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Payne Institute for Public Policy - CCUS Researcher/Project Manager

Colorado School of Mines
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 14, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Public Administration & Policy, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
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Full Time
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Position Title

Payne Institute for Public Policy- Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Researcher/Project Manager

The Opportunity

This is an opportunity to help the Colorado School of Mines become a world-class, center of excellence on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), building on the existing technical expertise at the university. The Project Manager/Researcher will help design and implement a campus-wide coherent narrative and integrated program on CCUS at the School of Mines

This position will seek to embed the CCUS issue in both pedagogy and active research, as well as to help attract CCUS-related funding from other government and non-government actors to establish a center of excellence. The Project Manager/Researcherwill provide expertise, data, teaching, and knowledge to government, the public, NGOS, and the private sector. Familiarity with technical aspects of CCUS is highly beneficial.

The ideal candidate will have experience in research and project management, and have experience working in a university environment. The successful applicant will work with Mines’ faculty and students across campus; maintain an accepting work environment; and assisting with research group management.

This appointment length of this position will be 1 year in duration.


Program management
  • Build and execute a high-impact research and engagement strategy.
  • Support and develop a cross-campus network on CCUS.
  • With the support of the Director of The Payne Institute, successfully raise funds to support that strategy.
  • Supervise the work of researchers and interns.
  • Coordinate across the Mines campus, leverage institutional expertise, and build internal support for the team’s work.
Research and analysis
  • Plan, design, conduct, and oversee policy-relevant research, analysis, and writing on CCUS. This will include a combination of high-quality, high-impact reports, issue briefs, case studies, and blogs. 
  • Map Mines research on CCUS.
Outreach and communications
  • Communicate Payne Institute analysis and program leadership internally and externally.
  • Represent Payne at conferences, workshops and other events.
  • Design and implement Payne Institute roundtables, workshops or other convening events with key stakeholders.
  • Liaise with and develop collaborations with external partners, including research institutes, non-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in a relevant field, with PhD preferred.
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial thinkers with an ability to identify and pursue new opportunities.
  • Effectively communicate insights from technical research to non-technical audiences both verbally and in writing
  • Project management experience
Preferred Qualifications
  • Strong research, writing, and oral presentation skills
  • Related experience in industry, academic, or government

About Mines & Golden, CO
Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver. The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience. Equal Opportunity

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Pay Range


Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings. Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs. For more information, visit Mines benefits . How to Apply Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made. Background Investigation Required Yes COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

This position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination upon hire.

Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vaccination guidance.

Advertised: Feb 3, 2022 Mountain Standard Time
Applications close: Feb 28, 2022 11:55 PM Mountain Standard Time

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