Friday, November 20, 2015

Research Assistant Position Cross-Brookings Group on Energy and Climate Change for December or Recent Grad

The Research Assistant supports the Cross-Brookings Group on Energy and Climate Change and will assist the Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy in managing and coordinating activities of this group involving scholars from multiple research programs. The Research Assistant will provide project management assistance for relevant public events and private meetings, and will assist as necessary in researching and drafting publications on climate change issues. The scope of work will include international negotiations and climate change mitigation efforts, as well as the broader climate/energy/food/water/land nexus.
50% Research Support
  • Support Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy and other scholars working on climate change and energy, as necessary, in all aspects of policy research.
  • Collect data from various sources including the Internet, libraries, government sources, and personal contacts; read sources for relevancy to research themes; assembles unclassified government data, documents, and reports.
  • Update and check existing data and footnotes; provides fact-checking, editing, and proofreading of publications.
  • Compile bibliographies and chronologies; write briefing memos; prepare notes on meetings and conferences; create and maintain spreadsheets and databases.
50% Administrative Support and Project Management
  • Work closely with the Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy to coordinate research and activities on climate change across Brookings research programs.
  • Under direction of the Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy, coordinate and execute internal meetings of the group.
  • Prepare summary reports of these meetings and distribute to appropriate constituents.
  • Work with Brookings offices including conference services, communications, and other research programs to plan, coordinate, and execute private and public meetings and conferences.
  • Under guidance of the Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy, communicate with external stakeholders on activities and developments.
  • Work with Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy and Brookings Development officers to craft and submit funding proposals and reports.


Bachelor’s degree required; graduate coursework in international relations, political science, public policy, or hard sciences related to climate change preferred. Focus on climate change mitigation and international negotiations on climate change required. Must have at least one year of project management and/or research experience, a strong academic record, and proven outstanding writing skills. Complete fluency in written and oral English required; proficiency in another language preferred. Must be eligible to work for any employer in the U.S.
Demonstrated familiarity with domestic and international climate change issues, negotiations, and regimes required. Must have excellent organizational skills, strong research and analytical skills, ability to work independently and to prioritize accordingly. Knowledge of Microsoft (MS) Office Suite required (particularly with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Must be flexible, able to participate in several diverse projects at the same time, and a congenial, adaptable team player.
Apply here.