Postdoctoral Research Associate - Jaramillo Lab - Engineering and Public Policy

Carnegie Mellon | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Posted Date 5/04/2021

Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) is a unique department in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University which addresses important problems in technology and policy. The department offers a research-oriented Ph.D. program and double-major undergraduate B.S. programs with each of the five traditional engineering departments and Computer Science. We educate technically skilled students to be leaders in policy-focused research; we work on policy problems in which the technology matters.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for Professor Paulina Jamarillo's research team. The link between electricity and agricultural production could serve the dual purposeof improving the financial sustainability of power systems and improving internal food valuechains on the continent. Indeed, World Bank states that “to realize the full potential ofagriculture-power integration in Sub-Saharan Africa, the region’s policy makers and powercompanies must think about demand creation.” In this role, you will carry out advanced independent and/or directed research to achieve the objectives of the research project. This position will require an in depth knowledge of a niche field, process, or subject area and may involve organizing and implementing complex research plans, the development of methods of research, testing and data collection, analysis and evaluation, and writing reports which contain descriptive, analytical and evaluative content. The purpose of this role is to acquire the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of his or her choosing.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Identifying the potential uses of electricity in the agricultural value chain for major agriculturalproducts in sub-Saharan Africa, including cereals, vegetable oils, roots & tubers, fruits & vegetables, sugar, livestock, dairy, poultry, fish. Specific products will be prioritized based on potential market value
  • Quantify the potential demand for electricity (in kWh) for individual processes in the agricultural value chain for a case study in one country in East Africa.
  • Collecting existing data products about land use patterns, population density, irrigation potential, and existing energy infrastructure from a selected country in East Africa, to support effort to develop an interactive mapping tool that decision makers can use to identify locations where agricultural demand for electricity could serve as effective anchor customers for electricity service companies.


  • Doctorate Degree in a related field required
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and reasoning skills required
  • Strong organization and communication skills required

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Job Function

: Research

Primary Location

: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh

Time Type: Full Time

Minimum Education Level: Doctorate

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