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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, cgs.umd.edu) at the University of Maryland is looking for Post Masters Research Associate(s) with strong analytical 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 for one year and renewable to two years based on performance.

The mission of CGS is, through our research and policy engagement, to change the way that governments, diverse organizations, and people around the world envision and implement new possibilities for ambitious climate action. Our team has significant and diverse experience in both delivering field-leading research and informing, supporting, and implementing policy in national and international contexts.

The Post-Masters Research Associate will work with CGS and our collaborators, as appropriate, to develop and apply robust and innovative research approaches to better understand pathways to reach challenging and ambitious climate and sustainability goals at international, national, and/or subnational levels. Such research approaches may include integrated quantitative analysis and modeling, empirical methods, qualitative and mixed methods, or other approaches to understanding energy systems, land use, non-CO2 climate forcers, and other topics at the center of climate policy and sustainability debates.

Specific projects may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Near- and long-term low-carbon development strategies of key countries, such as China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, etc.
  • All-of-society climate mitigation strategies in the United States.
  • Pathways to achieve Maryland’s 2031 emissions reduction and net-zero targets.
  • Accelerated fossil transition pathways in key countries, potentially including but not limited to subnational strategies.
  • Co-benefits of climate change mitigation, such as air quality and human health, economic development, and other national priorities.
  • Scenarios for analyzing climate and transition risks to the economy and financial system.
  • Decarbonization strategies for industry, transportation, and other sectors.
  • Methane and other non-CO2 reduction strategies at national or subnational levels.
  • Agricultural and other land-related mitigation options.

Primary duties and tasks of this position may include:

  • Conduct background research and analysis of climate, energy, environment, and sustainable development policies.
  • Conduct background research on energy technology trends.
  • Collect and synthesize data for use in quantitative, integrated modeling.
  • Process, analyze, and visualize data.
  • Modify and run the GCAM integrated assessment model to produce different policy and technology scenarios.
  • Process and downscale model outputs to needed resolution.
  • Contribute to developing reports and research papers.
  • Support policy engagements with key local, national, and international stakeholders.
  • Use a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to address key research questions.

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

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 have at least 3 years full-time experience as a Research Associate, or equivalent appointment at another institution.
  • Excellent English language proficiency required, particularly written.

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.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Coding skills in R and/or Python.
  • Dedication and strong ability to learn quickly.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment.

To apply, please send a CV/resume and cover letter to Prof. Ryna Cui (ycui10@umd.edu) and Jenna Behrendt (jbehrend@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 February 1st, 2022.

About the Center for Global Sustainability: Through world-leading research and policy engagement, the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland seeks to change the way that governments, businesses, and people envision and implement possibilities for ambitious climate action. Founded in 2016 in response to the need for thought leadership, analysis, and engagement to support the achievement of global climate goals, its programs advance understanding to support ambitious national and subnational climate strategies, fossil phase-out, energy innovation, finance, and other priorities in the United States, China, Indonesia, India, Brazil, and other major economies. CGS currently supports about 30 researchers and works with a rich community of collaborators around the world. CGS is housed within the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, which 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, 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 strengths in climate, energy, and environmental policy, environmental and earth sciences, remote sensing, climate, and energy modeling, and computational and social sciences.

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, cgs.umd.edu) at the University of Maryland (UMD) seeks to hire up to two postdoctoral research associates with strong research, project management, writing, and communication skills and a desire to apply those skills in support of climate and sustainability issues. The candidate should have strong potential for research production and a desire to build skills in linking analysis and policy. This position will be a full-time appointment for two years.

The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will work with CGS faculty and researchers, and our collaborators, as appropriate, to develop and apply robust and innovative research approaches to better understand pathways to reach challenging and ambitious climate and sustainability goals at international, national, and/or subnational levels. Such research approaches may include integrated quantitative analysis and modeling (including integrated assessment models such as GCAM), empirical methods, qualitative and mixed methods, or other approaches to understanding energy systems, land use, non-CO2 climate forcers, and other topics at the center of climate policy and sustainability debates. Specific projects may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Near- and long-term low carbon development strategies of key countries
  • Accelerated fossil transition pathways in key countries, potentially including but not limited to subnational strategies
  • Co-benefits of climate change mitigation, such as air quality and human health, economic development and other national priorities
  • Scenarios for analyzing climate and transition risks to the economy and financial system
  • Decarbonization strategies for the industrial, transportation, and other sectors
  • Methane and other non-CO2 reduction strategies at national or subnational levels
  • Agricultural and other land-related mitigation options

Primary duties of this position include:

  • Conduct research on low-carbon strategies and energy transition pathways to inform the development of climate, energy, and environment strategies in key countries of interest, including potentially the U.S., China, Indonesia, India, Brazil, and/or South Africa.
  • Lead publication of research papers and reports on these topics.
  • Contribute to developing and expanding the research agenda and developing new proposals with project leads.

