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The Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) works to catalyze more effective action on climate and sustainability challenges by integrating collaborative engagement across diverse communities with our ability to generate high-quality analysis. Our deep team of scholar-practitioners has significant and diverse experience in implementing real policy and decision making at the highest levels, and simultaneously in leading field in research. CGS works to build global capacity for analysis to support climate ambition, to understand cleaner energy technology pathways, to enhance resilience to climate change, and to support new approaches to energy and climate finance. 

Available Positions

The Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) in the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Public Policy seeks a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with strong writing and communication skills, strong quantitative skills, and motivation to apply those skills to support real-world efforts to address climate and sustainability issues. This position will be a full-time appointment for two years.

CGS works to catalyze more effective action on climate and sustainability challenges by integrating collaborative engagement across diverse communities with our ability to generate high-quality analysis. Our deep team of scholar-practitioners has significant and diverse experience in implementing real policy and decision making at the highest levels, and simultaneously in leading field in research. CGS works to build global capacity for analysis to support climate ambition, to understand cleaner energy technology pathways, to enhance resilience to climate change, and to support new approaches to energy and climate finance. CGS collaborates extensively with researchers at the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) on quantitative analysis of climate and sustainability issues.

The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will work with CGS and JGCRI to conduct integrated quantitative analysis and modeling of energy systems, land use, and related issues at the center of climate and sustainability debates. Specific projects may include but not limited to the following:

  • Exploring near- and long-term low carbon development strategies in the U.S. and with partner teams in key other countries.
  • Investigating sub-national accelerated coal transition pathways in the U.S. and other key countries.
  • Evaluating the co-benefits of climate change mitigation, such as air quality and human health, economic development and other national priorities.
  • Understanding the implications of international investments in fossil fuel infrastructure.
  • Incorporating agricultural and other land-related mitigation options into international climate agreements

Primary duties and tasks of this position would potentially include:

  • Conduct research on low-carbon strategies and energy transition pathways to inform the development of climate, energy, environmental, and green growth strategies in specific countries, including, but not limited to the United States,China, India, Brazil, and Indonesia.
  • Lead publication of research papers and reports on these topics.
  • Apply quantitative modeling tools – including but not limited to the GCAM integrated assessment model – to support research and analysis activities, and contributing to model development as needed in this or other platforms.
  • Contribute to developing research agenda and proposals with project leads.

The candidate should be committed to the values and goals of CGS, self-motivated, team-oriented, interested in applying quantitative methods to assess climate and sustainability issues, and interested in approaches to communicate understanding to key stakeholders. Specific required and preferred skills are:

Minimum qualifications:

  • Candidates must have received a Doctoral degree within the past 36 months or within the next 6 months from an accredited college or university

Desired qualifications:

  • Background in quantitative analysis; climate mitigation; energy transitions; energy, environmental and sustainability policy; and/or integrated assessment modeling preferred.
  • Writing effectively for diverse applications is a key part of this position. Excellent English language proficiency required.
  • Strong coding skills in R and/or Python.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment.

To apply, please send a resume and brief cover letter Dr. Leon Clarke (lclarke@umd.edu) and Dr. Ryna Cui (ycui10@umd.edu) with an email subject of “CGS-Postdoctoral: Last Name, First Name”. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled; the priority deadline is December 10th, 2020.