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Staff Assistant

 

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.

The Newly Merged Institute

Duke University is heightening its commitment to accelerate sustainable and equitable solutions to the climate crisis and develop a new generation of climate-literate thought leaders. An ambitious university-wide strategy will build on decades of successful energy and environmental research, education, and external engagement efforts. As part of this endeavor, the university is merging two of its signature interdisciplinary units: the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke University Energy Initiative. Working closely with Duke University schools and other units, the newly merged institute (NMI) will advance the university’s climate strategy by developing transformative educational experiences; galvanizing and conducting impactful research; and engaging with decision makers at the global, national, state, and local levels.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core values of the newly merged institute. We believe that the educational environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to learn. Applicants with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Occupational Summary

Perform a variety of administrative duties to support the Director and assist with administrative duties for the staff of the Newly Merged Institute (NMI). This full-time, in-person position will report to the Program Coordinator, Sr. (Office Manager) for daily operations and coordination of activities as part of the administrative team.

Work Performed

This position will be located at the NMI Gross Hall offices and will be responsible for welcoming and hosting visitors, students, staff and faculty.

Oversee the calendar for the Director including but not limited to; scheduling meetings, preparing materials and providing instructions/assistance to those in attendance.  Assist in the management of NMI events including coordination with co-sponsoring departments, faculty, staff and students.  Responsible for all travel reservations and expenses for domestic and international travel of the Director. Receive and answer correspondence in draft and final form on behalf of the Director.

Study emails, meeting requests, documents received; check and compare with previous reports and other data and bring to the attention of the Director significant items, changes, errors or omissions; coordinate with the administrative team the maintenance of office files, keeping correspondence and reports available for reference and ensuring efficient operation of the office. Manage electronic and paper file directories and organization of current documents for reference. Document contacts, maintain current contact information, and email distribution lists for all activities of the Director, within Duke and external to Duke.

Prepare expense reports for the Director and submit for approvals, following all Duke University policies and procedures. Prepare meeting summaries, notes from conference calls and provide recommendations for next steps as appropriate.

Plan and coordinate day-to-day administrative duties, for Director and other NMI staff, under the direction of the Program Coordinator, Sr. (Office Manager) as part of the admin team within the NMI. Review completed work for adherence to instructions and for correctness, as needed. Provide backup support to the Program Coordinator, Sr. and Staff Assistant as needed.

Recommend activities and support any team functions as part of the admin team including webinars, workshops and department retreat activities.

Required Qualifications at this Level

Education/Training: Bachelor’s degree in a related area or an equivalent combination of relevant education and professional experience and working knowledge of administrative processes in higher education.

Experience: Knowledge generally acquired through a minimum of five years of executive secretarial/administrative experience of increasing variety and or complexity. Including expenses, accounting systems and administrative systems.

Skills: Organization; attention to detail; good oral and written communication; proofreading and editing; flexible; team oriented.

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Policy Associate

 

About 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.

About the newly merged institute (NMI)

Duke University is heightening its commitment to accelerate sustainable and equitable solutions to the climate crisis and develop a new generation of climate-literate thought leaders. An ambitious university-wide strategy will build on decades of successful energy and environmental research, education, and external engagement efforts. As part of this endeavor, the university is merging two of its signature interdisciplinary units: the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke University Energy Initiative. Working closely with Duke University schools and other units, the newly merged institute will advance the university’s climate strategy by developing transformative educational experiences; galvanizing and conducting impactful research; and engaging with decision makers at the global, national, state, and local levels.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the newly merged institute. We believe that the educational environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to learn. Applicants with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Occupational Summary

This term limited grant funded position takes an active role in conducting specialized projects, in planning and operations, and in providing expertise in the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project (EAP) at the Nicholas Institute/Energy Initiative.

Work Performed

  • Work with Area Director, Faculty co-director, and EAP-affiliated faculty and staff in conducting policy- and market-relevant research and analysis. This includes reviewing, synthesizing, and presenting relevant literature, articles, and other written materials; preparing and analyzing quantitative datasets from primary and secondary sources and operating economic and/or financial models; and overseeing literature reviews and preparation of annotated bibliographies. Work on multiple projects across multiple issue areas as needed, with a focus on EAP’s Modernizing Energy Access Finance work stream and Powering Productivity and Healthy Communities work stream.  
  • Based on independent and collaborative research and data analysis, prepare drafts for internal and external reports, publications, articles, policy memos and briefs.
  • Communicate understanding of scientific, technical, and policy-based approaches to the Institute'starget audiences through written and oral presentations.
  • Contribute to strategic implementation of EAP goals, including developing and managing projects and stakeholder groups, organizing and leading meetings to develop and implement work stream strategies, identifying opportunities to engage externally to leverage prior work and achieve impact, and helping build collaborations with partners inside 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 applied, practitioner-focused narratives.
  • Coordinate and manage relationships with key EAP partners, including the SETI network, EAP Affiliates, private companies, and NGOs. Manage project logistics as needed.

