Postdoctoral Research Associate in Climate Solutions 2021-2023

The Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs, Brown University
Rhode Island, United States
$65,000.00 - $65,000.00
Feb 19, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Position Description

Brown University invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate in Climate Solutions at the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs. Two positions are available, associated with the Climate Solutions Lab and the William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance. We seek scholars to help us address one of two major topics: climate and trade, and financing decarbonization. The first position will lead task forces looking at questions like how climate should fit into the United States’ China strategy, and how US policymakers can work with the EU on issues such as carbon tariffs and border adjustment measures.  The second position will focus on how state sand market actors can work together to finance decarbonization, with a specific focus on ameliorating the distributive politics inherent in such a transition. There are no teaching responsibilities for these positions. The selected candidate will devote 50 percent time to Watson’s projects, under the supervision of Professors Jeff Colgan and Mark Blyth, and 50 percent time to his or her own (climate-related) research projects.

Founded in 1764, Brown is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Brown University students, faculty, and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact on the world. Brown is a place where rigorous scholarship, complex problem-solving, and service to the public good are defined by collaboration, intellectual discovery, and working in ways that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.


Scholars with a Ph.D. in political science, sociology, economics, public policy, or closely related disciplines will be considered. Dissertation must be signed by June 30, 2021. Candidates must be untenured and within 5 years of Ph.D. 

Application Instructions

Candidates should submit a cover letter of application, a CV, and three letters of reference and a short writing sample(15-20 pages) through Interfolio

Applications received by March 15th, 2021 will receive full consideration.

Final notifications are expected to go out in May 2021. This two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate appointment will be effective July 1, 2021, and is not renewable.

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