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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Inês Azevedo

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Ines Azevedo
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Woods Institute
Precourt Institute for Energy
Energy Science Engineering
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
This position is for a one-year fixed term, with possible extension for a second year subject to funding availability.
Appointment Start Date: 
September 1, 2024
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Submit by emailing: with "B&W/CEPP Postdoc Application" as the subject line. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Does this position pay above the required minimum?: 
Yes. The expected base pay range for this position is listed in Pay Range field. The pay offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors including (but not limited to) the qualifications of the selected candidate, budget availability, and internal equity.
Pay Range: 

The Climate and Energy Policy Program (CEPP) of Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bits & Watts Initiative of Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy invite applications for a post-doctoral position focused on electricity affordability. The Fellow will join the thriving community of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, and will receive mentorship from an interdisciplinary team of faculty and researchers connecting scientific research with real-world decision making, including Michael Wara and Michael Mastrandrea (CEPP leads) and Ines Azevedo (Bits & Watts lead).

This full-time fellowship is crafted for early-career technical scholars with a strong interest in energy policy design and implementation. It offers a hands-on opportunity to apply your scientific skills and expertise to address urgent and intensifying electricity affordability challenges in California and beyond. This work will build on and deepen partnerships with policy stakeholders and Stanford’s long track record of policy engagement on these issues in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C. The Fellow will also engage with external policy partners to ensure that products are maximally relevant to active policy processes, engaging directly in such processes when appropriate.

The Fellow will lead technical analysis of electricity rate design adjustments aimed at improving electricity affordability and addressing key challenges, particularly for low-income ratepayers. We seek a postdoctoral scholar with electricity system modeling and rate design experience and strong data analysis and management skills. A willingness to apply expertise to new policy-relevant questions is more important than deep, preexisting experience with electricity policy.
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Required Qualifications: 
  • A doctoral degree
  • Strong academic credentials, excellent writing and editing abilities, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and a collaborative spirit.
  • A commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within the workplace. 
  • Strong organizational/management skills, attention to detail, self-motivation, and aptitude for working with students and diverse policy stakeholders.
  • Sound judgment and exceptional ethical standards in serving as a trusted source for evidence-based analysis and policy engagement.
Required Application Materials: 
  • A cover letter summarizing interest in the position and relevant experience
  • A CV
  • A writing sample
  • Contact information for three references 


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