Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance Research Fellow Position

Location
California, United States
Posted
01 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Aug 2020
Ref
86680
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

The Steyer-Taylor Center seeks to hire a research fellow, to begin in July 2020 for a 12-month term, to develop theories and translational models for investment portfolios in a changing climate. The ideal candidate has excellent academic credentials and experience in investment research, portfolio theory or asset management. Consistent with the mission of the Steyer-Taylor Center, we are seeking an individual who can identify and translate solutions into practice. The position is particularly well suited for a former investor or research analyst, or a post-doctoral economics or finance student with relevant work experience.

The Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance

Founded in January 2011 at Stanford with a gift from Tom Steyer (MBA ’83) and Kat Taylor (JD/MBA ’86), the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance (STC) is a joint initiative of the Stanford law school and business school. The center’s mission is to develop economically sensible policy and finance solutions that advance decarbonization of the global economy. For more information on our people, research, courses and programs, visit: http://steyertaylor.stanford.edu/.

Investment Portfolios in a Changing Climate project

Driven by a growing awareness of the threats and opportunities inherent in a changing climate, asset owners are increasingly pledging to shift investment capital toward decarbonized and climate resilient strategies. While the pathway to net-zero and climate resilient portfolios is far from clear, more attention has been paid to sorting assets based on carbon intensity and physical climate risk. What is not yet well understood is how a changing climate, with its attendant physical and transition risks, impacts overall portfolio management and strategy. Do the tenants of modern portfolio theory apply in a changing climate? Do traditional formulas for calculating asset class allocations make sense in the context of systemic climate risk? What skills and expertise should asset owners be screening for when hiring investment managers? These are among the questions to be explored under the banner of the Investment Portfolios in a Changing Climate project. Led by Alicia Seiger, the project will engage a broad range of scholars and practitioners, including pension fund, endowment and family office investors to understand portfolio management in a changing climate.

The Position

The Research Fellow (RF) will conduct theoretical and empirical research and will be expected to produce publications for a practitioner audience. The RF will report to the Managing Director of STC, and work closely with the STC Faculty Director, STC fellows, Stanford faculty, and partners in the investment community on specific projects.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design and carry out research on portfolio theory and management in a changing climate
  • Write high-quality research papers and case studies
  • Help design and organize market engagement activities including invitation-only zoomshops, guest speakers, and educational forums.
  • Establish trust and credibility with investors and other key external stakeholders

Qualifications

  • Graduate degree (PhD, JD and/or MBA) with a strong academic record
  • Outstanding quantitative ability and writing / verbal skills
  • A minimum of five years experience in an analytical role in energy, transportation, agriculture, sustainability or financial services
  • Experience with portfolio management and / or factor-based investing
  • Experience developing research products, preferably using quantitative methods, and presenting research in public settings
  • Familiarity with climate science and impacts, the TCFD framework, carbon accounting and climate risk modeling
  • Demonstrated interest in climate-related investment trends and specific knowledge about the dominant issues in the sector

All interested and qualified applicants must follow these steps in order to apply:

All applicants must apply via the Stanford Careers website - http://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/job-search. Please search by selecting 'School of Law' in the ‘Location’ search field, or by entering the job number 86680 in the ‘Keyword’ search field. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and no later than June 30.

The following materials must be submitted before June 30, 2020.

  1. A cover letter;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. A writing sample that demonstrates the applicant's analytical and creative abilities.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.

Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 1384
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: H99
  • Department URL: http://www.law.stanford.edu/
  • Requisition ID: 86680

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