Required Qualifications at this Level

Work requires a bachelor’s degree and four years of experience related to the position. A Master’s or higher degree in energy, environment, international development, economics, policy, or other relevant field may offset some required years of experience.  

Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • 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 with a high attention to detail in a fast–paced environment
  • Relevant experience in international development or energy/environmental 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

To Apply

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Assistant Editor

 

About 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.

About the Newly Merged Institute

Duke University is heightening its commitment to accelerate sustainable and equitable solutions to the climate crisis and develop a new generation of climate-literate thought leaders. An ambitious university-wide strategy will build on decades of successful energy and environmental research, education, and external engagement efforts. As part of this endeavor, the university is merging two of its signature interdisciplinary units: the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke University Energy Initiative. Working closely with Duke University schools and other units, the newly merged institute will advance the university’s climate strategy by developing transformative educational experiences; galvanizing and conducting impactful research; and engaging with decision makers at the global, national, state, and local levels.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the newly merged institute. We believe that the educational environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to learn. Applicants with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Occupational Summary

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Duke University Energy Initiative are seeking an Assistant Editor to work with the newly merged institute’s communication team to provide editorial and design support for organizational publications and products, including but not limited to research reports, working papers, policy briefs, and presentations. This role is responsible for ensuring not only the quality of organizational publications, products, and marketing materials, but also that these items accurately reflect the newly merged institute’s mission.

Work Performed

  • Coordinates all aspects of publication production. This includes editing, formatting, document layout in Adobe InDesign, and streamlining figures, tables, and graphs for our suite of publication types.
  • Reads copy to detect errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax. Improves publications’ readability by offering comments and edits that streamline copy. Ensures changes are in line with the Duke University and newly merged institute style guides.
  • Manages the flow of incoming products for editing and publishing by prioritizing editing and layout based on their timeliness, pending grant deadlines, marketing needs, and other circumstances. Coordinates these deadlines with content creators at Duke and partner organizations, communication colleagues, and printers.
  • Develops concise descriptions for organizational products for use on the newly merged institute’s website and in other contexts.
  • Loads finished organizational products to the newly merged institute’s website and (when appropriate) DukeSpace, following appropriate metadata, tagging, and posting procedures.
  • Writes social media posts for organizational products, gains creators’ approval, and coordinates with communication colleagues to schedule them to post on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
  • Works with members of the communication team to develop and regularly update the newly merged institute’s style guide, identifying and discussing new inconsistencies as they arise.
  • Contributes to communications activities in ways that reflect and support the Institute’s commitment to diversity and cultural competence as integral components of academic and organizational excellence.
  • Handles requests to reproduce copyrighted research publications, figures, and tables. Ensures these requests are tracked and content is attributed properly by those parties making reprint requests.
  • When needed, helps to edit grant proposals, journal articles, marketing materials, presentations, and other external documents in regard to form and content. Rewrites and edits copy and visual elements to improve readability and ensure it is logically structured and accurate.  
  • Helps to maintain the newly merged institute’s image database and assists with the selection and cropping of photos as needed.
  • Contributes to other writing, editing, design, and communications projects as needed.

Education/Experience

Work requires communication, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired though completion of a bachelor’s degree in English, mass communications, graphic design or a related discipline. A minimum of two or more years of editorial production experience is strongly preferred. Familiarity with environmental policy issues is a plus.  

Skills Desired

  • Proficiency with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop or industry-equivalent
  • Demonstrated editorial and graphic design skills
  • Project management skills
  • Knowledge of document publishing processes
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Chicago and AP Style rules
  • Familiarity with content management systems such as Drupal and WordPress
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to work independently and with peers
     

To Apply

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External applicants: https://careers.duke.edu/job/Durham-ASSISTANT-EDITOR-NC-27710/859836900/


Financial Project Planner II, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Duke University Energy Initiative (Newly Merged Institute, "NMI")

 

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.

The Newly Merged Institute ("NMI")

Duke University is heightening its commitment to accelerate sustainable and equitable solutions to the climate crisis and develop a new generation of climate-literate thought leaders. An ambitious university-wide strategy will build on decades of successful energy and environmental research, education, and external engagement efforts. As part of this endeavor, the university is merging two of its signature interdisciplinary units: the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke University Energy Initiative. Working closely with Duke University schools and other units, the newly merged institute (NMI) will advance the university’s climate strategy by developing transformative educational experiences; galvanizing and conducting impactful research; and engaging with decision makers at the global, national, state, and local levels.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core values of the newly merged institute. We believe that the educational environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to learn. Applicants with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Occupational Summary

Coordinate and/or perform pre-award and post-award activities for the NMI’s diverse research portfolio of grants, contracts, and gift funding. Develop and manage a variety of project and collaboration opportunities supported by a range of funder types (e.g., government, industry, foundations, and gifts). Working with research program and development colleagues, facilitate collaborative development of proposals including budget and pricing development, proposal writing, contract negotiations, model development, and involvement in preparation of funder presentations. Apply knowledge of project, portfolio, and financial management practices and tools; technical and interpersonal skills; and capability for critical and strategic thought to build and manage financial and resourcing spreadsheets – tracking current and projected revenues, expenses and distribution of personnel in support of the Institute’s operations.

Work Performed

Business/Proposal Development

  • Formulate proposals in collaboration with development colleagues, researchers and leadership, collaborators within NMI and across Duke University, and a variety of external partners.
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with potential funders to establish the requirements for each proposal opportunity; communicate funder and internal Duke requirements for proposal review and submissions to relevant parties and provide guidance to project teams and partners in designing proposal approaches.
  • Coordinate and align proposal efforts to ensure required components are completed accurately and according to required timelines for review and submission. Draft select components. Ensure accuracy of budget development based on anticipated labor and non-labor costs, ensure consistency in budget justifications and related documents.
  • Facilitate communications and interactions among internal and external parties; proactively monitor progress and troubleshoot challenges. Work in concert with internal groups including project teams, development officers, financial management groups, the Campus Grants Management Team (CGMT), and ORS/ORA to follow the development of an opportunity from identification through contracting.
  • Track and report on the status of all proposal components. Establish and maintain internal and external relationships to proactively anticipate and resolve potential problems.
  • Package and present proposals to sponsoring entities. Ensure that complete proposals are received by funders in a timely manner.
  • Communicate the outcome of negotiations/proposals to relevant internal and external parties, focusing on conveying the expectations set forth for each group.
  • Collaborate with project teams and other involved parties in budget and proposal revisions to accommodate changes in funding level, timeline, and/or scope of work.
  • Coordinate development of tools, templates, and processes to streamline proposal consistency and efficiency. Evaluate the success of proposals and accuracy of budgeting over time to improve future proposal development and refine tools.
  • Research and identify potential funding opportunities where appropriate.

Financial and Project/Portfolio Management

  • Personally perform or collaborate in managing financial reporting and post-award activities for a diverse project portfolio that includes grant, contract, and gift funding.
  • Engage in post-award activities in collaboration with project teams and internal groups (e.g., CGMT, ORA/ORS) as warranted to reconcile and manage project budgets, including determination of allocability and allowability of charges; preparing and analyzing budget reports, and developing budget projections; adjusting and correcting project budgets to meet project goals and federal or external partner requirements.
  • Understand and appropriately follow specific restrictions and/or requirements as per the terms of each project funding stream.
  • Oversee management of project budget, reporting, and compliance timelines in collaboration with internal and external parties.
  • Provide assistance and coordination in strategic management of effort for the Institute’s project portfolio and personnel. Contribute to assessment of hiring needs based on workload projections.
  • Aid in the implementation of standard project management processes, tools and methodology by contributing to the development and maintenance of standard processes and standard project templates, tools, and guidelines. Seek to apply best practices by working with colleagues in operations, business management and grant management.
  • Provide guidance to project teams regarding regulatory and compliance considerations during proposal submission and project performance. Consult with internal liaisons as necessary.
  • Coordinate with appropriate internal and external entities to establish vendor, consultant, and subaward agreements/relationships.
  • Serve as a partner with project teams to proactively identify impacts from changes in work scope or timing and ensure appropriate planning measures are taken with internal and external clients to reassess, renegotiate and amend scope of work responsibilities, proposals, contracts, and budgets.
  • Act as liaison between all parties concerned to address proposed modifications to project scope, schedule, or budget and influence to minimize changes.
  • Generate regular and/or ad hoc reports assessing a variety of aspects of the Institute’s project- and portfolio-level financial and operational status. Contribute to the development of business plans, strategic plans, foundation reports, and various other Institute-level reporting needs.
  • Participate in activities needed to support the management functions of the Institute.

