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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, https://cgs.umd.edu/) 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.

Job Description 

The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will primarily work on a project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, working with CGS and collaborating with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (75% of the time). The interdisciplinary project aims to understand how the interactions between corporations announcing commitments to decarbonization and the innovative start-ups that they invest in are shaping future technology trajectories. The project will (1) develop and analyze a large, global database on climate-tech start-ups and funding outcomes and (2) develop a framework to analyze the system-wide impacts of investments in an integrated assessment model. In addition to this project, the Post-Doctoral Research Associate will engage in other, related projects in the CGS portfolio, potentially including employment and low-carbon transition, international mitigation strategy, and subnational approaches to climate mitigation (25% of the time).

The primary duties and tasks of this position would potentially include:

  • Expand and analyze novel datasets on climate and energy technology innovation and climate-tech start-ups. Conduct statistical analyses to quantitatively assess the relationships between different types of investors and climate-tech start-ups.
  • Contribute to developing approaches for linking granular data on climate and energy innovation with integrated assessment models (IAMs) to assess emissions reductions and other societal outcomes.
  • Contribute to policy analysis on how to incentivize and increase the flow of private resources to climate-tech start-ups to maximize emissions reductions and long-term societal benefits.
  • Lead publication of research papers and outreach and communication activities on these topics. 
  • Contribute to developing a research agenda and grant proposals with the project leads.
  • Engage with the broader CGS team to support and conduct analysis relevant to other CGS priorities, potentially including employment and low-carbon transition, international mitigation strategy, and subnational approaches to climate mitigation. 
  • Collaborate with researchers at our partner organization, Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI, http://www.globalchange.umd.edu/) on quantitative analysis of climate and sustainability issues

The candidate should be committed to the values and goals of CGS, self-motivated, team-oriented, interested in applying quantitative methods to assess issues in climate, energy, and sustainability, and interested in communicating with key stakeholders. 

The desired qualifications are:

  • Holding a Doctoral degree within the past 36 months or expecting one within the next 6 months from an accredited college or university in a wide variety of fields related to energy, environment, or innovation. 
  • Background in quantitative analysis (especially in statistical methods and data science).
  • Experience with or interest in systems models (especially integrated assessment models). 
  • 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 curriculum vitae and a brief cover letter to Dr. Kavita Surana (ksurana@umd.edu) and Dr. Leon Clarke (lclarke@umd.edu) with an email subject of “CGS-Postdoctoral: Last Name, First Name”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled; the priority deadline is May 25th, 2021.

Vaccine Protocol: The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.

About the Center for Global Sustainability (CGS): The Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) integrates research, education and collaborative engagement to catalyze more effective policy and action on climate and sustainability. CGS works to build global capacity for analysis to support climate ambition at national, sub-national, and global levels; to understand cleaner energy technology pathways; to enhance resilience to climate change; and to support new approaches to energy and climate finance. CGS is based at the University of Maryland, the major research university in the Washington DC area, and a land-grant, sea-grant, public research university, with $1.1 billion annually in combined research awards. CGS is part of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy which focuses on blending governance at local, state, national, and international levels, with roughly 80 faculty and 1600 graduate, undergraduate, and executive students.

Diversity Statement: The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. The Center for Global Sustainability is committed to fostering a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive world both within our community and through collaborative research and action. Read the CGS Vision on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion here.

 

The Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) at the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Public Policy seeks an Assistant Research Scholar with strong research, project management, writing, and communication skills and a desire to apply those skills in support of climate and sustainability issues. This position will be a full-time appointment.

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

The Assistant Research Scholar will work with CGS to conduct integrated quantitative analysis and/or modeling of energy systems, policy formulation and assessment, land use, or related issues at the center of climate and sustainability debates. Specific projects may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Exploring near- and long-term low carbon development strategies of selected countries.
  • Investigating sub-national accelerated coal transition pathways in key countries of interest. 
  • Evaluating the co-benefits of climate change mitigation, such as air quality and human health, economic development and other national priorities.
  • Developing scenarios for analyzing climate and transition risks to the economy and financial system.
  • Exploring decarbonization strategies for the industrial, transportation, and other sectors.
  • Incorporating agricultural and other land-related mitigation options into international climate agreements.

These projects could also involve research collaborations with partners at the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) on quantitative analysis of climate and sustainability issues.

Primary duties and tasks of this position would include:

  • Lead or co-lead research on low-carbon transitions to inform the development of climate, energy, environmental, and green growth strategies in key countries.
  • Lead publication of research papers and reports on these topics.
  • Communicate research outcomes to different audiences and stakeholders.
  • Manage a team, timeline, and budget for a portfolio of research projects.
  • Develop a research agenda and write funding proposals.

The candidate should be self-motivated, team-oriented, and interested in developing and applying high-quality research to inform policy-making on climate and sustainability issues. Specific required and preferred skills are:

Minimum qualifications:

  • Candidates must have a doctoral degree from an accredited college or university.

