Carnegie Energy Innovation

We aim to help

— facilitate a transition to a near-zero emission energy system, and
— protect environmental assets.

We attempt to achieve these goals by conducting scientific and technical investigations into energy systems and their interactions with the environment. We work to communicate our findings to people who can make or influence decisions.

While evaluating efficacy and unintended consequences of proposed solutions to climate and energy problems is our core focus, the scope of our research includes related basic climate and environmental research.


For more information about our group and department, click here.


We currently have two job postings for postdoctoral researchers. We can potentially hire several people under each posting. The first one is a general posting and the second one is more specific on one aspect of our work. Feel free to contact Ken Caldeira about possible employment up to two years in advance  of your expected start date.


Exploring Key Factors for a Near-Zero-Emission Energy System Transition

Come join a group of collaborating researchers who seek to explore key factors that could help facilitate a transition to a near-zero emission energy system.

Our work typically falls into these areas:

1. Schematic energy-system modeling
2. Schematic economic modeling
3. Geophysical modeling
4. Energy and climate-related analysis



Optimization of Idealized Near-Zero-Emission Energy Systems

This position involves studying the architectures of possible near-zero-emission energy systems and what innovations would help facilitate a transition to those energy systems.  This work involves studying idealized, but relatively complete, representations of future energy systems.


The Team

Jess Barker, assistant

Patrick Brown, postdoctoral research scientist
Global climate, Earth’s energy budget, climate modeling, natural variability
Curriculum vitae, Google scholar, Blog

Ken Caldeira, senior scientist
Climate, carbon, oceans, and energy systems
Curriculum vitae, Google scholarWeb page, Bio, Blog, Twitter

Clara Garcia-Sanchez, postdoctoral research scientist
Geophysical fluid dynamics, modeling, wind
Google scholar

Anna P. Goldstein, postdoctoral research scientist
Accelerating the movement of clean energy technology from the lab to the marketplace
Harvard web page

Dave Koweek, postdoctoral research scientist
Oceans, coasts, solutions, coral reefs, ocean acidification, kelp forests
Google scholar, Web page

Geeta Persad, postdoctoral research scientist
Climate change, aerosol/climate interactions, atmospheric teleconnections, co-benefits of climate mitigation
Curriculum vitae, Google Scholar, Web page

Anna Possner, postdoctoral research scientist
Geophysical limits of wind energy technologies, climate impacts, boundary layer processes, susceptibilities of marine clouds and their radiative forcing
Curriculum vitae, Google scholar, Web page

Fan Tong, postdoctoral research scientist
Sustainable transportation, energy & climate policy modeling, life-cycle analysis, industrial ecology
Curriculum vitaeGoogle scholar, Web page

Rong Wang, postdoctoral research scientist
Aerosols, climate change, air pollution, Earth system modeling, energy policy
Curriculum vitae, Google scholar


Steven J. Davis
Associate Professor, Dept. of Earth System Science
University of California, Irvine
Solutions to the energy-carbon-climate problem; pollution and natural resources embodied in international trade; socio-economic inertia and “lock-in” of environmental problems
Web page

Paulina Jaramillo
Associate Professor, Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie-Mellon University
Social, economic, and environmental implications of global energy use and supply

Nathan S. Lewis
George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry
California Institute of Technology
Solving present-day issues in energy and chemical sensing by controlling interactions between light, semiconductors, catalysts, and liquids; large-scale energy-systems analysis
Web page

Juan Moreno-Cruz
Associate Professor, School of Economics
Georgia Institute of Technology
Interaction between energy systems, technological change, and environmental policy
Web page

Harry D. Saunders
Independent researcher
Managing Director, Decision Processes Inc.
Senior Fellow, The Breakthrough Institute
Sustainability economics, evolutionary biology and criminal law of evidence theory, long-term civilizational sustainability, eco-economy characterization, formalization of eco-economy dynamics in mathematics-based theory and emulation
Web page


Contact Us

Scientific and technical leadership:

Carnegie Energy Innovation
c/o Ken Caldeira
Carnegie Institution for Science
Department of Global Ecology
260 Panama St
Stanford CA 94305 USA


Chief development officer:

Carnegie Energy Innovation
c/o Ann McElwain
Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P Street NW
Washington DC 20005 USA

Carnegie Energy Innovation is supported by the Fund for Innovative Climate and Energy Research (FICER) and the Carnegie Institution for Science endowment.