Open Positions

CEEPR currently is seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral Associate position with the MIT Energy Initiative below:

 

Postdoctoral Associate, MIT Energy Initiative

 

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites applications for a Post-Doctoral position focused on  data-driven assessment of electrification potential of the buildings sector.  This project will involve Prof. Christopher R. Knittel and researchers at MITEI.  The tentative start date for the project is September 1, 2021. Early application is strongly recommended.

The project will focus using data analytics and machine learning techniques to understand how electrification of space heating in the buildings sector is likely to impact spatial and temporal patterns in electricity demand under various technology scenarios.  The analysis will analyzing and combining heterogeneous data sets related to building energy use, including natural gas consumption by customer class and zip code, weather data, technology performance curves as well as census and other relevant survey data. The findings regarding demand impacts of electrification of the building sector will support an ongoing project to evaluate regional and national decarbonization pathways and in particular study the relative merits of direct electrification vs. other technology routes for the buildings sector.

The candidate’s responsibilities will primarily developing empirical models to project electricity consumption for the buildings sector at various temporal and spatial resolution, that combines the above-mentioned data sets.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must have: i) a PhD in an engineering or economics with a demonstrated background in data analysis and predictive analytics, ii) strong programming experience and familiarity with the energy sector and iii) comfort working in a multidisciplinary environment and excellent communication, presentation and technical writing skills. 12 month appointment with annual renewal contingent on performance and funding.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

To apply for this opportunity, applicants should email their application package (full CV and cover letter) to ceepr@mit.edu. The applicants should also be prepared to provide at least two letters of recommendation as and when requested. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, especially women and members of under-represented minority groups. For further information on the group and related projects, please feel free contact us at ceepr@mit.edu with the subject line: "Demand Analysis Postdoctoral Associate position"