Post-Doctoral Associate

Section: US: Other Academic (Visiting or Temporary)

Location: Cambridge, MA, United States

JEL Classifications:

H — Public Economics
J — Labor and Demographic Economics
L — Industrial Organization
O — Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth
Q — Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics

Keywords: Energy Economics, Environmental Policy, Climate Change, Mining, Decarbonization, Energy Transition

Application Requirements:

Cover Letter
Job Market Paper
3 Letters of Reference

Position description:

MIT CEEPR seeks applications for a motivated postdoctoral associate to work on the mining and processing of minerals related to the energy transition. They will work with Christopher Knittel (Sloan School of Management and CEEPR) and Elsa Olivetti (Materials Science and Engineering). The project will develop empirical models of supply and demand conditions around the world for minerals required for the energy transition. These models will be based on both the economic incentives created by markets and the physical constraints of mining operations. The project will then use these models to understand the impact of different policies on market outcomes, such as EV subsidies, domestic content requires, amongst other.


  • Recent PhD in Economics (or related discipline) with a clear interest in mining and the energy transition.
  • Experience and competency in quantitative analysis, including applied econometrics
  • Experience in applied theoretical modeling a plus
  • Proficient at statistical software, e.g., STATA, R, Python
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal), Strong organizational, time management and problem-solving skills, while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail
  • Must be highly goal-driven and exhibit the ability to interact effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of the organization

This position is Cambridge, MA. The successful candidate is expected to relocate. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

We welcome people from all walks of life to bring their talent, ideas, and experience to our community. We value diversity and strongly encourage applications from individuals from all identities and backgrounds – like yours. If you want to be part of our exceptional, multicultural, collaborative, and inclusive community, then take a look at this opportunity.


Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) by start date in economics, finance, and related fields who are interested in studying themes related to energy and environmental economics.

Application Instructions:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early application is strongly recommended.

All interested applicants must apply and submit their CV and cover letter on the MIT Careers page here:

In addition, after submitting your materials formally to the MIT HR website, please also email your application as a single PDF file to with a cc to with the subject line: MIT Postdoctoral application – [Your name]. All applications must include:

  • a brief cover letter including date of availability, suitability and motivation for the role, including your interest in this project, qualifications or related experience, general research/goals statement;
  • detailed curriculum vitae (CV);
  • official or unofficial copy of diploma(s)/university certificate(s); and
  • contact information including email addresses for three (3) references to support the application.

Reference/Referee Instructions:

Reference Letters may be emailed separately and directly to with a cc to by the letter writer if needed – please include the job applicant’s full name (intended person that the reference letter supports) in the email body. All applicants must submit 3 letters of recommendation to have their packet considered as complete for the search committee.
MIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.