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The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) seeks a Senior Research Scholar for a major research initiative at the intersection of energy and national security. The position will report to the Center's Founding Director. Successful execution will require generating original research, managing external research projects and communicating research findings clearly and concisely to a range of audiences in a manner that maximizes policy impact, as well as contributing to the University's wider research and convening efforts. 

The focus of the scholarship will be around current and future energy-related security issues. As energy policy is intrinsically linked with national security, the focus area is both topical and important. The topic area is strongly linked to concepts of energy markets, energy transitions, geopolitics, and U.S foreign policy. 

The position will necessarily leverage linkages between other areas of ongoing work in natural gas, oil markets, economic statecraft, and foreign policy at the Center, SIPA, Columbia World Projects, and Columbia University more broadly. 

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. The methodologies and disciplines will likely span everything from case studies to detailed policy analysis. Examples of relevant research areas may include, among others: 
    • Risk assessments of critical oil producing countries, sub-regions, non-state actors, and relevant multilateral organizations 
    • Examination of the role of energy in U.S. national security and foreign policy decision-making 
    • Consideration of various options for improving U.S. policy-making in the energy field 
    • Examination of the current risks to America's energy infrastructure 
    • Exploration of emerging technologies and the potential benefits/threats they may pose to the global energy sector 
  • Regularly publish outputs that provide analysis on issues such as illustrated above. These will take the form of research reports, issue briefs, op-eds, and other outputs. 

Management, Coordination and Leadership: 

  • Produce a strategic vision of the program 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Responsible for supervising and directly engaging with the work of external partners to ensure the timely delivery of relevant, rigorous and objective research and analysis. 
  • Assist in securing funding from a variety of sources to support the program's operation. 
  • Leverage the resources available across Columbia University to ensure the program 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 and the relevant research community]. Must possess the ability to convey complex data and information in a succinct and easy to digest manner for immediate impact. 
  • Manage and execute senior-level roundtables to incorporate expert review from a broad range of perspectives into the research process 
  • Manage and execute public discussions to improve the general understanding of complex issues  


Minimum Requirements:

  • Master's Degree in energy, economics, public policy, foreign policy, international affairs, or national security. 
  • 15+ years of senior-level experience in US energy policy, foreign policy or national security policy. 
  • Experience in policy analysis, development or advisory services and management of policy research. 
  • Relevant experience integrating the work of multiple organizations, departments, or agencies. 
  • A proven record of conducting relations at senior levels and the ability to achieve consensus and interact effectively with multiple high-level stakeholders.
  • Strong communication skills; the ability to build support across partners for better policies, on the basis of evidence-based analysis.  


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 20+ years of senior-level experience in US energy policy, foreign policy or national security policy.  



Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer; applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged. For further information, please contact Jesse McCormick, Director of Strategy and Operations, Center on Global Energy Policy, at