Research Specialist 3

Mar 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) is an interdisciplinary research and training institute focused on the economic and social consequences of energy policies. Established in June 2011, EPIC is a joint initiative of the Booth School of Business, The Harris School of Public Policy, the Law School, and the Social Sciences Division. EPIC strives to marry world-class research and data analysis with comprehensive outreach and engagement in order to translate knowledge into impact. The Research Specialist 3 will be part of an interdisciplinary, cross-institutional team working to answer these and other questions by quantifying the social cost of carbon emissions. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, all phases of the empirical research process, from data collection to rigorous econometric analyses leading to publishable studies. The Research Specialist 3 must be able to take on a leadership role in study design, execution, and communication.

Unit Job Summary: The Research Specialist 3 will report to EPIC's Director. He/she will, with limited direction, support the Center's social cost of carbon project in addition to a diverse range of other research projects as needed. Primary responsibilities include: conducting statistical data analysis and to modification of existing codes to provide robustness of test results. The Research Specialist ensures compliance with institutional, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates In addition to cleaning and analyzing data and programming, the Research Specialist 3 will contribute to: writing, proofreading and fact-checking academic papers, reports and presentations; conducting and writing literature reviews; and generating tables and graphs for academic papers, reports and presentations. He/she may supervise other research staff.

Unit Education: An advanced degree in a field of study relevant to the research being conducted is required, preferably in economics, energy economics, environmental science, or statistics.

Unit Experience: A minimum of two years of relevant research experience required.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to train others required. Advanced knowledge in relevant scientific field required. Advanced knowledge of research techniques or methods required. Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required. Knowledge of scientific applications and equipment required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Supervisory skills preferred. Lab management skills preferred.

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