WELLCOME Postdoctoral Fellowship

The College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Peking University (PKU) invites applications for two 2-year postdoctoral fellowships focusing on decarbonization strategies in China and India, with a particular emphasis on electric vehicles.

The fellows will be based primarily in Peking University in Beijing, China, and work closely with an international and interdisciplinary team of advisors. The faculty host at PKU will be Prof. Hancheng Dai (Head of Laboratory of Energy & Environmental Economics and Policy, LEEEP). The fellows will also be co-advised by Prof. Wei Peng from the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and Prof. Johannes Urpelainen from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Short-term visits to PSU and JHU in the United States are strongly encouraged during summer and winter breaks. Outstanding fellows will also have the opportunity to spend a 3rd year at Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

For both positions, the main responsibilities include 80% research work and 20% project management work.  

  • Research work (80%):
    • One fellow is expected to work on integrated assessment modeling (IAM) to assess the air quality, health and carbon impacts of transport sector strategies in China and India;
    • The second fellow is expected to focus on modeling market and policy conditions that can accelerate electric vehicles (EV) uptake in these two countries.
  • Project work. (20%):
    • Developing strong proposals for academic and philanthropic funders to secure future funding for continued research.
    • Writing reports of research findings to the project funder and policymakers.


We seek applicants with research experience on energy/climate issues. Qualified applicants for the first position (IAM-focused) should have strong modeling skills in integrated assessment modeling and/or computable general equilibrium modeling. Qualified applicants for the second position (EV-focused) should have a deep understanding of the transport sector and relevant quantitative skills such as optimization, agent-based modeling, vehicle choice modeling, etc. Proficiency in English is required. Exceptional writing skills and prior experience on proposal writing are highly preferred. Applicants should have completed their Ph.D. requirements by the start date, but applicants close to completion will also be considered.

Start date: September 1, 2019 (FLEXIBLE)

Location: Beijing, China

Duration of position: 24 months from the start date

Compensation: $40,000 /year

Deadline: Open until filled

Date Posted: August 1, 2019

Employment Type: Full-time

Application Instructions

Review of applications for a postdoctoral fellow will begin immediately.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, current Curriculum Vitae outlining the applicant's experience and publications, and the name and contact information of three academic references. The shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide complete reference letters.
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

For additional information, email Prof. Hancheng Dai at hancheng.dai@pku.edu.cn . Please place “WELLCOME Postdoctoral Fellow Application-[Your Name]” in the subject line.

Additional Information:

About Prof. Hancheng Dai

View Prof. Dai's biography at http://scholar.pku.edu.cn/hanchengdai

About Prof. Wei Peng

View Prof. Peng's biography at http://weipengenergy.com

About Prof. Urpelainen
View Prof. Urpelainen's biography at https://www.sais-jhu.edu/users/jurpela1

About CESE at PKU

Since the late 1980s, The College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CESE) at Peking University (PKU) carried out the research direction of environmental economics and policy to establish and carry out the corresponding research and teaching and personnel training work. The research achievement not only achieves the academic impact, but also contributes to provide comprehensive decision-making recommendations for all levels of government.

Visit the CESE website at https://cese.pku.edu.cn/

About Johns Hopkins SAIS

Founded in 1943 and a Johns Hopkins division since 1950, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) has been educating global leaders for almost 60 years. As a highly selective graduate institution with a distinguished faculty, SAIS consistently ranks as one of the top schools of international relations in the world. SAIS was founded to provide a practical approach to training students in international leadership and foreign relations, and to provide mid-career educational opportunities for those already working in related fields.

Visit the SAIS website at http://www.sais-jhu.edu/

About CEE at Penn State

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State University, established in 1881, is internationally recognized for excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement, and for the preparation of our undergraduate and graduate students to meet the future challenges of society. The mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is to deliver an outstanding education to our students, conduct high-impact research on needed topics for society, engage in meaningful outreach and technology transfer, and provide leadership and service to the civil engineering profession and the public.

Visit the CEE website at https://www.cee.psu.edu/

For Chinese version: http://scholar.pku.edu.cn/hanchengdai/wellcome-postdoctoral-fellowship-CN