Staff Associate Officer of Research - China


The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) seeks a Staff Associate Officer of Research to support research, publications and events on Chinese energy and climate policy. The position will report to the Director of the Center and to the Senior Research Scholar who specializes in Chinese energy policy. Successful execution of the role will require supporting and contributing to original research produced by the Center, communicating research findings clearly to a range of audiences, building relationships with key partners and stakeholders in the U.S. and China and helping design and organize workshops, roundtables and conferences on Chinese energy and climate policy. A strong background in energy and climate policy and fluency in English and Chinese are required.

Main Responsibilities

Research and Analysis

  • Help produce research and publications on topics including Chinese oil demand, Chinese solar policies, China's national emissions trading program for greenhouse gases, Chinese climate policies, Chinese energy security policies and the US-China relationship with respect to all of foregoing. 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. 
  • Author, co-author or contribute to research reports, commentary, op-eds and other outputs related to these topics. 
  • Provide research support to Sr. Research Scholars on a special projects basis (e.g., writing memos, creating PPTs and other items as needed). 
  • 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 the research stream. 
  • Leverage the resources available across SIPA and Columbia University to ensure the research effort is cross-disciplinary and engages faculty and students from all relevant disciplines. 

Convene and Communicate

  • Help organize workshops, roundtables and conferences to generate new knowledge as well as dialogue across sectors. 
  • Clearly communicate research findings into actionable, policy-relevant mediums for multiple audiences (e.g. policymakers, private and public sector leaders, general public). 
  • Staff high-level roundtables to incorporate expert review from a broad range of perspectives into the research process and draft workshop summaries.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree with a focus on public policy, international relations, economics, political science, energy policy or similar areas. 
  • 2+ years of work experience with Chinese energy and/or climate issues, policy analysis, development or advisory services. 
  • Strong background in some combination of energy and climate change, international relations and public policy processes. 
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Chinese.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in public policy, international affairs, economics or a directly related field. 
  • 4+ years of work experience with Chinese energy and/or climate issues, policy analysis, development or advisory services. 
  • Experience with project management.  


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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 Joe Chartier, Academic Department Administrator, Office of Academic Affairs, at

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