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Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Date Posted 07/19/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Information

Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Vacancy ID PDS003158
Department Public Policy - 316400
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary Range Dependent on Qualifications
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
If part-time, hours per week
FTE 1.0
Proposed Start Date 08/16/2021
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months
Posting Open Date 07/19/2021
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Summary
 The Data-Driven EnviroLab ( headed by Prof. Angel Hsu is seeking a one-year post-doctoral research associate to contribute to a range of the group’s research projects. As a pioneer of data-driven approaches to environmental policy, the Data-Driven EnviroLab brings quantitative rigor to pressing global challenges at the intersection of climate change, energy, and urbanization. The Post-Doctoral Associate will have an opportunity to further quantitative skills, research, and analytic writing in a fast-paced, dynamic environment that engages the real-world, and will be expected to help lead and contribute to many or all of Data-Driven Lab’s quantitative projects, which include: • Global Climate Action of subnational governments and private actors. We have developed the most comprehensive global database of subnational and non-state climate actions. We have applied a range of computational and statistical modeling techniques to this data, including modeling climate change performance, natural language processing of climate actions, and machine-learning models to predict likely future emissions levels. The post-doc would have access to these data and interface with real-world policy actors and colleagues to refine problem-oriented research questions in this space, while contributing to cutting-edge policy research and present it at international policy fora. • Urban Environment and Social Inclusion Index. We apply remote sensing and geospatial datasets to evaluate at a granular level the intersection of urban environmental performance and social inclusion. Working with other team members, the post-doctoral associate could contribute to this project and assist in new data applications or indicator development. • 4IR/Digital innovation for sustainability. We have an ongoing NSF-funded project examining the role of distributed ledger technology for decentralized climate governance.
Educational Requirements
Applicants must have completed a PhD in a relevant field, such as economics, public policy, computer science, data science, climate policy or science, science and technology studies. 
Qualifications and Experience
- Candidates must have quantitative data analysis skills, either in econometrics, statistics, or data science and be able to program in one of the following languages our lab uses (R, Python).
- Strong research and writing skills and demonstrated publication record
-Ability to work in a team and mentor undergraduate and graduate students
-Ability to work interdisciplinarily and with partners and collaborators around the world. 
Equal Opportunity Employer
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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Department Contact Name and Title Angel Hsu, Assistant Professor
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