Assistant Researcher, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy - The Fletcher School
Location: Medford, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 17805
The Fletcher School is the United States’ first professional graduate school of international affairs. Since 1933 Fletcher’s multi-disciplinary education in international relations, law, and business, has prepared the world’s leaders to become innovative problem-solvers in government, private sector, and non-governmental organizations. The Fletcher School seeks to fulfill its mission in the most environmentally sensible way possible. We are also committed to increasing the diversity of our administrative staff. Members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) combines rigorous research, multi-disciplinary graduate education, and executive training to equip current and future policy entrepreneurs with both the knowledge to craft evidence-based policy in a global context and the skills to implement it. Research topics of focus for CIERP include: energy, climate, and innovation; agriculture, forests, and biodiversity; sustainable development, diplomacy, and governance; and sustainable development economics.
One of CIERP's newest initiatives is The Climate Policy Lab (CPL), which seeks to better understand which energy and climate policies work, which don't, and why. The Lab is a source of independent and objective advice for governments contemplating new climate policies as they implement new domestic policies consistent with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
What You'll Do
This is a gift/ grant-funded position for one year, with a possibility to renew up to three years (subject to funding). This position is not eligibe for severance pay.
Under direction of faculty or senior research staff, the Assistant Researcher participates in design and development of research study, execution of protocols and plans, data analysis and reporting of results for research projects and studies.
Participates in formulating research design, methodologies and study protocols
Assists in maintaining data management systems, reviews data and trains users
Performs data analysis and interprets results
Assists in preparation of summaries, reports, manuscripts, presentations and other study literature
Assists in writing proposals for continued or new funding sources
Represents research study
Provides study information and answers questions
May present information at conferences, seminars
What We're Looking For
Knowledge and experience typically acquired by a Bachelor’s degree and research experience in related discipline 2-3 years of work experience
Research and data management skills
Proficiency with MS Excel
Bachelor's or Master’s degree in economics, computer science, international relations, mathematics, statistics, political science, or related fields.
Background related to energy and climate change; familiarity with low-carbon growth in major developing economies.
Experience with and flair for qualitative and quantitative research, including data collection, analysis, and visualization.
Very strong writing, analytical, and communication skills.
Strong quantitative skills: training in econometrics and statistics required – but applicants with strong grades and demonstrated quantitative skills will be considered.
Extensive experience in statistical analysis is a strong plus: generally, experience working with large datasets is required.
Knowledge of Stata and Tableau; familiarity with R and Python (preferred).
Experience as a research assistant in a similar field (preferred).
Excellent management and organizational skills
Fluency in English with strong communication skills
Time-management: Proven ability to handle several different projects/tasks at one time, successfully complete tasks assigned, and meet deadlines
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
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