PIs: Professors Michael Craig and Parth Vaishnav
School for Environment and Sustainability
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Start date: June 1, 2022 (flexible)
Term: One year, full-time, with optional 1-year extension
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan (flexible)
Salary: $60,000 (benefits eligible)
Professors Craig and Vaishnav, based at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), invite applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. The fellow will lead two projects that aim to guide deployment of electric power and buildings infrastructure given climate adaptation, climate mitigation, and equity objectives. Research extensions might also incorporate transport and natural gas infrastructure. One project will support the City of Ann Arbor’s efforts to establish an exemplar net-zero neighborhood that centers equity and climate resilience. This project is funded by and will involve close collaboration with the City. The other project is a University of Michigan-funded project that will explore novel methods for joint planning of electric power and building investments and operations. This project will also leverage empirical power and buildings data provided by the PIs. The objective of both projects is to yield high-impact peer-reviewed publications while generating real-world impacts and insights for policymakers.
The successful candidate will join a cooperative group of postdoctoral, PhD, MS, and undergraduate researchers in Dr. Craig’s ASSET Lab and alongside Dr. Vaishnav’s Heating with Justice project. The labs and SEAS offer numerous professional development opportunities, including mentorship of students and collaboration on other research projects. Opportunities will be tailored based on the fellow’s career goals.
Applicants should hold a PhD in energy or building systems, engineering, operations research, risk analysis, or a similar field. Required and desired training, experience, knowledge, and skills are:
• Formal training and experience with computational modeling is required
• Strong written and oral communication skills are required
• Experience with R or Python programming languages is strongly preferred
• Engagement with communities and/or policymakers is preferred
• Formal training and experience with social sciences and/or economics is preferred
We will consider applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To apply, submit one PDF with the following by March 15, 2022, to Dr. Craig at email@example.com with [IIS] in the subject line.
• Cover letter describing your relevant experiences and publications and preferred start date
• Curriculum vitae
• 2-3 references (name, title, affiliation, email address, and phone number) (letters not required)
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer