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Postdoctoral Scholar

Cyclotron Road

Cyclotron Road

California, USA
Posted on Monday, June 10, 2024

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar to join the team.

The Electricity Markets & Policy (EMP) Department informs public and private decision making through technical, economic, and policy analysis of energy-related topics. Staff at EMP employ a range of interdisciplinary methods and tools appropriate to the topic at hand, including primary data, economic, and statistical analyses; modeling; and survey and interview-based research. We are conducting cost-effectiveness analysis and modeling to understand the potential growth in non-CO2 GHGs and climate super pollutants.

The current initiative seeks to 1) conduct deeper techno-economic analysis of methane and other non-CO2 GHG mitigation measures and evaluate their cost-effectiveness under China-specific context, 2) develop a deep mitigation and policy constraints scenario to understand the potential and benefits for additional reductions beyond current mitigation measures, and 3) develop a roadmap in reducing methane emissions in China before 2030.

What You Will Do:

  • Conduct research and use quantitative methodologies to analyze the cost-effectiveness of mitigation measures and policies for climate super pollutant emissions (including specifically methane, F-gases, N2O, and black carbon) in various sectors and relevant mitigation measures.

  • Help conduct literature review and data collection to support the development of modeling parameters and inputs for emission mitigation scenarios, conduct cost-effectiveness and marginal cost of abatement analyses.

  • Prepare scientific reports.

  • Conduct related technology and policy research.

What is Required:

  • Ph.D. degree in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Energy and Resources, or equivalent relevant qualification with demonstrated work or research experience of a minimum of 2 years in the area of emissions modeling.

  • Coursework related to environmental economics.

  • Experience working with cost-effectiveness and abatement cost analysis, energy and GHG emissions modeling.

  • Experience working with public entities and policymaking bodies.

  • Ability to work independently according to technical guidelines, and collaboratively as part of a team.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to read Chinese source material.

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  • This is a full-time 2 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

  • The monthly salary range for this position is $4,636.00 / mo - $7,103.00 / mo and is expected to start at $6,433.00 / mo or above. Postdoctoral positions are paid on a step schedule per union contract and salaries will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates. Each step represents one full year of completed post-Ph.D. postdoctoral and/or related research experience.

  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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