E-Power Research Associate, Sustainable Transition Center

Data Analysis & Technical Research Beijing, China

Overview and Job Summary

WRI China is committed to facilitate and accelerate low-carbon development in China towards achieving carbon dioxide emissions peaking before 2030 and carbon neutrality before 2060. We use a multi-prong approach to work with a wide range of stakeholders, from governments, to businesses, academia, NGOs, financial institutions, and practitioners to explore solutions for carbon neutrality transition.


Subnational jurisdictions, including provinces, cities, and industrial parks are playing important roles in realizing the above goals. Key development regions such as the Yangtze River Delta, Greater Bay Area, Jing-Jin-Ji, Shandong, and Cheng-Yu are expected to lead the transitions and pioneer innovative technical and policy solutions. WRI China has been actively working in these regions to facilitate an orderly, rapid, and equitable transition towards carbon neutrality. We develop analytical models and undertake policy analyses to identify solutions for systematic transitions of key sectors, including energy, industry, transport, etc.


Businesses are also playing an important role in advancing China’s carbon neutrality agenda. We actively convene and facilitate domestic and multinational corporations to pursue low-carbon business models and practices, including setting science-based targets, scaling renewable energy procurement, and decarbonizing supply chains.


In line with our expanding work in the above areas, we are opening the position of Research Associate at senior level. We offer a flexible environment for you to contribute and grow together with our teams on any of the priority areas and locations depending on your expertise, interest, and our project needs.


You will work with our in-house and external specialists to conduct research and engage with policymakers, businesses, the civil society at the local, national, and international levels to advance transformative solutions for China. You will have opportunities to leverage WRI’s global network of expertise to deliver our works in China and share our experience with our global networks across the continents.


Job Responsibilities

·        Conduct research and produce research products such as reports, working papers, and policy briefs on topics related to energy transition especially in power sector, clean energy, and renewable energy, etc. Specific research works include the following:

o   Analysis of policy and market reform options to support China's transition to clean power including through the use of system mapping

o   Track global progress of power sector reform, including technology application and supporting policies and market mechanisms.  

o   Cost-benefit analysis of low carbon technologies in power sector, such as renewable energy, energy storage, etc.

o   Business model analysis/case study for integrated clean energy solutions in typical application scenarios, such as industrial parks, rural areas etc.

·        Engage and collaborate with relevant government agencies, corporations, partners, and other stakeholders to undertake pilot projects in provinces, cities, and industrial parks.

·        Carry out broader communication and engagement activities through roundtables, seminars, workshops, policy dialogues, training, and others.

·        Regularly travel both domestically and internationally to engage with targeted stakeholders and broader audiences. 

·        Manage the assigned projects, including project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting.

·        Perform other tasks as requested by the supervisor.


Qualifications and Requirements

·        Master’s degree or above in renewable energy, power engineering, energy systems with an excellent understanding of power system operation and regulation, power market mechanisms.

·        Minimum of 8 years of full-time work experience in a relevant field, with a track record of effective stewardship and management experience.

·        Well-established China Energy expert with known track record on power system reform and in-depth understanding of China’s power sector agenda both domestically and in relation to the international power regime, as well as bilateral/multilateral relationships.

·        Proven ability to provide vision and super strategic thinking skills to identify strategic projects, drive transformative change, and bring outcomes to scale.

·        Track record on raising large-scale, multi-year funds with broad connections with funders, both domestically and internationally.

·        Ability and experience in effectively managing relationships with diverse stakeholders, including academic researchers and government officials.

·        Excellent communication skills and command of written and spoken both Chinese (Mandarin) and English. Strong public speaker in both languages.

·        Superior management skills, including project management, staff supervision, and financial management. Demonstrated ability to successfully motivate and manage teams.

·        Familiar with the operation models of NGOs/research institutions.

·        Willingness and ability to travel within China and internationally.


How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Final candidate will be required to take a writing test.


Report to Senior Research Associate

 Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package

 Duration: Full-time

 Location: Beijing, China, Preferred

 Application Deadline: Open till filled


About WRI China

WRI China was established in 2008 as WRI’s first international office. Currently, WRI China has more than 50 full-time staff members working on Climate, Energy, and Cities & Energy, Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Investment, and Food & Nature Resources. We engage with businesses, policymakers, and civil society at the local, national and international levels to advance transformative solutions for sustainable development and “ecological civilization”. WRI China recently registered as a foreign NGO under the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. 

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: Climate, Energy, and Cities change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.  

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The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.