Postdoctoral Fellow - Energy, Resources, and Environment Program

Requisition #: A-72244-2

Status: Full Time

Type: Fellowship

School: Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Location City: Washington

Location State: DC

Location Zip Code: 20036

Closing Date: Open until filled

General Description

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Energy, Resources, and Environment Program (Jordaan Group)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington, DC

Founded in 1943 and a Johns Hopkins division since 1950, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) has been educating global leaders for almost 60 years. SAIS consistently ranks as one of the top schools of international relations in the world. SAIS was founded to provide a practical approach to training students in international leadership and foreign relations, and to provide mid-career educational opportunities for those already working in related fields. Today, SAIS offers the M.A., M.I.P.P., and Ph.D. degrees and enrolls some 700 full-time students on the Washington, DC campus, 190 students at the SAIS Center in Bologna, Italy, and about 180 Chinese and international students at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship

The School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a unique, interdisciplinary 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in Washington, DC to conduct focused scientific research on environmental systems analysis.  This exciting, novel research will combine satellite imagery analysis, machine learning, and energy systems modeling for high-impact results. The focus will be a regional analysis of the electric grid that comprises the Western Interconnection including the fuel supply. 

The fellow will support and work under the supervision of Professor Sarah Jordaan on her sponsored research projects with her colleagues at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering (the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering).  The position is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Start date: July 2020 or as soon as the appropriate candidate is found.

Location: Washington, DC.

Duration of position: 2-years from the start date.

Compensation $51,000/year with benefits; one annual travel opportunity.


The successful applicant will hold a PhD in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or a closely related discipline with experience working on energy systems and data analysis.  Applicants should have completed their Ph.D. requirements by the start date. A scientific or engineering background that enables an understanding of energy systems and thermodynamics is preferred, as well as a working knowledge of life cycle assessment. The successful applicant should have experience or training in two or all of the following: ArcGIS, MATLAB, R, and Python.  Applicants should have at least an active interest in machine learning and satellite imagery analysis; research experience is preferred.  Experience in power sector research and knowledge of the fuel supply chain is an asset, particularly natural gas due to its complexity (though the research will encompass both renewable and non-renewable generation sources at the grid-scale).  

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, current Curriculum Vitae outlining publications, and three academic references.   

Please contact Professor Jordaan by email for more information:

Please place "Postdoctoral Fellow Application" in the subject line.

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