Research Analyst I - Conveners’ Network

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 Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability

The Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke University accelerates solutions to critical energy and environmental challenges, advancing a more just, resilient, and sustainable world. The Nicholas Institute conducts and supports actionable research and undertakes sustained engagement with policymakers, businesses, and communities—in addition to delivering transformative educational experiences to empower future leaders. The Nicholas Institute’s work is aligned with the Duke Climate Commitment, which unites the university’s education, research, operations, and external engagement missions to address the climate crisis.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the Nicholas Institute. We believe that the educational environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to learn. Qualified individuals with underrepresented identities or underrepresented back grounds-including those who had non-traditional career paths, taken time off for personal reasons, or achieved excellence in careers outside academia are encouraged to apply. Applicants with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Occupational Summary

This term-limited position plays an active role in conducting specialized research activities, in planning and operations, and in providing expertise for the institute’s efforts as part of the Conveners’ Network, with particular focus on the Network’s efforts to work with states on the deployment of resources from the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and to work on the implementation of the EPA’s regulations of greenhouse gases from the power sector. This position will report to Senior Fellow Tim Profeta.

Work Performed

  • Work with supervisors, faculty, and other research personnel in conducting policy research by reviewing, synthesizing, and analyzing policy and science related to deep decarbonization and electrification. Conduct literature reviews and prepare detailed, annotated bibliographies. Draft responses to requests for information from partners and member companies.
  • Based on independent and collaborative research, prepare drafts for internal and external reports, publications, and policy memos and briefs.
  • Communicate understanding of scientific, technical, and policy-based approaches to the EP USA and Conveners’ Network audiences through written and oral presentations.
  • Collaborate with supervisors in developing plans for research projects and to discuss the interpretation of results and preparation of publications. Assist other team members in research project management.
  • Work with senior researchers and stakeholders to plan, execute and conduct on-and off-campus activities (such as meetings, workshops, conferences, and events) related to engagement with university faculty, member companies, and external stakeholders and policymakers.
  • Depending on expertise, participate in the operation of economic or technical models or tools.
  • Oversee and manage the training and work of research assistants and interns. Identify new opportunities to involve Duke students in the projects.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent team-building, organizational, problem-solving, and interpersonal or cross-cultural communication skills
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting data
  • Experience building clear, attractive visualizations and graphics
  • Ability to set priorities among multiple tasks
  • Experience building and maintaining relationships in projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and accurately with a high attention to detail in a fast-paced environment
  • Relevant work experience in law, decarbonization policy or technology, or business
  • Demonstrated ability to summarize research and conduct investigations or literature reviews
  • Willingness and ability to travel as needed

Education/Training Requirements

Work requires a bachelor's degree in a field related to the specific position.

Preferred Experience

Work requires two years of experience in research, policy /data analysis or related position. A master's or higher degree in policy, law, or business, or other relevant field may offset required years of experience on a 1:1 basis, e.g. a two-year master's degree in lieu of two years of experience.

Minimum Qualifications


Work requires a bachelor's degree in a field related to the specific position.


Work requires two years of experience in research/data analysis or OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE related position.

To Apply

Apply via / requisition #241541.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. 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.

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