The Energy Politics Group(EPG) within the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, ETH Zurich, investigates questions related to the governance of technological change in the energy sector. To support our team we are hiring a
PhD student “Finance & innovation for the energy transition”
In the Paris Agreement, almost 200 countries committed to drastically reduce CO2 emissions – requiring a fast rollout of low-carbon power generation technologies worldwide. The lack of financing is an important barrier, which is why a global climate and energy finance regime is now being built – with many aspects still to be shaped, especially to also achieve a shift of private funding towards low-carbon technologies. The energy transition not only requires funding, but likewise a high level of innovation with respect to technologies, business models, financing, and policies. Financial innovations can contribute to the dissemination of new energy technologies by de-risking investments, but need to be carefully designed to prevent the lock-in into certain technology paths.
EPG has received an EU grant to analyze this interplay of energy transition, climate finance, and innovation. To support our team, we are looking for a candidate conducting a PhD (i.e. a cumulative PhD thesis) in this area. The research will include empirical analyses of financial data, related modeling, and qualitative analysis, partly in cooperation with other European universities and a partner from the financial industry. Relevant disciplinary fields include, but are not limited to: economics, finance, business administration, industrial engineering, and innovation studies. Interdisciplinary candidates are welcome. You should be dedicated to scientifically rigorous work that at the same time is relevant to policy makers and political institutions. Experience with quantitative methods is required; knowledge on climate and energy finance, as well as practical experience in the finance sphere would be a bonus. At EPG, candidates will have the opportunity to contribute to the group’s research agenda and are encouraged to co-advise master’s students.
a Master in one of the above mentioned disciplines or a related field; candidates currently completing their Master’s thesis can also apply. You have a strong motivation for academic research. Your excellent academic record underlines your potential to publish in top-ranked journals. Your working style is team-oriented and you have strong communication skills. You are highly proficient in English; further language skills are an additional asset.
We offeran entrepreneurial research atmosphere within a dynamic team at continental Europe’s leading research university. As a member of ETH’s Energy Science Center, our group benefits from frequent interactions with leading scholars in other energy- and policy-related fields. We also contribute to ETH’s newly founded Institute of Science, Technology, and Policy (ISTP). Furthermore we collaborate with other national and international academic and policy institutions (e.g., Stanford, Yale, UNDP, World Bank). The starting date is negotiable, an early starting date would however be preferable. Your PhD will be conducted in CIS’s doctoral program and is expected to be completed within 3.5 years.
For further information
please contact Dr. Bjarne Steffen by email firstname.lastname@example.org(no applications) and visit the group’s website: www.epg.ethz.ch.
Please submityour application online (link below) with attention to: ETH Zurich, Mr. Olivier Meyrat, Human Resources, 8092 Zurich, adding a letter of motivation, your CV with the contact details of two references, your university diplomas or transcripts, a sample paper or chapter from your Master thesis, and a brief research proposal (max 2 pages). The review of applications will start on Nov 1, 2016. The position will remain open until filled.