Preferences

  • Progressively responsible professional experience in business development, project/portfolio management, and grants and contract administration.
  • Successful completion of, or ability to obtain, Research Administration Academy (RAA) and Advanced Grants Management certification.
  • Pre- and post-award proposal, grant, and contract management, including appropriate application of federal and Duke University rules, requirements, and regulations. Ability to understand and manage complex effort scenarios that include varied appointment types.
  • Demonstrated skill in analyzing data, formulating conclusions, and partnering with leadership in recommending courses of action.
  • Understanding and expertise in relevant topic areas including health system and/or clinical trial data operations, management of clinical trials, and health services research.
  • Ability to think critically, strategically, and communicate effectively across a wide range of audience types.

Experience and demonstrated skill in:

  • Using Excel, Smart Sheet or Power BI.
  • Development of complex funding proposals across a range of sponsor types, including government agencies, industry, and foundations.
  • Pre- and post-award proposal, grant, and contract management, including appropriate application of federal and Duke University rules, requirements, and regulations. Ability to understand and manage complex effort scenarios that include varied appointment types.
  • Academic setting effort and financial management, financial analysis and projections, subcontract and vendor management, sponsor reporting.
  • Business development, to include identification of opportunities and partnering with researchers to cultivate proposals from concept to execution.
  • Budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting.
  • Financial, resource, and operations management.
  • Stakeholder engagement, strategic communications, and convening.

Minimum Qualifications

Education
Bachelor's degree. Additional training in Project Management coursework or certification in Project Management is desired.

Experience
Four years of progressively responsible experience in project OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE management, including complex projects involving multiple functional groups. Financial management reporting, complex summaries and detail experience preferred.

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Post-doctoral Associate, Data Science + Energy

 

Occupational Summary

The Duke Masters in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS) Program (mids.duke.edu) together with the newly merged Duke University Energy Initiative (energy.duke.edu) and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions (https://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/) are seeking a Postdoctoral Associate who (1) will make significant contributions to the research agenda of the Energy Initiative/Nicholas Institute (2) will work to mentor, train, and educate MIDS students. The home department for the associate will be the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Research in the Energy Initiative/Nicholas Institute relevant to this position is focused on advancing accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy systems. Specifically, the individual will work in the Energy Data Analytics Lab, which develops and applies advanced data analytics tools to transform diverse energy data into insights that lead to energy system performance improvements. The nexus of energy systems, climate change, and societal impacts presents an interconnected web forming a wicked problem; the Energy Data Analytics Lab seeks to increase the benefits of energy systems to society, decrease the associated climate risks, and increase the equity of both benefits and costs across society—nationally and globally.

The mission of the Energy Data Analytics Lab is to aid these efforts in three ways: by developing (a) objective evidence (data), (b) tools for gathering those data at scale, and (c) analytic tools for enabling effective decision-making and data literacy.

The Lab will advance both the technological and application innovations required to bring about a more sustainable future through our energy system planning and operations. In that process the Lab engages MIDS students in that research.

Education in the MIDS Program culminates in a year-long intensive capstone project, in which teams of MIDS students make substantial contributions to real, complex projects between non-academic partners and Duke researchers who have interests and domain expertise aligned with partners’ goals. Capstones include research projects both with a variety of industrial partners and with the Energy Initiative and partners of the Energy Initiative. A major goal for the capstones is to help transform the students from technical experts to proactive researchers who are capable of designing, refining, and executing research agendas and also who are able to clearly communicate and disseminate their findings.

The educational component of this position involves (a) facilitating and designing these capstone projects, (b) providing mentorship to some of the MIDS students, and (c) helping train the MIDS students to become proficient and proactive researchers.

There is overlap between the research and educational components of these positions. Individuals will have opportunities to create capstone projects related to their interest and research. Individuals will also assist with existing capstone projects that serve to advance the research of the Energy Initiative/Nicholas Institute. Finally, individuals will have an opportunity to recruit and interface with industrial partners, government agencies, NGOs, and more to help generate, refine, and resource problems and projects that are of direct value to these agencies. Although there will be some harmony between the research and education efforts, work will be divided up about equally between these two components.