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 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, integrated assessment modeling, climate mitigation, energy transitions, environment and sustainability preferred.
  • Strong coding skills in R and/or Python, where appropriate for the candidate’s discipline
  • Excellent English language proficiency required, particularly written.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment.

To apply, please submit a CV and a cover letter to Prof. Ryna Cui (ycui10@umd.edu) and Dr. Mengye Zhu (mzhu1234@umd.edu) with an email subject of “CGS-Postdoc: Last Name, First Name”. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled; the priority deadline is December 1st, 2022.

About the Center for Global Sustainability: Through world-leading research and policy engagement, the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland seeks to change the way that governments, businesses, and people envision and implement possibilities for ambitious climate action. Founded in 2016 in response to the need for thought leadership, analysis, and engagement to support the achievement of global climate goals, its programs advance understanding to support ambitious national and subnational climate strategies, fossil phase-out, energy innovation, finance, and other priorities in the United States, China, Indonesia, India, Brazil, and other major economies. CGS currently supports about 30 researchers, and works with a rich community of collaborators around the world. CGS is housed within the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, which 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, 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 strengths in climate, energy, and environmental policy, environmental and earth sciences, remote sensing, climate and energy modeling, and computational and social sciences.

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.

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.

Background Checks: Offers of employment at the University of Maryland are contingent on completion of a background check. A prior criminal conviction or convictions will not automatically disqualify a finalist from employment in the position.

The Center for Global Sustainability (CGS, cgs.umd.edu) at the University of Maryland is looking for research assistant(s) with excellent research, coordination, and communication skills. The mission of CGS is, through our research and policy engagement, to change the way that governments, diverse organizations, and people around the world envision and implement new possibilities for ambitious climate action. Our team has significant and diverse experience in both delivering field-leading research and informing, supporting, and implementing policy in national and international contexts.

These will be hourly positions up to 20 hours/week over the semester and up to 40 hours/week over the summer. The research assistants will work with CGS and our collaborators, as appropriate, to apply robust and innovative research approaches to understanding national climate ambition, energy transition, climate finance, nonCO2 mitigation, and other topics at the center of climate policy and sustainability debates.

Specific projects may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Near- and long-term low carbon development strategies of key countries
  • All-of-society climate mitigation strategies in the United States
  • Accelerated fossil transition pathways in key countries, potentially including but not limited to subnational strategies
  • Co-benefits of climate change mitigation, such as air quality and human health, economic development, and other national priorities
  • Scenarios for analyzing climate and transition risks to the economy and financial system
  • Decarbonization strategies for industry, transportation, and other sectors
  • Methane and other non-CO2 reduction strategies at national or subnational levels
  • Agricultural and other land-related mitigation options

Specific tasks may include the following:

  • Conduct background research and analysis of climate, energy, environment, and sustainable development policies
  • Collect, analyze and visualize data
  • Contribute to writing reports and potential research papers
  • Support research communications, data visualization, and content creation for all of CGS’s digital mediums

Specific required skills are:

  • Knowledge in climate, energy, and sustainability issues and policies
  • Excellent English language proficiency required, particularly written
  • Dedication and strong ability to learn quickly
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment
  • Background in quantitative analysis, data collection and management

Specific preferred skills include:

  • Ability to read and interpret legislation
  • Coding skills in R, Python and/or STATA
  • Geospatial analysis and/or econometric skills

To apply, please send a CV/resume and brief cover letter to Prof. Ryna Cui (ycui10@umd.edu) and Jenna Behrendt (jbehrend@umd.edu). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

About the Center for Global Sustainability: Through world-leading research and policy engagement, the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland seeks to change the way that governments, businesses, and people envision and implement possibilities for ambitious climate action. Founded in 2016 in response to the need for thought leadership, analysis, and engagement to support the achievement of global climate goals, its programs advance understanding to support ambitious national and subnational climate strategies, fossil phase-out, energy innovation, finance, and other priorities in the United States, China, Indonesia, India, Brazil, and other major economies. CGS currently supports about 30 researchers, and works with a rich community of collaborators around the world. CGS is housed within the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, which 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, 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 strengths in climate, energy, and environmental policy, environmental and earth sciences, remote sensing, climate and energy modeling, and computational and social sciences.

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.