Research Analyst Transportation Electrification and Grid Issues, US Energy Program

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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11 days ago

This position will be based out of the WRI US office and in a state where WRI is registered. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is not able to sponsor work authorization for this position.


About the Program:

WRI’s U.S. Energy team focuses on decarbonization of the power and transportation sectors. We take public commitments as a starting point and push forward policies, projects and programs that accelerate and deliver equitable change on the ground. The U.S. Energy Program’s work addresses market barriers to the adoption of electric vehicles and clean energy solutions needed to transition to a low carbon electricity grid. We support WRI’s Electric School Bus Initiative, working with school districts and utilities to bring the benefits of clean transportation to children across the U.S. and exploring issues like how vehicle-grid integration could support uptake of e-buses while bringing resiliency benefits to the grid. We also identify best practices and scale solutions, working with utilities to implement new programs, rates and products to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles and clean energy. The team also supports resilient transportation electrification for city and corporate fleets, including through stakeholder engagement. We convene stakeholders to accelerate peer learning, information exchange, and effective implementation pathways. Finally, our team undertakes primary research on transportation electrification and clean energy technologies to identify barriers to deployment, articulate successes and identify policies or programs needed to accelerate adoption of these technologies across diverse communities, while supporting a reliable and resilient grid. This research includes identifying barriers to equitable and expanded electric vehicle adoption, integrating clean energy technologies on the grid, deploying solutions that aid in grid resiliency and developing new financing mechanisms for vehicle electrification and clean energy solutions. WRI is integrating equity and social justice concerns into all of its work supporting the clean energy transition to ensure it benefits all. Electric School Bus Initiative | World Resources Institute (wri.org) Clean Energy Work in the United States | World Resources Institute (wri.org) This position is remote due to Covid-19 and can remain remote once restrictions are lifted.



What you will do:

In this role, you will support research on equitable transportation electrification and utility and grid-related issues associated with electrification, particularly related to electric school buses. You will strengthen the organization’s knowledge of best practices in charging infrastructure deployment, utility program design, utility electric vehicle rate structures, vehicle-grid integration programs, and use of electric vehicles for grid resilience. You will also provide the Electric School Bus Initiative and US Energy team with an understanding of the associated technical, economic, equity and regulatory issues associated with these topics. You will provide support to activities such as research writing, organizing workshops and webinars through engagement with other experts within and outside WRI. You will also support school districts and other stakeholders seeking to electrify school buses.


Research and Analysis (50%)

Conduct research and analysis on topics related to electric vehicle charging infrastructure, fleet electrification, utility electric vehicle rate structures, vehicle-grid integration programs, energy equity and use of electric vehicles for grid resilience.

Work with colleagues, communities and other stakeholders to assess, avoid and/or address disproportionate impacts of programs and policies.

Research and track topics including the policy landscape of electric vehicles, renewable energy integration, regulatory issues associated with vehicle electrification and energy storage systems.

Author, review and contribute to the development of publications, articles and analytical tools.

Provide technical assistance to stakeholders adopting electric vehicles, in conjunction with support from the team’s senior staff.

Liaise with energy, transportation and planning experts internally and externally on research deliverables.

Help support tool and database management, as needed, including data collection and tracking.


Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement (30%)

Organize external events, workshops, conferences and other project dissemination or capacity-building activities.

Represent the Electric School Bus Initiative and US Energy program in internal and external communications and meetings related to research engagements and other inquiries.

Promote equity in electric vehicle deployment and have commitment to equity

Support project coordination with external research partners and assist with other projects and activities as needed.

Project Management Support (20%)

Support project management duties, including workplans, subcontracts, and task management.

Coordinate work with other teams in the Electric School Bus Initiative and in the US Energy program.

Support implementation of subcontracts and work with partners.



What you will need:

Education: Bachelor's degree with two years of additional relevant work experience, with at least one year working on topics related to transportation electrification preferred. Alternatively, a Master’s degree in economics, transportation studies, urban/city planning, sustainable energy, engineering/ data analytics or a related field can be substituted for two years of experience.
Experience: Past experience conducting research, writing, editing and oral communication skills. Academic or professional experience conducting qualitative and quantitative analyses.
Languages: Verbal and written proficiency in English.
Requirements: Must have existing U.S. work authorization. WRI is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this opportunity right now.



Potential Salary:

$46,000-$60,000 Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.


How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume by August 9, 2022. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

What we offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US.
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities.
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work.
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI.
  • Long-term commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours.
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure.

About Us: Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.


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