Desired qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Public Policy, Engineering, Economics, or related field, with expertise in climate, energy and sustainability issues.
  • At least 1 year full-time experience as a postdoc or an Assistant Research Scholar or equivalent appointment at another institution.
  • Writing effectively for diverse applications is a key part of this position. Excellent English language proficiency.
  • Background in quantitative or qualitative analysis.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Experience in project management and/or proposal writing.

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-Asst-Res-Sch: Last Name, First Name”. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled; the priority deadline is July 5th, 2021.

Vaccine Protocol: The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.

The Center for Global Sustainability integrates research, education and collaborative engagement to catalyze more effective policy and action on climate and sustainability. CGS works to build global capacity for analysis to support climate ambition at national, sub-national, and global levels; to understand cleaner energy technology pathways; to enhance resilience to climate change; and to support new approaches to energy and climate finance. CGS is housed within the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy.

The School of Public Policy focuses on integrating practice with research, blending national and international policy, and working at all policy levels from local to global. It grants degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. It currently counts in its community roughly 800 undergraduates, 300 graduate students, 500 Executive Program students, 60 staff, and 80 faculty. 

The University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, is a land-grant, sea-grant, top tier (R1) research university, and is the major research university in the Washington, DC area, located 8 miles from the U.S. Capitol. It was recently ranked 14th in the U.S. in the National Science Foundation’s national rankings of all universities. It has an annual budget of $2.1 billion and administers approximately $1.2 billion in combined University of Maryland annual research awards. It has world- class strengths in environmental and climate policy, environmental and earth sciences, remote sensing, climate and energy modeling, and the social sciences. The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Diversity Statement: The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. The Center for Global Sustainability is committed to fostering a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive world both within our community and through collaborative research and action. Read the CGS Vision on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion here.

The Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) in the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Public Policy seeks a Post-Masters Research Associate with strong quantitative skills and a desire to apply those skills in support of 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 engagement across diverse communities with our ability to generate high-quality analysis. Our 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 and action, 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-Masters 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 limit to the following:

  • Exploring near- and long-term low carbon development strategies of selected countries.
  • Investigating sub-national accelerated coal transition pathways in key countries of interest. 
  • Evaluating the co-benefits of climate change mitigation, such as air quality and human health, economic development and other national priorities.
  • Developing scenarios for analyzing climate and transition risks to the economy and financial system.
  • Exploring decarbonization strategies for the industrial, transportation, and other sectors.
  • Incorporating agricultural and other land-related mitigation options into international climate agreements.

Primary duties and tasks of this position would include:

  • Collect and synthesize data for use in quantitative, integrated modeling.
  • Modify and run the GCAM integrated assessment model to produce different policy and technology scenarios.
  • Process and downscale model outputs to needed resolution.
  • Conduct background research and analysis of climate, energy, environment, and sustainable development policies.
  • Conduct background research on energy technology trends.
  • Contribute to developing reports and research papers.

The candidate should be self-motivated, team-oriented, and interested in applying quantitative methods to assess climate and sustainability issues. Specific required and preferred skills are:

Minimum qualifications:

  • Candidates must have received a Master’s degree within the past 24 months from an accredited college or university or at least 3 years full-time experience as a Research Associate, or equivalent appointment at another institution.

Desired qualifications:

  • Degree in Public Policy, Engineering, Economics, or related field, with knowledge in climate, energy and sustainability issues.
  • Background in quantitative analysis, data collection and management preferred. 
  • Coding skills in R and/or Python.
  • Excellent English language proficiency required, particularly written.
  • 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-Post-Masters: Last Name, First Name”. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled; the priority deadline is July 5, 2021.

Vaccine Protocol: The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.

The Center for Global Sustainability integrates research, education and collaborative engagement to catalyze more effective policy and action on climate and sustainability. CGS works to build global capacity for analysis to support climate ambition at national, sub-national, and global levels; to understand cleaner energy technology pathways; to enhance resilience to climate change; and to support new approaches to energy and climate finance. CGS is housed within the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy.

The School of Public Policy focuses on integrating practice with research, blending national and international policy, and working at all policy levels from local to global. It grants degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. It currently counts in its community roughly 800 undergraduates, 300 graduate students, 500 Executive Program students, 60 staff, and 80 faculty. 

The University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, is a land-grant, sea-grant, top tier (R1) research university, and is the major research university in the Washington, DC area, located 8 miles from the U.S. Capitol. It was recently ranked 14th in the U.S. in the National Science Foundation’s national rankings of all universities. It has an annual budget of $2.1 billion and administers approximately $1.2 billion in combined University of Maryland annual research awards. It has world- class strengths in environmental and climate policy, environmental and earth sciences, remote sensing, climate and energy modeling, and the social sciences. The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Diversity Statement: The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. The Center for Global Sustainability is committed to fostering a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive world both within our community and through collaborative research and action. Read the CGS Vision on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion here.