheaper, more efficient, culturally acceptable, and relevant to consumers in the target countries.
The research programme is led by Loughborough University in collaboration with DFID.
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in electrical or mechanical engineering or physics.
A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Low voltage power, renewable energy, electrical engineering, electrical efficiency, international development engineering.