Durham, North Carolina

Duke University:


Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.


Occupational Summary


This position takes an active role in assisting with specialized research activities, in planning and operations, and in providing expertise to the Energy Access Project (EAP) at the Nicholas Institute & Energy Initiative. The role will focus especially in driving forward activities within EAP’s Modernizing Energy Access Finance work stream and Powering Productivity and Healthy Communities work stream.


Work Performed


- Assist the 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.


- Based on independent and collaborative research and data analysis, prepare drafts for internal and external reports, publications, articles, and policy memos and briefs.


- Support and help to validate the quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis of other team members according to research and policy needs


- Communicate understanding of scientific, technical, and policy-based approaches to the Institute's target audiences through written and oral presentations.


- Collaborate with principal investigators in developing plans for research projects and to discuss the interpretation of results and preparation of publications. Assist Area Director and Senior Policy Associates in research project management, especially in complex projects with multiple components and funding sources.


- 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, execute and conduct on- and off-campus activities (such as meetings, workshops, conferences, and virtual events) related to engagement with university faculty, Nicholas Institute faculty working groups, and external stakeholders and policymakers.


- Work with student research assistants and interns and assist in identifying new opportunities to involve Duke students in the specific program area.


- Collaborate with EAP-affiliated staff, faculty, students, and EAP Affiliates to ensure up-to-date web content, robust social media presence, and comprehensive monthly newsletter. Stay current with all EAP projects and maintain updated project list and associated content on website. Lead in assembling the monthly EAP newsletter. Assist in communication efforts with Nicholas Institute and Energy Initiative staff and others as needed.


-Correspond and build relationships with key EAP partners, including the SETI network, EAP Affiliates, private companies, and NGOs. Assist in managing project logistics as needed.



● Excellent written and verbal communication skills

● Excellent team-building, organizational, problem-solving, and interpersonal or cross-cultural communication skills

● Experience analyzing and interpreting data

● Experience building clear, attractive visualizations and graphics

● Ability to set priorities among multiple tasks

● Experience building and maintaining relationships in projects with multiple stakeholders

● Ability to work independently and accurately with a high attention to detail in a fast–paced environment

● Relevant work experience in international development or energy/environmental issues in developing countries

● Demonstrated ability to summarize research and conduct investigations or literature reviews

● Willingness and ability to travel internationally as needed


Minimum Education/Training Job Requirements – Required

Work requires a bachelor's degree.



Minimum Experience Job Requirements: Please indicate the nature and amount of work experience

– Required:

Work requires four years of experience in research, policy/data analysis or related position. A master's or higher degree in energy, environment, international development, finance, or other relevant field may offset required years of experience on a 1:1 basis, e.g. a two-year master's degree in lieu two years of experience.

Minimum Qualifications




Work requires a bachelor's degree in a field related to the specific position.




Work requires four years of experience in research/data analysis or OR AN EQUIVALENTCOMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE related position. A related master's degree may offset required years of experience on a 1:1 basis, e.g. a two year master's degree in lieu two years of experience.


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Durham, North Carolina

As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.

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