Assistant Research Professional, Community
Arizona State University
Department: Global Futures Laboratory
Open Date: Mar 28, 2022
The Global Futures Laboratory (GFL) is seeking an
Assistant Research Professional, Community
Development to work with the Laboratory for Energy And
Power Solutions (LEAPS) (leaps.asu.edu) on executing
electrification feasibility assessment studies in the Pacific
Island region. The individual will assist with in-person field work
in remote island communities to assess levels of electricity access
and identify methods of electrification in consideration of social,
economic, technical, environmental, and policy factors. The
individual will work closely with partnering international
organizations and community members to develop strategies to
provide clean, affordable, reliable power through off-grid systems.
Working with colleagues in LEAPS, the individual be part of a team
to evaluate options for mini-grid ownership and operation, load
sizing, tariff structures, engineering designs, business models,
and environmental impact assessments.
This position is contingent on federal grant funding. Position
duration is expected for 9-12 months, with specific duration
decided upon through discussion with supervisor prior to hire.
§ Familiarize self on electricity access assessment methods and
high-level power system configurations through academic and
practitioner literature review.
§ Develop household and business surveys to assess electricity
demand, affordability, reliability, and other factors.
§ Develop organized travel schedule for field-work teams and
arrange accommodations and transportation with help from local
§ Assist administration of surveys, hold discussions with
community leaders, and observe social dynamics to determine best
practices for electrification project implementation.
§ Collect site specific power system information with direction
from electrical engineering colleagues.
§ Analyze survey data and other data sets via Excel to develop
electricity demand profiles and electricity revenue forecasts.
§ Use Excel based ASU business model tools to assess
electrification project cashflow model and financial success
§ Collaborate with larger team to integrate social perspective
through quantitative and qualitative data to electrification
§ Complete reports on community visit learnings relevant to
§ Complete reports on development impact of electrification
§ Interface with varied levels of administrators, faculty,
staff, and collaborators.
§ Other duties as assigned.
Position requires travel to Pacific Islands region for 5
months. Approximately one-third of travel will be in
capital cities to collaborate with project partners in an office
setting. Approximately two-thirds of travel will constitute field
work in remote island communities. Outside of travel, candidate can
work remotely from any location compatible to work with Phoenix,
U.S. and Auckland, New Zealand time zones. An office space can be
provided at the ASU Tempe or ASU Poly campuses if desired.
$55,000 - $65,000 annualized; depending on experience
Bachelor's degree + 3 years of experience
§ Experience working on community-based international
§ Experience administering household surveys and/or leading
focus group discussions.
§ Experience working internationally within unfamiliar cultures
and through language barriers.
§ Experience supporting technical and/or engineering projects
and communicating development concepts to technically oriented
§ Ability to manage and deliver multiple priorities within tight
time frames and deadlines.
§ Experience in managing multiple high-priority tasks in a
fast-paced environment, requiring considerable coordination and
§ Experience working with remote and international
teams/organizations; dealing with ambiguity, differing time zones,
and intercultural communications.
§ Ability to work independently.
§ Evidence of a collaborative style, combined with the ability
and desire to work in a team-based environment.
§ Evidence of effective and professional e-mail and phone
§ Evidence of verbal and written mastery of English language for
§ Ability to work with translators in communicating with
respondents who speak a foreign language.
§ Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft
The initial application deadline is April 30,
2022. Applications will continue to be reviewed weekly
thereafter until the positions are filled. To apply, candidates
will be asked to submit the following through their Interfolio
§ Cover letter outlining qualifications and experience
§ Curriculum Vitae, including links to authored publications
§ Name, phone number, address and e-mail address of three (3)
Apply here: https://apply.interfolio.com/104851