Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Computable General Equilibrium Energy and Economic Modeling in COLLEGE PARK, Maryland

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306069

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Joint Global Change Research Institute

Group: Integrated Human-Earth SS Team


Job Description

The Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) in College Park, MD seeks a Post Doctoral Associate to focus on Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) modeling in the context of contemporary issues in climate change impacts and mitigation, including the economic implications for agriculture and energy systems, national and international climate and air pollution policies, and new energy technologies. This position offers a unique opportunity to conduct research on energy, climate, and economic issues and to help grow a research program and community modeling tools that complement the existing tools and capabilities at one of the premier integrated assessment research institutions.

The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to conduct research with the Phoenix CGE model (a multi-sector, multi-region model designed for climate impacts and policy analysis) and to collaborate with other researchers to enable the development of Phoenix as a community model. Collaborators will include researchers from sponsoring agencies (e.g., US EPA and US DOE), and universities. In addition, the candidate will collaborate closely with JGCRI staff on joint research experiments with Phoenix and the Global Change Assessment Model (GCAM), a community-based Integrated Assessment model that uses a reduced-form representation of global and regional economies in conjunction with highly detailed representation of energy, water, and land systems.

JGCRI is one of the premier integrated assessment research institutions. It houses an interdisciplinary team of researchers dedicated to understanding human and Earth system interactions with an aim of addressing energy, environment and economic challenges and opportunities in United States and world-wide. One focus of JGCRI’s research program is the continuing development and application of its community-based integrated assessment modeling framework, including GCAM.

JGCRI researchers publish their findings in leading scientific journals and work with US Federal agencies, state governments, industry, foundations, and universities. JGCRI researchers are leaders in the international and national climate and global change research communities through prominent roles in science-based integrated assessments of energy and agricultural systems and water resources. The work environment at JGCRI is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, focused on solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges associated with energy, water and environment. Located in College Park, Maryland, JGCRI is a partnership between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory managed by Battelle Memorial Institute for the US Department of Energy, and the University of Maryland at College Park.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.


Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in economics, agricultural economics, environmental and resource economics, or related field. GPA of 3.5 is preferred. Strong quantitative skills and considerable CGE modeling knowledge and experience are required. Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment, with both internal and external collaborators, are also necessary. Programming expertise in GAMS, C++, and R, is preferable.

** Please submit a cover letter describing your education and relevant work experience as they relate to the duties of this post, as an attachment to your resume, and a list of three references.**

Preferred Education/Credential:

Ph.D. degree in economics, agricultural economics, economic modeling, operations research, and/or related scientific and engineering fields is required.


Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.


Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Integrated Human-Earth SS Team

Opening Date: 2016-11-25

Closing Date: 2017-01-09