Research Support Specialist

Washington, Pennsylvania
Feb 05, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) is searching for staff members to contribute their talents to our campus community. W&J seeks to create a transformative learning experience for its increasingly diverse student body, and bolster an inclusive environment in which everyone’s voice is heard and appreciated, and individuality is celebrated. W&J is dedicated to the values of a liberal arts education that is both liberating and practical, and supports a community committed to multicultural and global understanding.

Research Support Specialist (Part-Time)

Center for Energy Policy and Management

The Research Support Specialist at the Center for Energy Policy and Management (CEPM) will work to augment and enhance the Center’s Shale Gas Knowledge Hub research initiatives. The Specialist will write extensively on issues related to shale gas development; produce original content for the Center’s website ( ; and work closely with the Center’s partners to author white papers on economic, environmental, and social impacts of shale gas development in the Commonwealth. The Specialist will have the assistance of 3-5 undergraduate student research fellows.  This position is 100 percent grant-funded.   

Job responsibilities include:

  • Performing advanced level technical and analytical work of a quantitative and qualitative nature in the areas of economics, environmental science, law, and public policy;
  • Serving as the lead on numerous research projects;
  • Providing analysis and research support for the staff affiliated with the Shale Gas Knowledge Hub initiative;
  • Planning, developing, designing, coordinating, reviewing, and analyzing complex research projects;
  • Updating, growing, and improving digital content for the Shale Gas Knowledge Hub’s website,

The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in economics, environmental science, statistics, sociology, political science, public policy, or a related field along with 1-2 years of experience in a research support role.

Applicants should email their resume and cover letter to Review of applications will begin immediately.  Official transcripts will be requested upon hire.

Employee Benefits

Washington & Jefferson College offers a comprehensive benefit package for benefit eligible employees; including health, vision, and dental coverage, group life insurance, AD&D and LTD coverage, retirement plan, generous leave time, and the tuition benefit programs. These benefits add significantly to the employee’s total compensation package.

Getting to Know W&J

Washington & Jefferson College is the best of both worlds: a small-town college setting in historic Washington, Pa., with easy access to the bustling business and cultural districts of nearby Pittsburgh, Pa. just 30 miles to the north. Founded in 1781, W&J College is a private, residential liberal arts college that is focused on student success. Our dedicated, experienced professors are passionate about teaching and work closely with our students to ensure that they receive a quality, comprehensive education. For more than 200 years, our alumni have influenced change in business, politics, medicine, and the arts and sciences as CEOs, lawyers, doctors, researchers, writers, teachers, and in many other equally worthy professions.

Celebrating Diversity

Washington & Jefferson College welcomes people of all backgrounds and beliefs who wish to participate in a diverse educational community. The College strives to be a place where all students, faculty, administrators and employees are able to live, study and work in an atmosphere free from bias and harassment. The College encourages civil debate and lively exchange of ideas in the belief that such exchanges promote understanding that will grow beyond simple tolerance of difference to embracing and celebrating the richness of diversity. Our graduates acquire knowledge and learn skills that help them thrive in a culturally diverse world.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, W&J College complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, gender identity, or national origin.

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