As the world is switching to new forms of energy, the storage of energy becomes increasingly important. Lux Research tracks the development of energy storage technology and business. We are looking for a Research Associate that can think on a system level in terms of technology and economy, and translate those thoughts into models. You could, for example, have a background in econometrics, engineering management, industrial design, mathematics, or electrical engineering. Affinity or experience with policies and regulations in the energy space is a plus.
As a Research Associate you will spend most of your time conducting interviews with technology developers, identifying and analyzing patents, scientific publications, and financial transactions, and drawing on this work to analyze emerging companies and trends. For this position we are looking for someone who can also help develop economic models. You should like to work in a fast-paced environment where you will be required to rapidly switch between a variety of topics and questions. You should enjoy forming firm, fact-based opinions on new technology and regulations, and not be afraid to go against the hype if your analysis tells you to do so.
As a Research Associate for the energy transition team you will be required to develop multiple potential future scenarios to solve the problems associated with intermittently available energy sources and find creative solutions to those problems. Part of your job will be to forewarn clients of viable developments that they have not yet seen.
This position does not involve lab-work; rather it involves building on technical expertise through additional primary and secondary research to identify the best opportunities and biggest risks for clients.
- Work with a geographically diverse team to develop and test research hypotheses and prepare findings for clients.
- Conduct primary interviews with senior-level executives at large corporations, technology start-ups, and other organizations.
- Conduct secondary research drawing on diverse sources, including business and trade press, academic publications, patent filings, and conference presentations.
- Produce written research reports, including creative visual depictions of data and ideas.
- Understand client business needs to develop and deliver high-value research.
- Help develop and launch new client service offerings.
- Develop a network of contacts and relationships among business and scientific leaders in emerging technologies.
- Background or experience in one or more of the following: computer science, materials science, chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, engineering management, econometrics, industrial design, or mathematics.
- Deep intellectual curiosity about emerging technologies, especially energy storage technologies and applications like Li-ion batteries, flow batteries, and electric vehicles.
- Willingness to bend over backwards to meet client needs in a fast-moving, rapidly growing, environment.
- Entrepreneurial, enthusiastic, collegial, and collaborative approach to work.
- High degree of organization and attention to detail; ability to juggle multiple tasks.
- Ability to write clearly and incisively about business and technical topics.
- Superior listening and critical thinking skills, and ability to speak articulately and think on your feet; a good sense of humor is a major plus.
- Strong analytical skill, both qualitative and quantitative.
- A strong record of academic achievement. Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree is a plus.
- Fluency in spoken and written Mandarin, Japanese, or Korean is a plus.