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Assistant Researcher - CIERP, Climate Policy Lab
Tufts University

Date Posted Feb. 23, 2022
Title Assistant Researcher - CIERP, Climate Policy Lab
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department CIERP, Climate Policy Lab
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory


This is a gift / grant-funded position for one year, with a possibility to renew up to three years (subject to funding) and is not eligible for severance.


Climate change is the most pressing global policy challenge of our time. This is an opportunity to work in the Climate Policy Lab (CPL) at Tufts University, to determine which climate policies work, which don’t, and why.


The lab conducts independent, evidence-based research and policy analysis, providing objective insights that enhance effective climate-related choices for policy makers across the geographic and ideological spectrum. Our work is founded on the desire for sustainable and resilient development that will address climate change in a manner that will improve the quality of life for all people. The CPL resides in the Fletcher School's Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP).


What You'll Do

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.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participates in formulating research design, methodologies and study protocols
  • Performs data analysis and interprets results
  • Contributes to preparation of summaries, reports, manuscripts, presentations and other study literature
  • Assists in writing proposals for continued or new funding sources
  • Maintains data management systems, reviews data and trains users
  • May represent research study information at conferences and/or seminars


What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and experience typically acquired by Bachelor's degree and research experience in related discipline 2-3 years of work experience
  • Research and data management skills
  • Proficiency with MS Excel

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.


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