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The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs seeks a Staff Associate (Officer of Research) for a major research initiative on financing and policy design for carbon management, including carbon capture and storage, CO2 use, and CO2 removal. Successful execution will require generating original research, supporting internal and 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 Center’s wider research and convening efforts. 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. The position will report to the Director of the Carbon Management Research Initiative.

Main Responsibilities

Research and Analysis:

  • Identify and execute on priority areas of work and appropriate research methodologies for qualitative and quantitative analysis. Examples of research areas of focus under the umbrella of carbon management finance and policy may include, among others:
    - Construction of financial models for commercial large point source emitters (both power and industrial sector)
    - Design of policies to help enable financing of new and retrofit CCS projects;
    - Costs and potential performance for advanced technology options to decarbonize new and existing point sources;
    Understanding how facility owners and operators may use or reject finance options
    - Understanding how financial leaders and potential investors may use or reject policy options
    - The future of these facilities in a low carbon energy system.
  • The role will involve regularly publishing outputs that provide quantitative and qualitative analysis on the above areas. These will take the form of research reports, issue briefs, op-eds, and other outputs.

Management, Coordination and Leadership:

  • Support the strategic vision of the program and scope of research, including helping to identify emerging opportunities and challenges, and developing 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.
  • Directly engage with external partners to ensure the timely delivery of relevant, rigorous and objective research and analysis.
  • 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]. Must possess the ability to convey complex data and information in a succinct and easy to digest manner for immediate impact.
  • Support the organization of senior-level roundtables to incorporate expert review from a broad range of perspectives into the research process.
  • Support the organization of public discussions to improve the general understanding of complex issues.

Minimum qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in the field of economics, public policy, international relations or a directly related field, or equivalent in training and experience.
  • At least four years of direct experience related to energy markets, energy finance, or energy policy and analysis.
  • Extensive knowledge of financial models and financial systems.
  • Expert user of Excel or similar financial modeling platform
  • Strong verbal, written and PowerPoint communication skills.

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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 jmccormick@columbia.edu.