JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

August 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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MIT Energy Initiative
Postdoctoral Associate

JOE ID Number: 2022-02_111471232
Date Posted: 12/06/2022
Date Inactive: 01/31/2023
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Section: US: Other Academic (Visiting or Temporary)
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
H -- Public Economics
L -- Industrial Organization
Q -- Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
O -- Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth
J -- Labor and Demographic Economics
Energy Economics
Environmental Policy
Climate Change
Energy Transition
Full Text of JOE Listing:

We are seeking a motivated postdoctoral associate to work on the mining and processing of minerals related to the energy transition. They will work with Christopher Knittel (Sloan School of Management and CEEPR) and Elsa Olivetti (Materials Science and Engineering). The project will develop empirical models of supply and demand conditions around the world for minerals required for the energy transition. These models will be based on both the economic incentives created by markets and the physical constraints of mining operations. The project will then use these models to understand the impact of different policies on market outcomes, such as EV subsidies, domestic content requires, amongst other.

Recent PhD in Economics (or related discipline) with a clear interest in mining and the energy transition,
Experience and competency in quantitative analysis, including applied econometrics
Experience in applied theoretical modeling a plus
Proficient at statistical software, e.g., STATA, R, Python
Strong communication skills (written and verbal), Strong organizational, time management and problem-solving skills, while maintaining accuracy
Must be highly goal-driven and exhibit the ability to interact effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of the organization

This position is Cambridge, MA. The successful candidate is expected to relocate.
We welcome people from all walks of life to bring their talent, ideas, and experience to our community. We value diversity and strongly encourage applications from individuals from all identities and backgrounds – like yours.

Application Requirements:
  • External Application URL and Instructions Below
  • Letters of Reference Instructions Below
Application deadline: 02/28/2023
Reference Instructions:
Reference Letters may be emailed separately and directly to with cc to by the letter writer if needed - please include the job applicant's full name (intended person that the reference letter supports) in the email body. All applicants must submit 3 letters of recommendation to have their packet considered as complete for the search committee.
Application Instructions:
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early application is strongly recommended.

Please email your application as a single PDF file to with a cc to with the subject line: MIT Postdoctoral application – [Your name]. All applications must include:
- a brief cover letter including date of availability, suitability and motivation for the role, including your interest in this project, qualifications or related experience, general research/goals statement;
- detailed curriculum vitae (CV);
- official or unofficial copy of diploma(s)/university certificate(s); and
- contact information including email addresses for three (3) references to support the application.