Energy Transition Hub Researchers (Economics & Policy) at Australian National University

The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) leads intellectual engagement with the Asia-Pacific region through research, teaching and contributions to public debate, and seeks to set the international standard for scholarship concerning the region.

The Crawford School of Public Policy is one of four Schools within CAP and one of the world’s leading public policy schools. The Crawford School is the University’s focal point for contributing to public policy research, education and policy impact. Its graduate programs have trained many of the region’s leaders, and its research has impacted on policy making. Public policy scholarship at Crawford School is characterised by high quality, policy-relevant research across a range of disciplines.

The Energy Transition Hub (Hub) is a collaborative research initiative between several Australian and German universities and research institutes. The Hub is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, ANU and University of Melbourne, and project-specific contributions.

At ANU, the Hub is led through the Centre for Climate and Energy Policy (CCEP), a research unit at the Crawford School of Public Policy. Related research is also undertaken under the ANU Grand Challenge “Zero Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific” program, led by the ANU Energy Change Institute.

We are seeking talented and motivated researchers to help us do research that contributes to the goals of the Hub’s research programs, in particular in applied economic research and policy analysis.  The role also includes outreach and stakeholder engagement, involvement in grant applications, and some teaching contributions.

We are seeking researchers with demonstrated research excellence relevant to the project, and ability to produce innovative research on a range of emerging topics in the energy transition. Successful applicants will enthusiastically engage high-impact research as part of the team, and in collaboration with researchers at partner universities in Australia and Germany.

We are hiring up to three researchers, for a period of two years with potential extension depending on future funding. A joint appointment with the Grand Challenge programme, under the direction of the ANU Energy Change Institute, may be offered for one of the positions.

We are hiring researchers in:

1) Quantitative energy economics and energy/electricity systems and market modelling;

2) applied economic analysis of energy markets, policy and regulation, and regional industrial transition;

3) Analysis of supply chains and investment and trade frameworks for renewable energy based exports.

The researchers will engage in a variety of projects related to Australia’s energy transition, potentially including:

  • Quantitative analysis of transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy systems, including empirical ex-post economic analysis.
  • Market design and policy and regulatory frameworks to facilitate investment in renewables generation capacity, energy storage and transmission.
  • Economic and regulatory analysis of opportunities, prerequisites, and scenarios for renewable energy based exports from Australia (e.g. hydrogen, synthetic fuels, ammonia, green steel).
  • Supply chains, investment frameworks, regulation and taxation arrangements for new renewables-based export industries.
  • Regional economic impacts of and response measures to energy and industrial transitions, in particular the transition from coal to renewable energy.
  • Evaluation of international experiences and options for bilateral and multilateral collaborations on the topics listed above.
  • Other related topics that may arise from new projects. Successful applicants will have opportunities to contribute to the development of future research directions.
For further information please contact Professor Frank Jotzo, Director, CCEP and Hub Co-Director, T: +61 2 6125 4367 or E: 

Increasing the representation of women and academics from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds is a strategic priority for the Crawford School. We strongly encourage applications from these groups.

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

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Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement which outlines both your vision for the role and an overview of your experience and skills as it relates to the the role and selection criteria. This should be a narrative and no more than four pages.
  • A one page vision on your contribution to the research objectives as laid out.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.  Referees will only be contacted after prior consultation with the candidate. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure referees are willing to provide reports when contacted.
  • An indication of the earliest date on which you could commence in the position.

Anticipated time frame for the selection process

  • Applications close: Friday 30 August 2019.
  • Interviews to be held during September 2019 by teleconference, reference checks and offers thereafter.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

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