Earth and Environmental Systems Institute

The Pennsylvania State University

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at the Pennsylvania State University. Successful candidates will become part of an interdisciplinary research network on Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM, Centered at Penn State and linking 18 universities and five research institutions in six nations, SCRiM addresses the question: What are sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and ethically defensible climate-risk management strategies? SCRiM catalyzes fundamental, mission-oriented, and transdisciplinary research to characterize climate risks and trade-offs associated with risk management instruments such as mitigation, adaptation, and geoengineering. The network provides unique opportunities for research, education, outreach, decision support, and professional development. SCRiM postdocs enjoy ample opportunities for transdisciplinary research collaboration as well as professional mentoring by a team of experts in relevant disciplines.

Potential projects for the successful candidate include:
(i) development of models to inform optimal and robust climate mitigation and adaptation strategies under uncertainty with learning
(ii) development of models and methods for analyzing the transition of the energy system to meet multiple goals including low carbon emissions, low water usage, and low air pollution, with a particular focus on the electric power sector and detailed engineering optimization models. The ideal candidate will have a strong quantitative background with expertise in at least one of the following: operations research, power system modeling, optimal control, energy economics, and/or integrated assessment modeling of climate change. The candidate will have considerable freedom to collaboratively design the research within the scope of the broad questions outlined above. While housed with the SCRiM research group, candidates would also have the opportunity to interact with overlapping research communities and projects including the Center for Sustainable Electric Power Systems, Institute for Natural Gas Research, and several other interdisciplinary efforts ongoing at Penn State.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mort Webster (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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