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Assistant Research Scholar - Climate & Sustainability

College Park, MD 

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Center for Global Sustainability (CGS, at the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Public Policy seeks an Assistant Research Scholar with strong research, project management, writing, and communication skills and a desire to apply those skills in support of climate and sustainability issues. This position will be a full-time appointment.

CGS works to catalyze more effective action on climate and sustainability challenges by integrating engagement across diverse communities with our ability to generate high-quality analysis. Our team of scholar-practitioners has significant and diverse experience in implementing real policy and decision making at the highest levels, and simultaneously in leading the field in research. CGS works to build global capacity for analysis to support climate ambition and action, to understand cleaner energy technology pathways, to enhance resilience to climate change, and to support new approaches to energy and climate finance.

The Assistant Research Scholar will work with CGS to conduct integrated quantitative analysis and/or modeling of energy systems, policy formulation and assessment, land use, or related issues at the center of climate and sustainability debates.

Specific projects may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Exploring near- and long-term low carbon development strategies of selected countries.
    Investigating sub-national accelerated coal transition pathways in key countries of interest.
    Evaluating the co-benefits of climate change mitigation, such as air quality and human health, economic development and other national priorities.
    Developing scenarios for analyzing climate and transition risks to the economy and financial system.
    Exploring decarbonization strategies for the industrial, transportation, and other sectors.
    Incorporating agricultural and other land-related mitigation options into international climate agreements.

These projects could also involve research collaborations with partners at the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI, on quantitative analysis of climate and sustainability issues.

Primary duties and tasks of this position would include:

  • Lead or co-lead research on low-carbon transitions to inform the development of climate, energy, environmental, and green growth strategies in key countries.
    Lead publication of research papers and reports on these topics.
    Communicate research outcomes to different audiences and stakeholders.
    Manage a team, timeline, and budget for a portfolio of research projects.
    Develop a research agenda and write funding proposals.

The candidate should be self-motivated, team-oriented, and interested in developing and applying high-quality research to inform policy-making on climate and sustainability issues.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have a doctoral degree from an accredited college or university.


  • Ph.D. in Public Policy, Engineering, Economics, or related field, with expertise in climate, energy and sustainability issues.
    At least 1 year full-time experience as a postdoc or an Assistant Research Scholar or equivalent appointment at another institution.
    Writing effectively for diverse applications is a key part of this position. Excellent English language proficiency.
    Background in quantitative or qualitative analysis.
    Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment.
    Experience in project management and/or proposal writing.

Diversity Statement: The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.



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Posted September 28, 2021

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