Call for post-doctoral fellowship applicants: Environmental, climate, and energy justice at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and US Department of Energy
Please contact Darshan Karwat (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Apply at: https://apply.interfolio.com/86574
Overview of project: This project will lay the foundation of for a set of activities that infuse environmental, climate, and energy justice (ECEJ) considerations into the research, development, deployment, and commercial activities (RDD&CA) supported by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Water Power Technologies Office and the Water Power Program at NREL.
This overall project will include: conducting research, project design, informing efforts at the DOE and NREL, relationship building with key stakeholders and project management. Outputs will include white papers, guidance documents, analysis reports, and journal publications.
Specific activities of the post-doctoral fellow will include, among others
- Create evaluation criteria that can be used for decision-making across each aspect of the RDD&CA space
- Create ECEJ-oriented metrics to guide technological development decisions
- Identifying core areas of technological and scientific need in communities facing and addressing energy justice challenges
- Assisting DOE and NREL program managers in scoping a set of RDD&CA activities (includes funding opportunity announcements, prizes and challenges, small business innovation research focus areas, etc.) based on core areas of concern identified by ECEJ communities
- Working with DOE and NREL program managers to illuminate how ECEJ concerns can arise through the energy development process, from technological research to permitting, deployment, and long-term impacts
- Collaborating with and guiding a graduate research assistant to ensure the project is running smoothly and milestones are being met.
Principal Investigator and team: Darshan M.A. Karwat, Assistant Professor (School for the Future of Innovation in Society + The Polytechnic School in the Fulton Schools of Engineering)
Dr. Karwat is PI for re-Engineered, an interdisciplinary lab focused on building a culture of engineering that centers environmental protection, social justice, and peace. This scope of this work—contingent on funding—is supported by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which is seeking to bring diverse voices and perspectives to creating federal efforts that promote environmental, climate, and energy justice.
Location: Negotiable, but ideally in Tempe, AZ
Salary: Maximum of $52,000 plus benefits, contingent on funding
Duration: one year, beginning in late May/early June 2021, contingent on funding
Application deadline: Open until filled
Required qualifications and experience:
- PhD in an area with expertise in energy resources and technology, like science and technology policy, social sciences, engineering, sustainability, economics, or related disciplines, with the degree completed by the start date
- Research experience at the nexus of environmental justice, climate change, energy technology, and social justice
- Fluency in written and spoken English
Desired qualifications: In addition to the above,
- Mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) research and data analysis skills
- Demonstrated ability to translate academic research into useable tools, metrics, and processes for decision-makers
- Experience working with diverse stakeholder groups including community groups, government officials, policymakers, non-profit groups, etc.
- Program design and management experience
- Prior work experience with policy-makers and government officials
- Experience working on interdisciplinary teams and/or on community-based research projects
How I’ll work with you: I will be committed to your success and will mentor you toward achieving your professional goals. We will work on building a strategic plan for your time here at ASU aimed at setting you up for success as you move into your next position. I recognize the challenges being posed by COVID-19 to people’s personal and professional obligations.
To apply: Only electronic submissions will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications should be submitted at https://apply.interfolio.com/86574 and must contain:
- a two-page cover letter (which includes your motivations, passions, and thoughts on what you’re hoping to accomplish, along with descriptions related to the required and desired qualifications)
- your CV
- unofficial transcripts
- a one-page justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion statement
- and contact information for three references
Review of applications will begin May 15, 2021, and, if not filled, a review will occur every Friday thereafter until the search is closed. Official transcripts and a background check are required for employment.