[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Research Associate: Algorithms for Optimal and Robust Design under Uncertainty for Climate Applications

Robert Nicholas ren10 at psu.edu
Tue Sep 22 09:32:10 MDT 2015

The Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM 
<http://scrimhub.org>) seeks outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral 
research associate working in the area of Algorithms for Optimal and 
Robust Design under Uncertainty for Climate Applications.

Centered at Penn State and linking 18 universities and five research 
institutions in six nations, SCRiM addresses the question: What are 
sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, 
economically efficient, and ethically defensible climate-risk management 
strategies? SCRiM catalyzes fundamental, mission-oriented, and 
transdisciplinary research to characterize climate risks and trade-offs 
associated with risk management instruments such as mitigation, 
adaptation, and geoengineering. The network provides unique 
opportunities for transdisciplinary research collaboration, education, 
outreach, decision support, mentoring, and professional development.

Potential projects for the successful candidate include (i) development 
of models to inform optimal and robust climate mitigation and adaptation 
strategies under uncertainty with learning, and (ii) development of 
models and methods for analyzing the transition of the energy system to 
meet multiple goals including low carbon emissions, low water usage, and 
low air pollution, with a particular focus on the electric power sector 
and detailed engineering optimization models. The ideal candidate will 
have a strong quantitative background with expertise in at least one of 
the following: operations research, power system modeling, optimal 
control, energy economics, and/or integrated assessment modeling of 
climate change. The candidate will have considerable freedom to 
collaboratively design the research within the scope of the broad 
questions outlined above. While housed with the SCRiM research group, 
candidates would also have the opportunity to interact with overlapping 
research communities and projects including the Center for Sustainable 
Electric Power Systems, Institute for Natural Gas Research, and several 
other interdisciplinary efforts ongoing at Penn State.

This position is available immediately and will remain open until 
filled. Initial appointment will be for a period of one year, with 
excellent possibility of renewal for one or more additional years. The 
salary will be competitive, commensurate with experience, and will 
comply with Penn State University guidelines. Successful completion of a 
background check is required prior to employment.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mort Webster (mort at psu.edu 
<mailto:mort at psu.edu>). To apply, visit https://psu.jobs/job/59662.

Robert Nicholas, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management 
(SCRiM <http://scrimhub.org>)
Research Associate, Earth & Environmental Systems Institute (EESI 
The Pennsylvania State University

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email: rob.nicholas at psu.edu <mailto:rob.nicholas at psu.edu>
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