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Postdoctoral Researcher – Low Carbon Transitions of Energy Systems - Environmental Studies

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 16th, 2020

Last review date: Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Apr 29, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher, with an anticipated start date of February 1, 2020 or soon thereafter. The Program is looking for individuals with particular emphasis in the area of Low Carbon Transitions of Energy Systems.

The Clean Energy Transformation Lab (CETlab) at the University of California, Santa Barbara is part of the Environmental Studies Program. Ongoing CETlab projects are focused on understanding and supporting clean energy transitions in California, India, and Sub-saharan Africa through modeling and development of decision-support tools. Lab projects include the Multi-criteria Analysis for Planning Renewable Energy (MapRE) initiative, a spatial analysis platform for planning renewable energy deployment, and GridPath, an electricity system planning and operations analysis platform.

The ideal candidate will lead at least two related research tracks modeling low-carbon electricity systems: the first track examines a specific component of an existing project integrating climate change considerations in low-carbon power sector planning for Southern Africa; the second track offers flexibility in designing a new project that contributes to the development and application of the GridPath capacity expansion and production cost modeling platform. The ideal candidate will be expected to lead or contribute to peer-reviewed publications, give oral presentations, and develop policy briefs and reports to funders and agencies. The ideal candidate will work closely with Dr. Ranjit Deshmukh as well as CETlab graduate students, postdocs, and lab collaborators.

At a minimum, applicants must hold a PhD in engineering, interdisciplinary energy studies, or a related field at the time of application. Preferred qualifications for the ideal candidate include having domain knowledge in energy studies, power systems, renewable energy grid integration, and optimization models. Preferred qualifications also include extensive experience with managing, processing, and analyzing large datasets and strong programming skills especially in Python, Pyomo, and SQL. An interest in and track record of publishing in top academic journals is preferred. Experience in hydrological modeling is preferred. It is preferred that the ideal candidate should also have strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with academic, NGO and government partners, and to work effectively as part of a highly collaborative research team. Strong scientific writing and presentation skills are essential and preferred. Start date is negotiable, but ideally would be after February 1, 2020 or soon thereafter. The duration of the initial appointment is 12 months, with reappointment for another 12 months based on performance and availability of funding. The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.

Applications should be submitted electronically, and must include:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• One Peer Reviewed Article
• Contact information for 3 references.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UC Santa Barbara. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. The Program encourages all applicants to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research. These statements, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence of research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various under-represented groups; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of equitable access and diversity in research; and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholars and students.

Applications received by January 29, 2020 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Sample Peer Reviewed Publication

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)