Postdoc Position at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge, UK has an opening postdoctoral scholar position in social sciences. This position is available for 2 years in the first instance. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before December 05, 2018.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Research Associate in Energy Technology Innovation and Policy to support a project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (USA) The three-year project is entitled ‘What factors drive innovation in energy technologies’ and is focused particularly on the role of technology breakthroughs from other sectors and government investment. This project is joint between the Center for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG) at the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, and the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs The Cambridge PI is Professor Laura Diaz Anadon, Professor of Climate Change Policy at the University of Cambridge, Fellow at C-EENRG and Research Associate at the Belfer Center of Harvard University.

The overall objective of the project is to evaluate the role of technology breakthroughs from other sectors and/or disciplines in the development of three clean energy technologies. The project relies on a mixed-methods approach to understand the role of critical breakthroughs, how they happened, and the opportunities for policy innovation to harness innovation in low-carbon energy technologies. The Cambridge Research Associate will work with the other project members and will focus, with the Cambridge PI on the engineering cost-modelling, the source of the breakthroughs, and policy aspects of the project.

Candidates should have a PhD (submitted or nearly submitted at the time of application) in a field relevant to the interface of energy technology, engineering, economics, and public policy. Examples of relevant disciplines include (but are not limited to): any physical, natural, or engineering science, with a knowledge and/or experience of energy policy and, if possible, cost modelling; or social sciences such as public policy and econometrics, and related disciplines with a focus on quantitative analysis. They should provide evidence of potential for research and publication at the highest level, as well as a strong interest in engagement in empirically-grounded, quantitative, and multi-disciplinary research.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Further information about the Department of Land Economy can be found at

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Laura Diaz Anadon on


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