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Make the most of your communications savvy and learn more about energy activity across the university at the Duke University Energy Initiative, an interdisciplinary hub for energy education, research and engagement. For this assistantship, we prize commitment, communications skills, and curiosity over content knowledge. 

We seek a strong writer and researcher who is organized, detail-oriented, self-starting, and familiar with social media. Experience with design, photography, videography, and/or web content management is very helpful but not required.

What’ll you be doing? A little bit of everything. Sample tasks include: 

  • Identifying energy-related events, news and activities across Duke so that we can help to highlight them;
  • Taking photos and capturing quotes at energy-related events on campus;
  • Providing limited support to the Energy Week marketing committee;
  • Creating and posting content for EI’s communications channels (social media, newsletters, website, etc.);
  • Tagging and organizing images; 
  • Creating lists on Twitter;  
  • and completing a variety of marketing/communications projects that tap your particular strengths and meet our needs.   

Benefits? Opportunities to refine your skills, develop new ones, build your portfolio and resume, and get the inside scoop on all things energy at Duke. It’s never boring. You’ll meet people. It’s a fun office where you’ll find your contributions are appreciated and ideas welcomed. Oh, and it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll learn a few things about energy along the way.  

Interested? Please contact Braden Welborn ( with a resume and writing sample!

Position Summary
The Energy Data Analytics Lab Program Coordinator will help execute on the goals of Energy Data Analytics Lab projects as the team works to apply data science innovations to advance sustainable energy systems. The Program Coordinator will work closely with Duke faculty and staff as well as with external partners and stakeholders. The Program Coordinator will convene stakeholder meetings, liaise with internal and external stakeholders to build strong working relationships, track milestones, manage budgets, and prepare summary documents and coordinate the preparation of multi-authored reports and presentations.

Occupational Summary
The Duke University Energy Initiative ( is a university-wide interdisciplinary collaboration focused on advancing an accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy system. The Initiative reaches across business, engineering, environment, law, policy, and the arts and sciences to educate tomorrow’s energy innovators, develop new solutions through research, and improve energy decisions by engaging business and government leaders.

As a part of the Energy Initiative, the Energy Data Analytics Lab is developing and applying advanced data analytics tools to transform diverse energy data into insights that lead to energy system performance improvements. Improvements include increased reliability, resiliency, environmental sustainability, and productivity, along with reduced costs. The Lab is a hub of research, education, and engagement activity with thought leaders in the business and the policy world around energy data analytics, and will engage with a broad spectrum of experts and stakeholders to provide energy data-focused solutions to challenging problems in the energy space. At the highest level, the types of research questions this position investigates are divided into three main categories: (1) describing and assessing the status quo of energy systems and markets; (2) making predictions and forecasts for energy resources, markets, and human behavior and (3) developing prescriptive pathways for the future evolution of modern energy systems.

This position will report to the managing director of the Energy Data Analytics Lab and assist the Director, staff, and other faculty members on a range of data-intensive research projects and questions concerning energy and its interaction with the economy, environment and security.

Work Performed

  • Organize, plan, and execute workshops that include academic, industry, and nonprofit stakeholders in the area of energy data analytics.
  • Coordinate the logistics for meetings and connect and assist participants to provide a meaningful workshop, coordinate accommodations, transportation, business meetings, and catered events.
  • Act as a central point of contact for communicating with events staff, faculty members, and other participants.
  • Assist with the generation of workshop proceeding documents and capturing the outcomes of these meetings.
  • Attend meetings and conferences (internal and external, with occasional travel) relevant to the work of the Energy Initiative and represent the Energy Initiative at those events.

Project management

  • Tracking timelines and ensuring deliverables are provided promptly.
  • Working with members of the Energy Initiative team and external partners to coordinate high-quality documents for sharing with grant-making organizations and other stakeholders.
  • Assist with budget management and tracking for relevant projects.
  • Work with student assistants and part-time aids to deliver on research project objectives.

Research contributions and coordination

  • Assist in preparing grants for submission and working with grant managers, and coordinating with all grant participants.
  • Contribute to ongoing project research as needed including participating in team literature reviews and editing papers; synthesize information from multiple documents into summary form; organize and manage information collected from project researchers and stakeholders in spreadsheets, documents, and reference management tools.
  • Draft expositional and promotional documents and website content relevant to projects for a general audience.

Preferred Requirements

  • Applicant must be proficient in using fundamental computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Applicant must be comfortable using team collaboration software including Slack and Microsoft Teams. Experience with reference management software and managing web content is desirable.
  • Experience in planning, organizing, and coordinating events and related programs
  • Strong interpersonal skills for enthusiastic engagement with stakeholders
  • Skills in research program evaluation including summarizing findings, communicating results, and forming an implementation plan and monitoring strategy
  • Ability to work with Excel spreadsheets and reconcile expenditures for budget management
  • Ability to provide guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting standards and monitoring performance.
  • Skills using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions to problems.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, and coordination of people and resources.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein and generally in support of the Energy Initiative research program.

Sound like you? Apply here.
Requisition number 11348


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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Time: 10:00 am to 11:15 am