Research Analyst, Transportation Electrification and Grid Issues

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Summary:


In this role, you will support research on energy equity, utility and grid-related issues associated with transportation electrification, particularly related to the electrification of 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 a more advanced understanding of the associated technical, economic, equity and regulatory issues associated with these topics. You will work to expand and apply your expertise through activities such as research writing, organizing workshops and webinars and through engagement with other experts within and outside WRI. You will also support school districts and other stakeholders seeking to electrify school buses.

This position can be remote or be based at WRI’s office in Washington, DC once restrictions have been lifted.

Job Responsibilities:


Research and Analysis (60%)

  • 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

Outreach and Communication (20%)

  • 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
  • Collaborate and communicate with relevant team members across WRI’s programs and international offices
  • Support project coordination with external research partners and assist with other projects and activities as needed

Administrative (20%)

  • Support project management duties, including workplans, subcontracts, and task management
  • Help support tool and database management, as needed, including data collection and tracking
  • Perform other tasks as assigned at various external and internal functions and events

Job Qualifications:

  • 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
  • Excellent research, writing, editing and oral communication skills
  • Academic or professional experience conducting qualitative and quantitative analyses
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and work under tight deadlines
  • Detail-oriented, organized and independent thinker
  • Growth-oriented, willingness to learn and a commitment to applying skills and tools to center equity in all work activities
  • Must have existing U.S. work authorization
  • Fluency in English required

Potential Salary:

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

How to Apply:


Please submit a resume with cover letter. Resume and cover letter must be submitted in English to be considered. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview:


WRI’s Energy Program speeds the transition to a low-carbon, inclusive energy future by helping to build clean energy markets and change institutions. The U.S. Energy team focuses on decarbonization of the power and transportation sectors, working with schools, cities, large energy buyers and utilities. We take public commitments as a starting point and push forward policies, projects and programs that accelerate and deliver 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. 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 all 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.

WRI Overview:

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.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.

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.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years, and our operating budget is nearing $200 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of over 1,600 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.

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.