The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Energy, Resources, and Environment Program (Jordaan Group)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington, DC
Founded in 1943 and a Johns Hopkins division since 1950, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) has been educating global leaders for almost 60 years. SAIS consistently ranks as one of the top schools of international relations in the world. SAIS was founded to provide a practical approach to training students in international leadership and foreign relations, and to provide mid-career educational opportunities for those already working in related fields. Today, SAIS offers the M.A., M.I.P.P., and Ph.D. degrees and enrolls some 700 full-time students on the Washington, DC campus, 190 students at the SAIS Center in Bologna, Italy, and about 180 Chinese and international students at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China.
The Postdoctoral Fellowship
The School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a unique, interdisciplinary 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in Washington, DC to conduct focused scientific research on environmental systems analysis. This exciting, novel research will combine satellite imagery analysis, machine learning, and energy systems modeling for high-impact results. The focus will be a regional analysis of the electric grid that comprises the Western Interconnection including the fuel supply.
The fellow will support and work under the supervision of Professor Sarah Jordaan on her sponsored research projects with her colleagues at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering (the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering). The position is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Start date: July 2020 or as soon as the appropriate candidate is found.
Location: Washington, DC.
Duration of position: 2-years from the start date.
Compensation $51,000/year with benefits; one annual travel opportunity.
The successful applicant will hold a PhD in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or a closely related discipline with experience working on energy systems and data analysis. Applicants should have completed their Ph.D. requirements by the start date. A scientific or engineering background that enables an understanding of energy systems and thermodynamics is preferred, as well as a working knowledge of life cycle assessment. The successful applicant should have experience or training in two or all of the following: ArcGIS, MATLAB, R, and Python. Applicants should have at least an active interest in machine learning and satellite imagery analysis; research experience is preferred. Experience in power sector research and knowledge of the fuel supply chain is an asset, particularly natural gas due to its complexity (though the research will encompass both renewable and non-renewable generation sources at the grid-scale).
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, current Curriculum Vitae outlining publications, and three academic references.
Please place "Postdoctoral Fellow Application" in the subject line.
The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
Internal Number: A-72244-2
About Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University remains committed to its founding principle, that education for all students should be grounded in exploration and discovery. Hopkins students are challenged not just to learn but also to advance learning itself. Critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and entrepreneurship are all encouraged and nourished in this unique educational environment. After more than 130 years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. Faculty members and their research colleagues at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory have each year since 1979 won Johns Hopkins more federal research and development funding than any other university. The university has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore. The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a leading professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Bal...timore. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area.