Research Scholar - Global Commodity & Energy Markets & Policy

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The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia|SIPA seeks a Research Scholar to conduct work on global commodity and energy markets and policy. The position will report to the Director of the Center. Successful execution will require generating original research, project management and communicating research findings to a range of audiences in a manner that maximizes policy impact, as well as contributing to the Center’s wider research and convening efforts.

The focus of the scholarship will be around global commodity and energy markets and policy questions related to issues of economics, environment, climate, sustainability. The future of global energy and commodity markets is strongly linked to concepts of energy transitions, climate change, geopolitics, energy security, technology, and U.S foreign and domestic policy. The research will leverage linkages between areas of ongoing work in sustainability, natural gas, renewable energy, energy finance, and energy security at the Center, SIPA and Columbia University. 

The position will engage at a high level with key stakeholders; a high level of verbal and written communications, and cultural awareness, skills are required.

Main Responsibilities

Research and Analysis

  • Identify and execute on priority areas of work and appropriate research methodologies for qualitative and quantitative analysis on both a global and regional scale.
  • Research tasks will include, but are not limited to, expert interviews, literature reviews, quantitative analysis, and policy analysis, as well as writing up research results and drafting reports and other documents
  • Regularly publish outputs that provide quantitative and qualitative analysis on the above areas. These will take the form of research reports, commentary, op-eds, and other outputs.

Management, Coordination and Leadership

  • Support the strategic vision of the work and scope of research questions to explore, including identifying emerging opportunities and challenges, and develop ways in which the Center can generate unique insights to improve public understanding and debate.
  • Help identify the institutions and individuals currently doing leading work in this area and establish and maintain close working relationships with them to explore and develop research partnerships and joint products.
  • Assist in development efforts to secure funding from a variety of sources to support thematic work.
  • Leverage the resources available across Columbia University to ensure the work stream is cross-disciplinary and engages faculty and students from all relevant disciplines.

Convene and Communicate

  • Clearly communicate research findings into actionable, policy-relevant mediums for multiple audiences [e.g. policymakers, private and public sector leaders, general public]. Must possess the ability to convey complex data and information in a succinct and easy to digest manner for immediate impact.
  • Staff high-level roundtables to incorporate expert review from a broad range of perspectives into the research process and Chatham House rule summaries.

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Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree or equivalent, which could include bachelor's degree and high-level, relevant professional experience. Minimum ten years' related experience in global energy markets, analysis and/or policy.  

Also require demonstrated facility with primary data sources such as Bloomberg or Eikon platforms and major databases (e.g., IEA, EIA, OECD); experience in policy analysis and development or advisory services and execution of economic and policy research; extensive knowledge of energy economics, international relations, public policy processes, related institutional arrangements, and relevant policy issues. Proven record of conducting relations at the staff level and the ability to support consensus and interact effectively with multiple stakeholders at various levels of seniority. High level of verbal and written communications and cultural awareness are required, and the ability to build support among partners for policy recommendations, on the basis of evidence-based analysis.  

Preferred Qualifications:

15+ years work experience in economic and energy markets, analysis, and/or policy.  

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Please visit our online application site at:

academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=64988

for further information about this position and to submit your application.

Screening of the candidates will begin immediately and the search will remain open no less than 30 days from the date of posting and continue until filled.  For further information, please contact Jesse McCormick, Center on Global Energy Policy, at jmccormick@columbia.edu.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer; applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.