Postdoctoral Fellowship: Consumer Attitudes on Energy and Related Issues

The University of Michigan's Energy Institute (UMEI) and Institute for Social Research (ISR) have launched a new national survey of Americans' attitudes on energy. Fielded as a quarterly rider on the nationally known University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers, the U-M Energy Survey is generating unique data on consumer perceptions and concerns about the affordability, reliability and environmental impact of energy. The survey has just completed collecting its first full year of data, presenting an opportunity for original research and analysis on a topic of high interest to the public, policymakers and the many businesses involved in energy production, distribution and use. For more information about the Energy Survey, click here.

UMEI is sponsoring a one-year, extendable fellowship for a social scientist who will help lead the analysis and interpretation of U-M Energy Survey data and initiate original research related to the topic. With mentorship by senior UMEI and ISR researchers and affiliated faculty advisors, the research may include comparing Energy Survey data to other consumer economics and energy data, developing additional survey questions, and applying complementary social science research tools. The fellow will join an analytic team that includes expertise on energy issues, consumer attitudes, survey methodology and data analysis.

Candidates should have a recently completed Ph.D. in a relevant social science discipline (such as survey methodology, psychology, economics, sociology, etc.), excellent English writing and speaking skills and expertise in quantitative methods. Knowledge of survey methodologies and current U.S. energy and economic issues are preferred, but expertise in all such areas is not essential. The fellow will be encouraged and supported in developing proposals for new research on the U-M Energy Survey and the fellow's related scholarly interests.

Postdoctoral fellows are required to be in residence for the duration of the appointment, write reports and papers for peer-reviewed journals, make presentations and develop short articles for the web and other outlets to describe the research and its public significance. The stipend is negotiable based on the candidate's credentials, includes a University of Michigan benefits package, and can be extended to a second year contingent on performance and funding.

To apply, send a letter of inquiry, CV, 1-3 published papers for which you are the lead author and the names of 3 references to: Energy.Projects@umich.edu. Applications should be received by December 15, 2014 and the position can start as soon as January 1, 2015. 

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Energy Institute/ UROP partnership

The University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI), in partnership with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) seeks to provide selected U-M undergraduates at all years of study with a $4,000 stipend for a 10-week fellowship to work under the supervision of a University of Michigan faculty member in science, technology, and policy fields related to the following research areas:

  energy policy, economics, and societal impact
  carbon-free energy sources
  energy storage and utilization
  transportation and fuels

Suitable mentors may be identified from the UMEI faculty affiliates. Participating undergraduates will perform research and receive mentoring while they work on the great challenge of our times: meeting the energy needs to our society in a sustainable manner. The UMEI-UROP partnership engages undergraduates who express interest in energy issues and encourage them to advance their education in the field.

In addition to research with a UMEI faculty affiliate, students will participate in UROP activities, which include weekly seminars and other community-building opportunities for participants and conclude with poster presentations at a symposium.

The UMEI-UROP program seeks to attract a [broadly] diverse student population, which would include women and historically underrepresented students as well as first generation college students and students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. The program also offers workshops and resources to assist students with the graduate school application process.

This fellowship is open to current undergraduate students attending the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus. Students may not be enrolled in more than one spring or one summer course while participating in the fellowship program. Enrollment in spring/summer courses is highly discouraged for program participants.

Stipend Award: $4000

Application Instructions
Students should e-mail a single Adobe PDF file including following items to Bart Bartlett (Associate Director for Science and Technology).

1. Research Proposal

This three page research proposal (single-spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins; page limit includes all figures and references) is a persuasive document that describes the purpose of your research, why it should be done, your methodology, your proposed timeline, the scope of the summer project, and your expected results by the end of the fellowship.
2. Resume or CV
3. Official Transcript

You will need to submit an official transcript from U of M and any other institutions (higher education institutions, e.g. all community colleges attended)

In addition, students should arrange for the UMEI Faculty Affiliate (summer mentor) to send a recommendation letter to Bart Bartlett. The recommendation letter from the faculty affiliate should include a brief statement of how long and in what capacity the faculty affiliate knows the student. Faculty should also comment specifically on the student’s scholarly potential, maturity, motivation, and ability to work independently in a summer research program.