Monday, May 19, 2014
Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, a joint initiative of the Stanford Law School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, seeks to hire a research manager for a one-year project that will produce a report exploring China’s solar-energy industry.
The report, to be released publicly, will explore three key areas of change in China’s solar industry: its intensifying effort to produce technological innovation; its pattern of investment; and its cost structure. The report will assess what the changes in those areas suggest about (1) the comparative advantages and disadvantages of China and the U.S. in the globalizing solar industry, (2) policy and finance approaches that might allow the U.S. to better play to its strengths and that, as a result, might improve the economic efficiency of solar energy globally, and (3) approaches that Chinese executives and officials say they believe might allow China to better play to its strengths and that, as a result, might improve the economic efficiency of solar energy globally.
The Steyer-Taylor Center’s research focuses on economically sensible policy and finance solutions that advance cleaner and more secure energy. The research manager job is available immediately and is located at the Steyer-Taylor Center on the Stanford campus in California. The salary is competitive.
Applicants should have strong academic experience in a relevant technical area (in particular in energy innovation and in energy economics); strong writing skills in English; and experience managing a research project. Knowledge of the Chinese energy industry, particularly of the Chinese solar industry, and proficiency in Mandarin, are helpful.
The research manager will work with Jeffrey Ball, scholar-in-residence at the Steyer-Taylor Center and director of the China project; with Dan Reicher, executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center; and with graduate students who are working on the project. The job will involve research and writing at Stanford, travel to China, and coordination of the administrative aspects of the project.