The SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) is seeking to bring on a graduate student researcher to support the Power Sector and Renewables Research Initiative's  research activities during the 2020-2021 academic year. At this time, the team is seeking to identify a candidate who can support a Senior Research Scholar on issues related to energy, climate change, and air pollution with a particular focus on public health impacts and policy responses. We are looking for someone who can start as soon as possible but no later than the beginning of the fall 2020 semester.

Activities will include:

  1. research and writing on energy issues
  2. helping prepare presentations and teaching materials
  3. helping to structure and then attending events focused on energy policy
  4. consulting on issues and requests that come up on energy topics
  5. other activities, as needed

The team is particularly looking for candidates who are:

  1. interested in energy and climate issues, especially related to the impacts of energy systems on climate change, air pollution, and public health (having worked on or taken classes related to those topics is a plus)
  2. good writers (this is essential)
  3. comfortable with working with data sets in Excel (other programs are a bonus) and creating visuals for presentations and publications
  4. self-starters and able to work remotely
  5. comfortable with multitasking and flexible (i.e., comfortable with last-minute changes, unexpected deadlines, and varying job tasks)
  6. team players, able to disagree without being disagreeable
  7. discreet and of high integrity
  8. familiar with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc and comfortable in helping to prepare charts and visuals
  9. comfortable working in an interdisciplinary and diverse team

In this position, the successful candidate could expect to:

  1. work directly with a Senior Research Scholar within the Power Sector and Renewables Research Initiative at CGEP who would simultaneously serve as supervisor and mentor
  2. have opportunities to attend events
  3. have opportunities for co-authorship of publications (if and as appropriate)

Graduate students from all departments at Columbia University are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will be expected to work for 20 hours per week and will receive compensation of $16/hour (negotiable after the first semester).
Interested candidates should send their resume (2 pages, maximum) and a cover letter (1 page maximum) to Dr. Melissa Lott ([email protected]) with the subject line "Graduate Research Assistant (2020-2021) - Energy, Climate Change, and Health [Candidate Name]" on/before 17 July.