Researching the Social Aspect of Solar Energy Distribution in Australia

Australia has one of the highest numbers of households with solar panels. Solar energy can help households to reduce their energy bills. Rebates for installation and buy-back policies (feed-in-tariff) are in place to help people adopting rooftop solar panels. However, there are two groups who are missing out: renters and apartment occupants.

New solar energy production and storage pathways are needed to help every Australian to access cheap solar energy. Microgrids and neighbourhood power sharing set to transform how people benefit from and use renewable energy.

This research project aims to investigate how these new pathways are used in Australia, their economic impacts and what is needed to implement them in the Greater Darwin Area.

We are seeking a PhD student with the following desired skills:

  • A first-class Honours or Master’s degree containing a substantial research component in the field of renewable energy engineering, energy economics or environmental economics;
  • Experience in data analysis and modelling
  • A peer-reviewed journal publication; and
  • Very good English skills (IELTS score of at least 6).

What we offer:

  • A stipend of approximately $30,000 per year (adjusted yearly) for 3 years, with an additional one-off $5,000 allocated to support part of the student’s medical insurance and relocation.
  • Tuition fee waiver of the PhD course (approx. $28,000 per year, adjusted yearly) for 3 years.

The application is open for Australian and international candidates. Please apply by sending:

  • Curriculum vitae, including 2 academic referees;
  • A cover letter outlining your research interests in the field;
  • A copy of your academic qualifications and academic transcripts;

Email your application and documentation to

Closing date is 30 April 2021.


Associate Professor Kerstin Zander
Northern Institute
T (61+) 08 8946 7368


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