Postdoc in Energy/Environmental Economics or adjacent Fields

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 17 Nov 2021

Postdoc in Energy/Environmental Economics or adjacent Fields

The Climate Finance and Policy group at ETH Zurich, led by Bjarne Steffen, investigates options for public policy and for private actors to facilitate and accelerate investments in new low-carbon (energy) technologies. Our interdisciplinary team with backgrounds in economics, business, and engineering offers an entrepreneurial research atmosphere at continental Europe’s leading research university.

Job description

We are looking for a postdoc with a keen research interest in the energy sector and in the mobilization of finance for the energy transition. The postdoc will contribute to research projects to be jointly defined and developed, as well as a project funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy called “EDGE - Enabling Decentralized renewable GEneration in the Swiss cities, midlands, and the Alps” (focussing on financing needs of new energy technologies in Switzerland).

We offer excellent working conditions and an internationally competitive salary according to ETH standards. Teaching and administrative duties are limited. We provide support for attending international conferences and workshops; we frequently collaborate with other academic and policy institutions (e.g., Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, World Economic Forum, and the Swiss Federal Office for Energy). Our offices are located in downtown Zurich, and the working language is English. The appointment will be for two years, the starting date is negotiable.

Your profile

You hold a PhD (or you are close to completing a PhD) in energy economics, environmental economics, or in an adjacent field with a focus on climate/energy (e.g. engineering management, energy system analysis, public policy studies, finance). Interdisciplinary candidates are welcome. You should be dedicated to scientifically rigorous work that at the same time is relevant to policy makers. Experience with quantitative methods is required (empirical, modelling, or both), experience with qualitative/mixed-method studies is a plus. Your working style is team-oriented and you have strong communication skills. You are highly proficient in English; further language skills (esp. national languages of Switzerland) are an additional asset.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.


We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation
  • CV
  • your publication list
  • a research statement giving an overview of your research interests and plans (1-2 pages)
  • contact information of two references (no letters needed at this point)
  • your graded university diplomas or transcripts
  • a sample paper from your work

Application deadline Nov 12, 2021.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Additional information about the Climate Finance and Policy Group can be found on our website . For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Bjarne Steffen, email: (no application documents).

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website  to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish. 

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