Two 2-year postdoctoral fellowships – College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Peking University (PKU), China

The College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Peking University (PKU) invites applications for two 2-year postdoctoral fellowships focusing on decarbonization strategies in China and India, with a particular emphasis on electric vehicles.

The fellows will be based primarily in Peking University in Beijing, China, and work closely with an international and interdisciplinary team of advisors. The faculty host at PKU will be Prof. Hancheng Dai (Head of Laboratory of Energy & Environmental Economics and Policy, LEEEP). The fellows will also be co-advised by Prof. Wei Peng from the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and Prof. Johannes Urpelainen from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Short-term visits to PSU and JHU in the United States are strongly encouraged during summer and winter breaks. Outstanding fellows will also have the opportunity to spend a 3rd year at Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

For both positions, the main responsibilities include 80% research work and 20% project management work.

  • Research work (80%):
    • One fellow is expected to work on integrated assessment modeling (IAM) to assess the air quality, health and carbon impacts of transport sector strategies in China and India;
    • The second fellow is expected to focus on modeling market and policy conditions that can accelerate electric vehicles (EV) uptake in these two countries.
  • Project work. (20%):
    • Developing strong proposals for academic and philanthropic funders to secure future funding for continued research.
    • Writing reports of research findings to the project funder and policymakers.


We seek applicants with research experience on energy/climate issues. Qualified applicants for the first position (IAM-focused) should have strong modeling skills in integrated assessment modeling and/or computable general equilibrium modeling. Qualified applicants for the second position (EV-focused) should have a deep understanding of the transport sector and relevant quantitative skills such as optimization, agent-based modeling, vehicle choice modeling, etc. Proficiency in English is required. Exceptional writing skills and prior experience on proposal writing are highly preferred. Applicants should have completed their Ph.D. requirements by the start date, but applicants close to completion will also be considered.

Start date: September 1, 2019 (FLEXIBLE)

Location: Beijing, China

Duration of position: 24 months from the start date

Compensation: $40,000 /year

Deadline: Open until filled

Date Posted: August 1, 2019

Employment Type: Full-time

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