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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi

Research Intern – Renewable Energy

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  • We actively promote leadership by initiative​
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  • You will be surrounded by smart ambitious people who will challenge you and help you grow​
  • You will learn faster than your peers in other organisations​
  • Curiosity and irreverence, as well as responsibility, come together at CEEW​
  • You will get above-market remuneration​
  • We provide a safe space for all​
  • At CEEW, your life is your example for others​

Designation offered Research Intern – Renewable Energy

Reporting to RA/PA

Location New Delhi

Duration 4-6 months

Purpose

CEEW seeks to hire a Research Intern in the Renewable Energy team to expand its ongoing research work on renewable energy technologies, policies, power markets and grid integration. CEEW offers an intellectually challenging and conducive work environment, with a focus on research rigour, innovative thinking, and consensus-building. We are looking for an enthusiastic, skilled, and detail-oriented researcher, with a specific focus on identifying and addressing technical, policy, regulatory, and market hurdles that inhibit the accelerated deployment of renewable energy with the power system.

The Renewable Energy team is one of the seven focus areas at the CEEW. Our work supports India’s - and the world’s - clean energy transition. It does so through timely, research-based interventions based on extensive policy, regulatory, and market analyses. The team works on designing fit-for-purpose solutions mitigating barriers to the deployment of RE. It also works on identifying wholesale and retail side market reforms, and new market designs that can enhance the depth of power markets, promote new, clean and flexible technology options, and ease integration of RE (both utility and distributed). The team also assesses, through surveys, India’s renewable energy jobs potential and skills requirement, the risks facing renewable energy investments, and designing strategic financial mechanisms to address the identified risks. We recommend applicants visit the renewable energy team page on the CEEW website for more details about our projects.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

The successful applicant will assist fellow researchers in undertaking robust quantitative and qualitative analysis. Outlined below are the key duties and responsibilities of this role.

Research

  • Carry out a relevant literature review to support the identification of research questions, approaches and methodologies for analysing the evolving market risks, opportunities, and developing solutions.
  • Review recent reports, journal papers, and other relevant research publications on grid integration and power system modelling studies undertaken at the national and sub-national level.
  • Collect and analyse large amounts of power market and renewable energy-related data using a variety of software tools and methodologies.
  • Analyse renewable energy deployment and integration issues at the state, regional and national level.
  • Conduct research around policy, regulatory, institutional reforms and market-based mechanisms to increase supply and demand for renewable energy.
  • Assist in understanding new power market designs and regulatory interventions developed or demonstrated in emerging and developing countries for enabling higher shares of renewables.
  • Understand modelling (or tool) architectures, and assist in building power market database at the state, regional and national level.
  • Assist in conducting power system modelling studies (capacity expansion, production cost, reliability models) for utilities and government agencies.

Programme Assistance

  • Assist with project implementation, including preparing presentations, factsheets and other communication material.
  • Contribute to reports and other research products as part of the research team.
  • Accompany team members for meetings with other stakeholders; prepare minutes of the meetings and assist with relevant follow up.
  • Assist in organising webinars, workshops and roundtables as part of the team’s outreach activities.
  • Participate in various team meetings.

Selection Criteria

Education

  • Enrolled in or completed PhD/Master’s degree with a specialisation in power systems, energy systems, renewable energy technologies, or related fields.
  • Previous internships in any related fields would be an advantage.

Main Skills

  • Superior analytical abilities and familiarity with research methods
  • Ability to organise, process, and analyse large data sets that are used to inform power/energy models, or resulting from power/energy models
  • Ability to learn new tools to manage, process and drive insights from acquired data is key to this role
  • Understanding of programming languages, and software for quantitative analysisModelling skills in software like PyPSA, GridPath and coding skills in Python, R would be a plus
  • Sound understanding of India’s power markets (specifically solar and wind markets) and policy and regulatory environment
  • Familiarity with bulk power system and distribution systems operations
  • Ability to effectively work in a team while being able to independently drive research with minimum assistance, when time demands
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment

CEEW operates in a dynamic environment and the candidate will be required to show flexibility in undertaking a variety of tasks.

Compensation

Competitive compensation – commensurate to the experience and matching the best of standards adopted by industry or other similar organizations for similar roles.

Application Process

CEEW is an equal opportunity employer and the selection process does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, or caste. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates are requested to send their CV and cover letter (in one pdf) to jobs@ceew.in with 'Application –Research Intern – Renewables' as the subject line by 31 October 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested applicants are advised to apply at the earliest possible.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We appreciate your interest.