We are looking for postdocs, PhD students and research assistants! Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Postdoc (1 opening)

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated postdoctoral scholar to join a new project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to incorporate political economy insights into the quantitative modeling of climate policies. 


With a focus on the U.S. climate policy, this project aims to:

1) Organize insights from political economy fields to enable quantitative representations in models;

2) Upgrade IAMs to better represent and assess politically-realistic policy and investment decisions.


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to advance their own research while also collaborating with several teams of scholars—in IAMs, and in the social sciences—who are developing new ways to collaborate across disciplines.  


To apply, please send a CV, a cover letter, and the contact information of 3 references to Dr. Wei Peng (weipeng@psu.edu). We will start reviewing applications from September 30, 2022 and will accept applications until the position is filled.

Full position description: Link

(1-2 openings) 

We are looking for part-time research assistants to conduct data analysis for the project to evaluate health effects of climate policies in 2022-2023 academic year. 

  • Proficiency with programming language is required (e.g., R, Python or MATLAB). Some understanding of modeling methods and energy/climate policy issues is preferred. 

  • If interested, please send Dr. Peng an email with your resume/CV, as well as a brief summary of your quantitative skills and research experience.


While we don't have funding at the moment to sponsor visitors, we would be happy to host you if you can be funded by your own institutions or other sources.

Please send Dr. Peng your CV and research plan for further discussions (for students, also include transcripts, and one letter of recommendation from your adviser). 

PhD (closed)

We hope to recruit 2 motivated PhD students through the Environmental Engineering program to start in Spring 2022 or Fall 2022. These positions are fully funded.

  • The candidates are expected to contribute to the projects on: a) assessing the health impacts of climate policies in the US and globally; b) quantifying the synergies and tradeoffs between health and climate objectives with considerations of future uncertainties. 

  • Students with strong quantitative backgrounds and an interest in policy applications are particularly encouraged to apply. Prior knowledge on air quality modeling, health impact assessment, integrated assessment modeling or robust decision making is preferred but not required.

  • Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Peng before applying (weipeng@psu.edu). Please include the following information in the email: a) your academic CV, b) a brief summary of your research experience and skills, c) how would you contribute to this project and the group.

Full position description: Link

(1 opening)

If you have a good quantitative background, are excited by research, and interested to learn new skills, we would be eager to bring you on board for our ongoing projects in 2022-2023 academic year.

  • Please familiarize yourself with some of the projects we have completed in the past to get an idea of the type of work we do.

  • Please send Dr. Peng an email with a one-page memo summarizing your research interests and the skills you have/hope to learn.