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RENOVIT - A just renovation of buildings: analysing the techno-economic, environmental and social feasibility of energy retrofitting in vulnerable households

Energy poverty refers to ‘the inability to attain a socially and materially necessitated level of domestic energy services’, which can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. One strategy to help achieve this goal is boosting energy retrofitting, which involves making changes to existing buildings to improve their energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption. This can include measures like upgrading insulation, replacing old appliances with more energy-efficient ones, and installing efficient devices like heat pumps. Energy retrofitting not only helps reduce energy poverty but also contributes to a more sustainable future by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels.

At the IIT, we are working very actively to understand all the dimensions of energy poverty and proof of that is the numerous projects developed in the last years in collaboration with the Chair of Energy and Poverty. To extend this work into the evaluation of the social, economic and environmental impacts of energy retrofitting, we are looking for a candidate to develop a PhD thesis focusing on these issues and framed in an interdisciplinary research environment.


The candidate must have a master's degree in engineering with knowledge of the energy sector, the most relevant being the issues related to energy poverty and housing retrofitting. Professional proficiency in Excel will be required. Knowledge of building energy simulation programs (i.e. EnergyPlus) will be an asset. Writing and speaking fluently in Spanish and English are also required, as well as a good academic record and the ability to work in a team. Experience and motivation at a professional and personal level to get involved in the fight against poverty or other social problems will be an asset as well.

What do we offer?

We offer a full-time annual contract for the completion of the PhD and its corresponding training activities. The selected person will be hired every year for a maximum period of 3 years. The gross salary for the first year (2023) is €25,896.34.  In addition, the IIT covers 90% of the fees for the training activities and will have access to all the services offered by the University (Sports, Cultural Activities, Library, etc.).


Curriculum vitae, academic record, cover letter and two recommendation letters.