Positions with the Energy Initiative


Research Analyst

The Duke University Energy Initiative (DUEI) Research Analyst assists the Director, other faculty members, and staff from DUEI on a range of research projects concerning energy and its interaction with the economy, environment security, and public policy.

The Research Analyst will:

  • Assist the DUEI Director, other faculty members, and staff from the DUEI in conducting research for projects concerning energy and its interaction with the economy, environment, security, and public policies. Examples include: examination of how energy and environmental policies affect energy choices and how those choices affect the efficient operation of energy systems such as the electric power grid in developed and developing country settings; the design of energy markets to create more effective incentives for the adoption of new technologies and policy goals; assessment of energy efficiency behavior; analysis of financial incentives for energy technologies; energy data analysis including modeling, optimization, and visualization, and related research areas.
  • Review, synthesize, and analyze relevant energy, economic, and environmental policy and/or science. Where relevant, conduct literature reviews and prepare detailed, annotated bibliographies. Deliver findings to Director and/or other faculty through policy memos, briefs and bibliographies.
  • Communicate an understanding of scientific, technical, and policy-based approaches to the DUEI’s target audiences, including, where appropriate, drafting research results, papers and articles for publication in DUEI reports or peer- reviewed academic journals. Create static and interactive web-based visualizations for communicating findings to engage a wider audience.
  • Assist the Director and other faculty in research project management. Assist in the research and writing of grant proposals and Memorandums of Understanding to private foundations, corporate foundations and government funders. Assist the Directors in engagement with university faculty, external stakeholders, and policymakers.
  • Work with faculty and stakeholders to plan and conduct meetings, workshops, conferences, and events.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Familiarity with the technical, market, and/or policy aspects of the energy system and energy/environmental policy.  
  • Developed skills in data analysis, statistics and/or econometrics.
  • Management, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage conferences and workshops and to engage with university faculty, external stakeholders and policymakers.
  • Ability to conduct literature reviews, web searches and docket searches.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education/Training:  Work requires a bachelor’s or master's degree in economics, natural sciences, engineering, public policy, environment or a related field. Master’s degree preferred. Experience in economics or policy research required.
  • Experience:  Experience in research/data analysis required.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representation 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.

Application Process: All applicants must apply through the Duke Human Resources system at http://www.hr.duke.edu/jobs/ . This position's Requisition Number is 401440894.

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


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