NCEC Social Science Research Fellow

Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 05, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
NCEC Social Science Research Fellow Arizona State University: Office of the Executive Vice President Knowledge Enterprise: Global Futures Laboratory Location Tempe, AZ Open Date Dec 16, 2020


Position Description

The New Carbon Economy Consortium (NCEC) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the social sciences to work with Consortium institutions on topics related to the transition to an economy that sequesters more carbon than it emits. The Consortium is building a knowledge enterprise that includes the scholarship needed to understand and facilitate the development of approaches that remove, store and use atmospheric carbon and explore the critical intersection between such advancements and the social sciences like economics, political science, sociology, human geography, and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. The NCEC seeks applications from a broad spectrum of social science disciplines and perspectives, including perspectives on how CDR technologies can be scaled equitably and safely.  Potential fellowship research areas include: (1.) Politics, Governance, and Market-Making; (2.) Science-Policy and Science-Society Interface; and (3.) Societal Transformation. 

The NCEC Fellowship program is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to bring social science research to bear on carbon management.  Arizona State University Global Futures Laboratory serves as the Secretariat for NCEC and the Principal Investigator for this grant.

Essential Duties

  • The cohort of four NCEC SSR Fellows will be expected to perform independent and collaborative research as well as participate in quarterly workshops, NCEC annual meetings, and co-lead NCEC working groups.
  • NCEC SSR Fellows will be responsible for producing articles for submission to relevant journals, presenting their research at NECE meetings and academic conferences, and contributing to policy briefs.
  • In addition to their professional mentors, Fellows will have access to the breadth of expertise represented in the Consortium and will be expected to collaborate with NCEC investigators and other fellows.

Minimum Qualification

Applicants must have a Ph.D. more recently than 2017 in the social sciences

Desired Qualification 

Candidates for whom this would constitute their initial postdoctoral position will take preference

Application Instructions

Applicants are responsible for including the following in their interfolio application:

  1. A cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Three professional references
  4. Research project proposal (3-page max) that addresses the following questions:
    • What is the problem statement and/or hypothesis that will be addressed during the fellowship?

    • How does this research relate to other topics in CDR?

    • How will the proposed research integrate social science with natural or engineering sciences to ensure CDR development and deployment are informed by the ground realities and human dimensions?

    • If the aims of the proposed research are achieved, how will scientific knowledge, technological capability, and/or practice be improved?

  5. Although not required, candidates are encouraged to identify researchers, centers, and/or institutions within the Consortium as potential hosts and mentors.  A list of potential sponsors and their research interests can be found here:

Applications must be submitted through the Interfolio website.  Emailed applications will not be accepted. 

The application deadline is extended to February 15, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

The New Carbon Economy Consortium currently includes Arizona State University, Carbon 180, Colorado State University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Howard University, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, National Renewable Energy Lab, Purdue University, University of British Columbia, University of California Berkley, Global CO2 Initiative, University of Wyoming, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Please review the NCEC Innovation Plan for more information on the work of the Consortium.

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