Associate - China Transportation Program
About Rocky Mountain Institute
Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) mission is to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. RMI engages businesses, communities, institutions, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of market-based solutions that cost-effectively shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. We employ rigorous research, analysis, and whole-systems expertise to develop breakthrough insights. We then convene and collaborate with diverse partners—business, government, academic, nonprofit, philanthropic, and military—to accelerate and scale solutions.
In 2013, RMI began working with the Energy Research Institute of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs’ China Energy Group, and Energy Foundation China. The group designed a road map, called Reinventing Fire: China, to promote renewables and reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in the Chinese economy without compromising economic growth. This roadmap has become the basis for ongoing programmatic activity. RMI continues to expand its Chinese presence, with a Beijing office serving as the hub for our nation-wide engagements. The Beijing office works on multiple parts of China’s energy transformation including power sector reform, low-carbon mobility and freight solutions, low-carbon cities, transforming the building stock, and addressing manufacturing and industrial emissions.
RMI is seeking an Associate to support the Zero-Carbon Cities initiative and our China transportation team. The China transportation team is collaborating with city governments, associated research institutes, electric vehicles associations, and other key market stakeholders to significantly scale the deployment of electric vehicles as a critical driver of clean energy transformation. Currently the team is working in the City of Shenzhen to evaluate policies, charging infrastructure deployment, and business models that support electrification of urban delivery vehicles.
In July, RMI released the report, A New Horizon—Insights from Shenzhen’s Path to Global Leader in Electric Logistics Vehicles, as an overview of the urban electric logistics vehicle market in Shenzhen. RMI will build on this initial research with a second phase of analysis focused on a deep dive into some of the key policy, economic, and technical drivers of adoption and utilization of electric delivery vehicles in Shenzhen. This analysis will be used to inform better policy design in Shenzhen and across Chinese cities, as well as to inform implementation of urban electric delivery vehicles in cities globally.
This position will be responsible for supporting the development of key insights and recommendations to inform a strategy for engaging Chinese cities and global stakeholders on accelerating uptake of electric vehicles. They will support the team on a wide range of activities, including research, analysis and writing, stakeholder engagement and management, and supporting the delivery of workshops and other public events. In addition to supporting the above initiative and scope of work, this position will also serve as a resource for the broader China program strategy and for other programs within RMI. This is an excellent opportunity for an early career professional with an interest in China and global clean energy transformation to gain experience and expertise across a wide-range of topics and within a fast-moving team.
Successful candidates will assist China Transportation and Zero-Carbon Cities teams in the following areas:
- Provide core research on national and local level EV (including passenger, taxi, bus and trucks) policy
- Assist management to engage with various stakeholders (government, fleet, OEM, rental company, charging stations operator, grid) and conduct surveys and interviews on understanding Shenzhen’s pain points on EV promotion
- Analyze EV operational data with appropriate tools to distill insights for further improvements on Shenzhen’s specific EV related problems
- Combine qualitative analysis with quantitative analysis to identify the current inefficiencies of electric logistics vehicles utilization and potential recommendation areas.
- Draft insights up to publishable reports or insight briefs.
- Support other daily work with China program and city initiative if needed
First and foremost, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following qualities
- Master degree or equivalent in economics, energy, transportation, and/or urban planning related majors;
- 1-2 years working experience;
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
- Excellent writing skills, visual presentation capability, and verbal communication skills in both Mandarin and English;
- High emotional intelligence and interpersonal relationship establishment and maintaining skills, desire to work collaboratively;
Candidates with the following experience and capabilities will be preferred:
- Working experience in urban transportation/electric vehicle/freight logistics/urban planning;
- Excellent quantitative and modeling skills, strong expertise in python/R/MATLAB and ArcGIS;
- Proven cross-cultural sensitivity with overseas education or working experience preferred;
- Entrepreneurial self starter, with intense curiosity and creativity on exploring unfamiliar problems;
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter addressing your interest in working for RMI and your resume to chinaHR@rmi.org. Please submit materials bilingually or in English.
Due to the large number of applications received, RMI is not able to respond to every applicant We will be in contact with applicants moving to the interview stage.
If you have questions regarding the position, please email: chinaHR@rmi.org. No phone calls please.
RMI is an equal opportunity employer.