Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Representing Political Economy Insights in Integrated Assessment Models at Penn State University, USA
The School of International Affairs (SIA) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the Pennsylvania State University offer an outstanding opportunity for a postdoc position in Representing Political Economy Insights in Integrated Assessment Models.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated postdoctoral scholar to join a new project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to incorporate political economy insights into the quantitative modeling of decarbonization policies. Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
With a focus on the U.S. climate policy, this project aims to:
1) Organize insights from political economy fields to enable quantitative representations in models;
2) Upgrade IAMs to better represent and assess politically-realistic policy and investment decisions.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to advance their own research while also collaborating with several teams of scholars—in IAMs, and in the social sciences—who are developing new ways to collaborate across disciplines.
The ideal candidate will have experience with integrated assessment modeling or energy system modeling, some familiarity with the social science literature of climate policy and energy transition, and be passionate about interdisciplinary research to understand and inform real-world climate action.
This position is offered for 1 year and can be renewed for 1-2 more years depending on job performance and funding availability. The start date is negotiable (earliest: October 2022).
The postdoc will be jointly hosted by SIA and CEE at Penn State, supervised by Dr. Wei Peng, with close collaboration from Dr. Gokul Iyer (Joint Global Change Research Institute, PNNL/University of Maryland) and Dr. David Victor (UC San Diego).
To apply, please send a CV, a cover letter, and the contact information of 3 references to Dr. Wei Peng (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please indicate “Postdoc application” in the subject line. We will start reviewing applications from September 30, 2022 and will accept applications until the position is filled.