Energy and Environment Modeler

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Somerville, MA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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SEI is a mission-driven, international research organization headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, working to advance sustainable development through research, policy analysis and capacity-building. SEI US is one of eight centers of SEI located around the globe, and has offices in Somerville, Massachusetts; Davis, California; and Seattle, Washington. Our employees work on a wide variety of timely environment and resource issues, from climate change policy to water resource planning. SEI US offers an international working environment, a warm and friendly culture, and the opportunity to support a dynamic research team presently comprising of 27 employees.

The role

SEI US seeks an experienced energy modeler to join its energy modeling program. SEI is an independent international research organization working on sustainable development issues at local, national, and global policy levels.

The energy modeling program, based in Somerville, Massachusetts, develops quantitative modeling tools and techniques and conducts modeling and policy analysis worldwide. The program’s work focuses especially on developing countries, but it also conducts projects within the US. Much of the program’s work is based around developing, supporting and applying SEI’s LEAP (Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning) software. As a member of the team, you would be expected to apply LEAP and to help others around the world use LEAP.

Key responsibilities

  • Build and apply models of energy and economic systems, energy technologies, climate change mitigation measures, and other sustainable-development-related policy interventions.
  • Plan and implement innovative research projects that use quantitative modeling and analysis to inform energy, climate, and development policy.
  • Research modeling tools and methods and help develop SEI’s modeling toolkit.
  • Collaborate with and support researchers and policy makers using LEAP and help enhance their technical and analytical capacity.
  • Travel internationally as needed (expected 4-6 times per year).
  • Produce, review, and edit technical reports, academic papers, briefs, and presentations on modeling and policy research.
  • Maintain and build relationships with existing funders and partners and develop new funding opportunities.
  • Explore joint research opportunities and collaborate with colleagues at SEI US and other SEI centers.
  • Raise the profile of SEI’s research by presenting, publishing, and communicating externally.

Who you are

You should have a strong interest in using your technical skills to help understand the major environmental and sustainability challenges the world is facing in the twenty-first century. You should also have a strong interest for a career in sustainability research and capacity building in the nonprofit sector. You will work independently and as part of a team in a highly flexible and exciting research environment.

Required qualifications and experience

The successful applicant will have:

  • Significant experience working with energy and environmental models, such as LEAP, MARKAL/TIMES, OSeMOSYS, MESSAGE or similar.
  • An advanced degree in a related field (preferably Ph.D.).
  • Expertise in energy and environmental policy, climate change mitigation, and sustainable development.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills (for both technical and non-technical audiences) and a record of publishing and presenting research results in academic, policy, or other fora.
  • Demonstrated project and task management capabilities.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Proven success working with a range of partners, such as research institutes, governments, and other nonprofit organizations.
  • Strong leadership, technical, communications, interpersonal, and networking skills.

Desirable qualifications

  • Expertise with optimization, system dynamics, agent-based, macroeconomic or similar modeling techniques.
  • Proficiency in one or more languages other than English (French and Spanish highly desirable).
  • Experience with computer programming to build or facilitate building quantitative models and/or web sites.
  • A record of developing and securing funding for new research projects.
  • Work experience in a developing country or countries.

How to apply

We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis, so please submit your application as soon as possible. Applications should be submitted using the web form below and include:

  • Cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience. If you are not currently based in the Boston region, please specify your interest/availability to relocate.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (as attachment).
  • Name and contact details of three professional references. We will alert you before contacting your references.
  • Samples of (or links to) publications and modeling software that you have written, including at least one publication addressing a policy audience and one intended for a more academic audience. If you are not the sole publication author, please specify your role and contribution to the writing.
  • Copies of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  • Applications should be written in English.