SR RESEARCH SCIENTIST, ENERGY & CLIMATE POLICY MODELER, Institute for Sustainable Energy 9790/F2917

Boston, Massachusetts
Jun 29, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Topic: Energy and climate policy research grounded in modeling of energy systems, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy-economy interactions in an urban setting

Start Date: ASAP

Duration: Full-time, one-year position, with extension planned but dependent on funding


Boston is a leader in greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation and has set ambitious goals of cutting emissions by 25% by 2020 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy has joined the Carbon Free Boston (CFB) initiative to support the City’s GHG mitigation goals via the development of policy-driven 2020 and 2050 emission reduction strategies for inclusion in the City’s 2017 Climate Action Plan Update. As the technical lead for the City’s climate policy analysis, the Institute will oversee the development of quantitative models of policies and technologies to mitigate GHG emissions in the transportation, electric power, buildings, and waste sectors for the City, and communicate the results of those models to the City and its stakeholders.

About the Institute for Sustainable Energy

The Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) is a university-wide center dedicated to facilitating the transition to a sustainable, climate-safe global energy system. Through interdisciplinary research, policy analysis, and collaborative engagement, our mission is to ensure that the energy systems of the world provide abundant, sustainable, and universally accessible energy services to both emerging and advanced economies. This enormous challenge will require new technologies and energy processes, new forms of financing and financial institutions, new policy approaches and new forms of public governance, and new companies, industries, and markets. Our work spans all of the disciplines, departments, and colleges at BU and involves many partnerships with other researchers, policymakers, and industry.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Senior Research Scientist will oversee the energy and greenhouse gas modeling and analysis for Boston’s Carbon Free project. These models combine in various ways energy and economic systems, energy technologies, climate change mitigation measures, and policy interventions.

 Specific responsibilities include:

* Oversee and manage for quality control all technical work performed by the sector specific consultants and ISE research personnel.
* Oversee the assemblage of modeled scenarios of the New England power grid through 2050, select a subset as base and sensitivity cases, and extract from them GHG intensity results by year/time/season.
* Develop an analytical tool using Excel or other software that integrates sector specific results into a coherent, overall description of mitigation pathways through 2050.
* Customize an existing waste management tool such as EPA’s WARM Model or RTI’s Municipal Solid Waste Decision Support Tool to assess various waste management policies and technologies to mitigate GHG emissions in Boston.
* Produce, review, and edit technical reports, briefs, and presentations on modeling and policy research.
* Collaborate with technical staff in city, regional, and state offices, the private sector, and academia to ensure that the technical analysis is built on the best possible data and knowledge.


The successful applicant will have:

* A PhD in a related field (e.g. energy/environmental sciences, energy/environmental policy, climate policy, energy engineering) is preferred.  Candidates with a Masters degree in a related field, plus substantial, relevant work experience may also be considered.
* Expertise in energy and/or climate policy, energy technologies, and climate change mitigation.
* Demonstrated experience designing, building, and using energy system models for policy analysis, especially climate mitigation analysis.
* A strong background in quantitative methods and data analysis related to energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
* Demonstrated project and task management capabilities, including supervising other staff and quality assuring work products.
* Strong leadership, management, technical, communications, interpersonal, and networking skills.
* Excellent writing and presentation skills (for both technical and non-technical audiences) and a record of presenting research results in academic, policy, or other forums.


How to Apply

1. Applications should be sent via email to Dr. Jacqueline Ashmore <>, with the subject line, “Research Scientist: Energy and Climate Policy Modeler.”
2. Attach a CV.  Please be sure to provide dates of employment including month/year as it will be used to help determine how you meet the qualifications listed above.
3. Attach a letter of interest (up to two pages in length) that includes information on relevant experience, interests, and specific skills you would bring to the position. In your letter of interest please address the desired attributes listed above.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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