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Job Description

Brown University invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate in Climate Solutions at the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs. We seek a scholar to help us address the global energy transition, including security and/or political economy dimensions. The postdoc could help research questions like how climate change affects international order and US relations with regions like the Persian Gulf, Europe, or East Asia; how climate change might affect the resilience of global supply chains or US electrical grid resilience; how US policymakers can work with the EU on issues such as carbon tariffs and border adjustment measures, or how states and market actors can work together to finance decarbonization. Ability to conduct and write policy-oriented research, as well as academic research, is essential. There are no teaching responsibilities. The selected candidate will devote 50 percent time to projects at the Climate Solutions Lab, under the supervision of Professor Jeff Colgan, and 50 percent time to his or her own (climate-related) research projects. The Watson Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Founded in 1764, Brown is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Brown University students, faculty, and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact on the world. Brown is a place where rigorous scholarship, complex problem-solving, and service to the public good are defined by collaboration, intellectual discovery, and working in ways that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Eligibility and terms

Scholars of all nationalities with a Ph.D. in political science, public policy, sociology, economics, or closely related disciplines will be considered.

Dissertation must be complete by June 30, 2023. Candidates must be untenured and within 7 years of Ph.D.

Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $65,000 for this benefits-eligible position. Additional funding will be made available for research expenses and research-related programming on campus.

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Jeff Colgan, Director

Climate Solutions Lab, Brown University

111 Thayer Street, Box 1970 Providence, RI 02912

Application requirements

Candidates should submit a cover letter of application, a CV, three letters of reference and a short writing sample (15-20 pages) through Interfolio at

Applications received by December 1, 2022 will receive full consideration.

Final notifications are expected to go out in Winter 2023. This two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate appointment will be effective July 1, 2023, and is not renewable.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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