The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs seeks a Staff Associate III (Officer of Research) for a major research initiative on clean energy innovation and low-carbon industrial systems. The topics of this initiative will include global collaboration on clean energy technology research, development, and demonstration; US public policies to promote the scale-up of clean energy technologies; and deep dives on low-carbon fuels and processes, zero-C hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, and CO2 use/recycling. Successful execution will require supporting original research, working with research partners and communicating research findings clearly and concisely to a range of audiences in a manner that maximizes policy impact, as well as contributing to the Center's wider research and convening efforts. The position will engage at a high level with key stakeholders; a high level of verbal and written communications, and cultural awareness, skills are required. The position will report to Senior Research Scholars Dr. Varun Sivaram and Dr. Julio Friedmann.
The successful candidate will spend 2/3 of his/her time on clean energy innovation policy and international collaboration, including the following responsibilities:
Conducting interviews and literature surveys to support reports on (a) a US government strategy for international collaborations on clean energy innovation (both bilateral collaborations with key partners and multilateral processes such as Mission Innovation); and (b) a new US Department of Energy office focused on scaling up clean energy technologies and partnering with the private sector to develop commercialization pathways
Drafting sections of reports and writing research memos synthesizing literature and interviews
Using MS Excel and other tools to analyze data and create and format figures
Editing and formatting manuscripts
Project managing report production, rollout, and outreach, including event management, speaker invitations, and media interactions
Conducting research on applications of machine learning and digital technologies to clean energy systems, in partnership with the Columbia Data Science Initiative
The successful candidate will spend the remaining 1/3 of his/her time on low-carbon industrial systems, including the following responsibilities:
To construct, modify, and assess engineering models (e.g., Aspen, spreadsheet) for commercial large industrial producers;
To modify and interrogate these models to understand how policy options and approaches can improve and affect industrial decarbonization;
To undertake techno-economic analysis of decarbonization options within the industrial sector;
To consider new or modified policy options to assist in CCUS deployment in the US;
To write and assist in the writing of reports, manuscripts, and articles on engineering & policy options for CCUS application to power & industrial facilities;
To assist and help manage student workers joining the same project;
To take part in relevant meetings at the request of the Dr. Julio Friedmann, Senior Research Scholar.
Internal Number: 6760
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