Research Analyst II

North Carolina, United States
19 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


Job Description

Occupational Summary

This position takes an active role in conducting specialized projects,in planning and operations,and in providing expertise in the Energy Access Project at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Work Performed

  • Work with Area Director, Faculty co-director, and EAP- affiliated faculty and staff in conducting policy- and market-relevant research and analysis by reviewing,synthesizing, and presenting relevant literature, articles, and other written materials. Prepare and analyze quantitative data sets from primary and secondary sources and operate economic models. Oversee literature reviews and preparation of annotated bibliographies. Work on multiple projects across multiple issue areas,as needed.
  • Based on independent and collaborative research and data analysis,prepare drafts for internal and external reports, publications, articles, and policy memos and briefs.
  • Communicate understanding of scientific, technical, and policy-based approaches to the Institute's target audiences through written and oral presentations.
  • Contribute to strategic implementation of EAP goals, particularly by taking advantage of team strengths and weaknesses, developing and managing projects, leveraging prior results, identifying and following up on promising funding sources, helping create synergies by collaborators within and outside of Duke.
  • Provide data, literature synthesis, draft narratives, and budgets to assist with grant proposals to foundations, governments, and other potential sponsors.
  • Work with faculty and stakeholders to plan, coordinate, and execute on- and off-campus activities(such as meetings, workshops, conferences, and events) related to engagement with university faculty, students, Nicholas Institute faculty working groups, and external stakeholders and policymakers.
  • Oversee and manage the training and work of research assistants and interns. Identify new opportunities to involve Duke students in the specific program area.
  • Coordinate with EAP- affiliated staff and faculty to ensure up-to-date web content. Stay current with all EAP projects and maintain updated project list and associated content on website.Coordinate communication efforts with Nicholas Institute and Energy Initiative staff and others as needed.
  • Draft policy briefs, blog posts and other documents that bring new knowledge, data analysis, or synthesis into an applied, practitioner-focused narrative.
  • Coordinate and manage relationships with key EAP partners, including the SETI network, private companies, and NGOs. Support managing project logistics as needed
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • Master’s degree in energy, environment, international development, economics, policy, or other relevant field (exceptional candidates with only undergraduate degrees will also be considered, especially with relevant work experience)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent team-building, organizational, problem-solving, and interpersonal or cross- cultural communication skills
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting data
  • Ability to set priorities among multiple tasks
  • Experience building and managing relationships in projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and accurately in a fast–paced environment
  • Relevant work experience in international development and energy issues in developing countries
  • Familiarity with the policy, economic, financial, legal and/or scientific aspects of the emerging market clean energy space
  • Demonstrated ability to summarize research and conduct investigations or literature reviews
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally as needed

Requisition Number 401495862
Location Durham
Job Family Level 12
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt
Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME
Regular / Temporary Regular
Shift First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

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Work requires a Bachelor's degree in a field related to the specificposition. A Master's degree is strongly preferred.


Work requires five years of experience in research/data analysis orrelated position. A related master's degree may offset required yearsof experience on a 1:1 basis, e.g. a two year master's degree in lieutwo years of experience.OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

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