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Postdoctoral Research Associate
Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey
Date Posted 06/16/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled
A postdoctoral research associate or more senior position is available through Princeton University's Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). The position is also affiliated with Princeton's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and School of Public and International Affairs.  Applications are encouraged from individuals with research interests in the current and future decarbonization of India's energy system and a PhD in, or related to, energy systems modeling and analysis.

The position is with Rapid Switch, a multi-disciplinary collaboration, including researchers in the U.S., China, India, and Australia, that seeks to identify pathways to accelerate decarbonization of energy systems by assessing bottlenecks, barriers and resistive forces.  Factors that can retard the pace of transition are diverse: industrial bottlenecks (technological challenges, natural resource availability and constraints in material supplies and manufacturing capacity), regulatory limitations, economic forces and fiscal constraints, political constraints and competing goals, collective action problems, consumer preferences and fears, lack of public acceptance, resistance by incumbent industries, rational and irrational influences on public and private investment decisions, and others.  Bottlenecks and resistive forces are likely to be exacerbated in key countries like India, where the global decarbonization agenda may be subordinate to economic growth and other national development priorities and stands in conflict with historical equity and justice considerations. Understanding India's ability to shift to a low-carbon energy path without compromising its development agenda will be crucial to achieving global decarbonization ambitions.  

Applicants should have a strong background, including PhD , in a relevant science or engineering discipline. We are specifically seeking candidates with interest and experience in applied, interdisciplinary research with strong modelling and/or analytical skills and, preferably, demonstrated ability working with scientists and engineers in international field settings.  Candidates should also have enthusiasm for engaging with other researchers at Princeton carrying out disciplinary and interdisciplinary energy-system decarbonization studies in a variety of regional settings including India.

Candidates must have excellent English written and spoken communication skills. Candidates may also be asked to participate in the teaching program contingent upon course enrollments and the approval of the Dean of the Faculty, or in other academic activities.

The appointment will be for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year, based on performance and availability of funding.  Successful candidates may start as early as August 1, 2021 depending on University travel restrictions and the ability for us to welcome the candidate to campus.  Work may begin remotely prior to being in person. 

Interested applicants should apply online at https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/position/20941 and submit a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references. 

The position is subject to the University's background check policy.
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