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André Hoffmann Fellow for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Staff Associate III)

Salary Range: $80,000 – $102,000

Open Applications for Spring 2023 and Summer 2023: 

This full-time post is available immediately on a fixed term basis for a maximum of 2 years, to work on topics and activities related to the Role of Oil & Gas in the Energy Transition with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University SIPA.

The André Hoffmann Fellowship for the Fourth Industrial Revolution offers joint guidance from the Head of Oil and Gas at WEF and a scholar supervisor at CGEP, where the Fellow will be based. In general, Hoffmann Fellows are at the earliest stages of their academic career.

The workstream aims to support honest and inclusive dialogue on the role of the Oil and Gas sector in the global energy transition to net-zero. The initiative will catalyze innovative approaches to the transition, exploring the potential role of new technologies for supporting decarbonization in the Oil and Gas sector as well as how a data-driven approach might bring further clarity and transparency to ongoing and future transition efforts. By connecting key members of Oil & Gas sector with key energy transition stakeholders, this initiative: (i) helps provide insights on potential pathways for accelerating credible and measurable decarbonization in the Oil and Gas sector; (ii) supports dialogue between key stakeholders within and outside of the Oil and Gas sector to help identify potential pathways for supporting the realization of climate mitigation ambitions and accelerate the energy transition; and (iii) employs a data-driven and evidence-based approach to foster trust and open dialogue between key stakeholders. 

The Fellow will support the organizations in driving a deeper understanding of the impacts of racism, environmental justice, gender equality, and inclusion on the energy ecosystem by reflecting this commitment in communications, scholarship, the work environment, and partnerships.

Examples of research questions that could be addressed by the Fellow:

  • How could the Oil and Gas sector be segmented to address sectoral emissions challenges? 
  • What are the main bottlenecks that different Oil and Gas related businesses face in meeting decarbonization commitments?
  • What is on the horizon in terms of new and cutting-edge technological innovation that could help accelerate the transition?
  • How can we use a data-driven approach to bring greater transparency to the efforts to lower emissions and diversify the sector? What are the expected supply deficits (short & medium term) and how can these impact the transition?
  • How can investments play a role in managing transitionary milestones?
  • What policy mechanisms could be used to develop and lock in intermediary milestones?
  • What regional differences exist, if any?

Key Responsibilities: Responsibilities will include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Key initiatives and project management
    • Engage Forum Partners to build selected initiatives. Partners are expected to include leaders from the private sector, governments, international organizations, civil society and researchers from diverse academic disciplines.
    • Support Project Development, incl. drafting of key project documents to further define and scope out the project objectives and deliverables.
    • Support in Project Delivery, incl. preparation and execution of activities aimed at furthering the objectives of the project.
  • Research and thought leadership
    • Research critical issues and trends pertaining to the Energy Transition and the role of Oil and Gas, including the role of new and cutting edge technological innovation to support the transition.
    • Enable research and thought leadership to help shape the initiative, including organizing a dialogue series.
    • Under supervision of the leading scholar, initiate research, conduct literature reviews, generate or collect data, analyze and visualize data.
  • Dialogue program series
    • Preparation and participation in community meetings, dialogue series and other convenings between key stakeholders to deepen understanding of critical challenges and advance the project objectives.
  • General expectations of all research roles
    • Provide support to team members and help manage workflow for team.
    • Support public discussions to improve the general understanding of complex issues. 
    • Regularly contribute to outputs — including short issue briefs, research reports, op-eds, and/or other products — aimed at practical applications and accessibility by practitioners. Contributions will include writing, editing, and formatting.
    • Manage report production, rollout, and outreach, including event management, speaker invitations, media interactions, and other activities as needed.
    • Potentially supervise 1-2 student employees

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (public policy, economics, international affairs, political science, etc.)
  • At least 4-6 years of professional experience across some combination of the following topics: the power sector, electricity markets, renewable energy, natural gas, energy infrastructure development, energy investment, energy markets, energy policy, energy justice, the energy sector, and/or climate policy.
  • Strong verbal communication skills as well as excellent writing and copy-editing skills.
  • Strong project management skills, excellent management of internal and external communications, and extraordinary attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree, PhD in a relevant field (science, engineering, public policy, economics, international affairs, political science), MBA, Law, Engineering or other advanced degree.
  • Proven understanding of the issue of the role of Oil and Gas in the energy transition and challenges and solutions that impact on the broader corporate climate agenda, including the science-based approach to corporate climate targets, climate disclosure mechanisms and climate governance principles. 
  • Experience in public-private collaborations .
  • Demonstrated ability to work across different cultures and with high level officials and executives, as the Forum shares its work with a global audience.
  • Proficiencies in additional languages.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Pay Transparency Disclosure

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training.  The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.