Work Performed

Research Activities: The individual will conduct research on signature projects of the Energy Data Analytics Lab. One such project will investigate how remotely sensed data (satellite imagery, drone imagery, lights at night data, etc.) can be analyzed to produce valuable insights about energy systems, resources, and their societal impacts. The individual will explore the productive applications of existing machine learning techniques to facilitate assessment of infrastructure such as solar photovoltaics, power plants, transmission networks, buildings, and their associated energy consumption/generation; they will identify regions of the world with limited access to electricity to develop pathways towards electrification; etc. They will develop and evaluate new machine learning methodologies for extracting insights from remotely sensed data such as novel deep learning architectures, self-supervised learning and foundation models, etc.

From the above work, the individual will produce written research reports including journal publications; disseminate research through oral presentations including conference presentations and workshops and help to organize relevant research workshops hosted by Duke and its partners. They will design and publish web-based media such as interactive data visualizations, geospatial data visualizations, and the websites on which they reside. They will manage GPU servers and associated data repositories. They will develop novel machine learning training datasets especially remotely sensed satellite, aerial, and drone imagery.

In addition, they will participate in additional research projects as needed. Past examples include investigating the integration of intermittent resources into the grid using statistical modeling and data analysis techniques; automated building energy assessment through non-intrusive load monitoring (the disaggregation of whole-building energy consumption into appliance-level information).

Educational and Outreach Activities Capstone Mentorship: The individual will mentor teams of data science master’s students as they work on their year long Capstone projects. These projects pair student teams with external partners to generate insights and recommendations unique to the partner’s needs. Mentors must be able to regularly meet with the students to provide guidance, track progress, provide written feedback on papers, and resolve potential personal conflicts between team members and partners. Mentors will need to occasionally meet with project stakeholders to help students interpret and understand stakeholder needs. Mentors will report to the program director and will keep them updated with student progress. Good communication and project management skills are required. Instructor for Elective Course. The individual will design and teach an elective course. This course will either be a 1.5 credit (half-credit) course taught by the individual or a co-taught 3 credit (full-credit) course jointly taught by the individual and a collaborator. This course will be offered as an elective in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and cross-listed in the MIDS program and will be relevant to the individual’s expertise and instructional needs of the MIDS and Electrical and Computer Engineering program. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, geospatial data science and machine learning, applied computer vision, and advanced data visualization.

The individual will also assist with the broader activities of the Energy Initiative/Nicholas Institute, as needed, including developing public-facing blog posts; assisting with the development and implementation of educational modules for classroom and laboratory use relevant to ongoing research and/or MIDS educational priorities; student mentoring with MIDS students as well as Data+ and Bass Connections student research programs; and other duties as assigned. In addition, the individual will assist in recruiting partners and developing projects for each following year’s capstone projects.

Required Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

  • Proficiency in Python programming, with experience using standard data science packages such as Numpy, Matplotlib, Pandas, etc.
  • Conceptual understanding of core data science skills including supervised and unsupervised machine learning.
  • Data processing skills including data cleaning (handling missing or corrupt data), analysis, and interpretation; managing and handling large datasets.
  • Ability to mentor and guide students in research projects
  • Ability to relate with stakeholders in recruiting projects and managing student-stakeholder relationships.
  • Strong writing skills, as demonstrated by the ability to clearly describe statistical models and data-oriented research results.
  • Polished verbal communication skills in presenting to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about energy and climate systems infrastructure and impacts.

Desired Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

  • Experience working with geospatial data, especially raster data such as satellite imagery
  • Deep learning (subfield of machine learning) expertise (e.g. Pytorch), including experimental best practices for unbiased model performance evaluation, and experience running machine learning models on Graphics Processing Units (GPUs)
  • GPU server management including experience with the Linux operating system
  • Data visualization experience, especially with geospatial data and sharing those visualizations online.

Minimum Qualifications Education/Training

Work requires a Ph.D. degree in a relevant technical field including, but not limited to, engineering, computer science, statistics, economics, mathematics, or energy systems. Experience: Academic or professional experience with advanced data analysis and computer programming and experience mentoring or teaching required. Professional experience in applied data science is preferred.

OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE The intent of this job description is to provide a representative of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title. It shall not be construed as a declaration of all specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position, as employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Duke University 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.

Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application.

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters (to be submitted online by the reference writers at the site above)
  • And anything else requested in the position description.


Further Info:
Dr. Kyle Bradbury (kyle.bradbury@duke.edu)
(919) 613-2411
Duke University
Box 90291
Durham, NC 27708

Mailing Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708

919-613-1305 

Jun
02
Location: Virtual | Registration Required
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm