Research Associate

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Sep 2020

Posting Information

Position Type Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)
Department Public Policy-316400
Working Title Research Associate
Appointment Type EHRA Non-Faculty Research
Position Posting Category Research Professionals
Salary Range Dependent on Qualifications
Full Time/Part Time? Full-Time Permanent
Hours per Week 40
Vacancy ID NF0004551
Position ID 20036143
Posting Open Date 09/14/2020
Application Deadline 09/28/2020
Open Until Filled No
Proposed Start Date 01/01/2021
Position Summary

As a pioneer of data-driven approaches to environmental policy, the Data-Driven EnviroLab (Data-Driven Lab) brings quantitative rigor to pressing global challenges at the intersection of climate change and urbanization. This Research Associate is expected to conduct and manage research that involves 1) original research, including the design and management of studies; 2) the collection, coding, and analysis of qualitative data; and 3) the dissemination of research and evaluation findings through peer-reviewed publications, briefs, and other scholarly publications; 4) the identification and development of grants and fundraising opportunities to support the lab’s projects. The range of projects the Research Associate is expected to support include:
-The Urban Environment and Social Inclusion Index (, the first spatially-explicit index measuring cities’ performance on Sustainable Development Goal 11, which charges urban areas to be sustainable and inclusive;
-A National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported project investigating the use of distributed ledger technologies for climate action tracking;
-The role of cities, regions, and companies in global climate change mitigation and governance, with a particular focus on the Global South;
-Vulnerability risk mapping and assessment of the Urban Heat Island effect in Singapore, as part of the Cooling Singapore 2.0 research collaborative.
-Emerging AI-driven, digital environmental governance in China

Experimental/Research Design
-Under general direction of the principal investigator, develop, design and conduct research projects.

-Contribute to and co-author scientific publications
-Collect, code and analyze qualitative data, including semi-structured interviews and other data collection tasks
-Analyze and synthesize research data for projects and manuscripts.
-Conduct desk Internet research and collaborate with colleagues.

Project Management
-Assist in fundraising, budgeting, funder reports
-Maintain collaboration with external partners and researcher collaborators
-Manage project timelines and deliverables
-Ensure group is meeting or exceeding milestones and deliverables as appropriate.
-Manage and lead communication and outreach efforts.

Scientific Contributions
-Co-author and co-present results with Principal Investigator at meetings or results
-Communicate all outcomes of research with PI in presentations as well as in peer-reviewed publications.

-Assist with recruiting and overseeing students and staff with PI support.
-Work with students and other researchers to ensure timely supervision and mentorship
-Review student work products as needed.

Educational Requirements

Graduate of a master’s degree program in a relevant field (e.g, environmental management, data science, or other).

Qualifications and Experience

The selected candidate requires:
-Strong analytical skills.
-Superior research, writing, and communication abilities.
-Familiarity with at least one of the following disciplines: statistics, economics, law, political science, computer programming, graphic design, journalism, environmental studies, or environmental sciences. A broad understanding of environmental issues is critical and an understanding of environmental metrics is also desirable.
-Strong organizational and project management skills.
-Independent judgment and creativity.
-Ability to work in a diverse and multi-disciplinary team.
-Time management, organization, attention to detail, and general professionalism are essential.
-Software: Microsoft Office Suite is required. Experience with R, Adobe Creative Suite, Wordpress, or other content management systems, and web design software is a plus.
-An excitement and willingness to further improve all of these skills.
-Demonstrated potential for professional and academic leadership.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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