Postdoctoral Research Associate in Climate Solutions 2023-2025


Brown University invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate in Climate Solutions at the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs. We seek a scholar to help us address the global energy transition, including security and/or political economy dimensions.

The postdoc could help research questions like how climate change affects international order and US relations with regions like the Persian Gulf, Europe, or East Asia; how climate change might affect the resilience of global supply chains or US electrical grid resilience; how US policymakers can work with the EU on issues such as carbon tariffs and border adjustment measures, or how states and market actors can work together to finance decarbonization. Ability to conduct and write policy-oriented research, as well as academic research, is essential. There are no teaching responsibilities. The selected candidate will devote 50 percent time to projects at the Climate Solutions Lab, under the supervision of Professor Jeff Colgan, and 50 percent time to his or her own (climate-related) research projects. The Watson Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.


Scholars of all nationalities with a Ph.D. in political science, public policy, sociology, economics, or closely related disciplines will be considered. Dissertation must be complete by June 30, 2023. Candidates must be untenured and within 7 years of Ph.D. Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $65,000 for this benefits-eligible position. Additional funding will be made available for research expenses and research-related programming on campus.

Application period: Applications received by December 1, 2022 will receive full consideration.

Application requirements: Candidates should submit a cover letter of application, a CV, three letters of reference and a short writing sample (15-20 pages) through Interfolio.

Contact: For more information, please visit the Climate Solutions Lab website. For inquiries, please contact