The Environmental Frontiers Initiative, housed in the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, seeks a Graduate Student Project Lead to oversee research efforts under EFCampus, which brings together students, faculty and the UChicago Office of Sustainability Planning to conduct research that advances sustainability practices on campus. EFCampus had its inaugural projects in the 2020-2021 academic year, analyzing utility data for labs, LEED buildings and water consumption and building evidence in support of targeted conservation measures. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in bridging sustainability research and operational planning, and includes direct access to the University’s sustainability efforts and institutional leads. The position will be approximately 5 hours/week beginning in Spring Quarter 2021, shifting to a full-time role for 10 weeks of Summer 2021. The role is paid $20/hour, and there is also potential to extend this role into the Fall/Winter quarters for interested students.
- Must be enrolled in a University of Chicago graduate degree program during Summer 2021.
- Preference for students with a demonstrated focus on environmental science, energy policy, sustainability research, conservation measures, or urban scholarship
- A minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience in conducting research projects, program management, sustainability planning, and/or engineering
- Experience working with senior leaders or executives in a complex environment preferred
- Exceptional time and project management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines
- Demonstrates the skill and willingness to take initiative and to proactively anticipate organizational needs
- Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and manage resources accordingly
- A working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with data visualization platforms like Tableau a plus.
- Significant experience in quantitative methods and/or computational analysis preferred
- Demonstrated ability to influence people to meet goals and deadlines, work collaboratively with senior leadership, scholars, student workers, and other stakeholders
About Environmental Frontiers
Environmental Frontiers focuses on issues at the intersection of environmental sustainability and urban development, enabling research and curricular opportunities that provide UChicago students a scientific and practical understanding of sustainable urban development. EFCampus is the campus-based component of Environmental Frontiers, enabling students to use campus data as a case study for understanding a path to a more sustainable future, on campus and beyond. EFCampus provides undergraduate students opportunities to advance research and applied projects that explore campus sustainability, with an eye toward transferable knowledge to inform strategies in neighborhoods and whole urban areas. Environmental Frontiers is a partnership between the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, the Program on the Global Environment (PGE), the Center for Robust Decision-making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP), and the Offices of Facilities Services and Campus Planning + Sustainability at the University of Chicago.
Applications are due by 11:59pm on April 11, 2021.
For questions, please contact Diana Petty, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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