Posted: Mar 14,2019
Closing: Open until Filled
Source: partner

Position: Postdoctoral Associate
Employer: Columbia University and University of California Santa Barbara
Start Date: Summer/Fall 2019 
Duration: 1-2 years
Project details: Columbia World Project to Reduce Household Air Pollution in Ghana through community-Level Transitions to Clean Cookstoves and Fuels


Job Summary

The successful candidate will join an exciting new project on household energy use in Ghana. The aim of the project is to support the transition of households away from polluting dirty forms of household energy (primarily biomass) toward cleaner, modern energy sources. The project will investigate:  

  • Viable clean energy sources
  • Household adoption and fuel-use decisions
  • Health impacts of cleaner fuels.

Through an iterative research approach, beginning with a national-scale survey-based needs assessment, including a district-wide field experiment and finishing with the handover of a long-run indoor air pollution monitoring program, the project will bring new approaches and strategies to the challenge of household air pollution in Ghana. 



  • Ph.D. in economics, public health, engineering, public policy or related fields by May 2019
  • Knowledge of economics, public health, and/or engineering literature in household energy use or related topics, and interest in contributing to those literatures
  • Strong data programming capabilities (e.g., R, python, MatLab, Stata, etc.)
  • Experience with primary data collection, including one or more of the following: large scale household surveys, lab-in-the-field experiments, randomized controlled trials
  • Interest in travel to Ghana
  • Proficiency in econometrics or applied statistics
  • Experience working with a team, ideally across countries



This position offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits, and some potential flexibility on location (New York or

Santa Barbara). For more information, please contact Darby Jack at and Kelsey Jack at Interested applicants should send a cover letter describing their interests and skills as they relate to the project, a CV, the contact information for three references, and an example of completed research.

Applications will be evaluated as they arrive.