Columbia - SIPA

Senior Research Scholar, Global Natural Gas Markets

The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia|SIPA seeks a Senior Research Scholar for a major research initiative on Global Natural Gas Markets. The position will report to the Center’s Founding Director. Successful execution will require generating original research, managing external research projects and communicating research findings clearly and concisely to a range of audiences in a manner that maximizes policy impact, as well as contributing to the Center’s wider research and convening efforts. Global natural gas markets are in the midst of a major transformation and this project will help to understand the policy issues and market dynamics that will have a profound impact on the global economy, geopolitics and environment in the 21st century. The position will engage at a high level with key stakeholders; a high level of verbal and written communications, and cultural awareness, skills are required.

Main Responsibilities

Research and Analysis

  • Identify and execute on priority areas of work and appropriate research methodologies for qualitative and quantitative analysis on both a global and regional scale. Examples of research areas of focus may include: opportunities and challenges in a diverse set of regional gas supply centers (e.g. Asia, Europe, East Africa, Russia, Australia, Iran and the Eastern Mediterranean, among others) and the global gas markets; potential impacts of North American production on global gas and LNG supply/demand dynamics and their geopolitics; the impact of low oil prices on global gas markets; the future role of gas in a low-carbon future energy mix; the potential for natural gas as a transportation fuel; the impact of natural gas prices on the economics of other energy sources and substitution effects; security of gas supply policy considerations in a more integrated global gas market; environmental considerations of increased natural gas consumption and production globally.

  • Regularly publish outputs that provide quantitative and qualitative analysis on the above areas. These will take the form of research reports, issue briefs, op-eds, and other outputs.

Management, Coordination and Leadership

  • Produce a strategic vision of the program and scope of research questions to explore, including identifying emerging opportunities and challenges, and develop ways in which the Center can generate unique insights to improve public understanding and debate.

  • Identify the institutions and individuals currently doing leading work in this area and establish and maintain close working relationships with them to explore and develop research partnerships and joint products.

  • Responsible for supervising and directly engaging with the work of external partners to ensure the timely delivery of relevant, rigorous and objective research and analysis.

  • Assist in securing funding from a variety of sources to support the program’s operation.

  • Leverage the resources available across Columbia University to ensure the program is cross-disciplinary and engages faculty and students from all relevant disciplines

Convene and Communicate

  • Clearly communicate research findings into actionable, policy-relevant mediums for multiple audiences [e.g. policymakers, private and public sector leaders, general public]. Must possess the ability to convey complex data and information in a succinct and easy to digest manner for immediate impact.

  • Manage and execute senior-level roundtables to incorporate expert review from a broad range of perspectives into the research process

  • Manage and execute public discussions to improve the general understanding of complex issues

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in economics or a directly related field, or equivalent in training and experience.

  • 10+ years of direct, senior-level experience in global natural gas markets, analysis, and policy.

  • Experience in policy analysis, development or advisory services and management of economic and policy research programs.

  • Extensive knowledge of energy economics, international relations, public policy processes, related institutional arrangements, and the substantive policy issues.

  • A proven record of conducting relations at senior levels and the ability to achieve consensus and interact effectively with multiple high-level stakeholders.

  • Strong communication skills; the ability to build support across partners for better policies, on the basis of evidence-based analysis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 15+ years of senior-level experience in economic and energy/environmental policy analysis.

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Screening of the candidates will begin immediately and the search will remain open no less than 30 days from the date of posting and continue until filled. For further information, please contact Jesse McCormick, Associate Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, at jmccormick@columbia.edu

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer; applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.


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