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Assistant Research Professional, Community Development

Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
$55,000.00 - $65,000.00
Posted Date
Mar 31, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Other Science & Technology
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Research Professional, Community Development

Arizona State University

Department: Global Futures Laboratory


Location: Remote

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) ( 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.


Essential Duties

§ 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 partners.

§ 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 indicators.

§ Collaborate with larger team to integrate social perspective through quantitative and qualitative data to electrification project planning.

§ Complete reports on community visit learnings relevant to electrification planning.

§ Complete reports on development impact of electrification project initiatives.

§ Interface with varied levels of administrators, faculty, staff, and collaborators.

§ Other duties as assigned.


Working Environment

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.


Salary Range

$55,000 - $65,000 annualized; depending on experience


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree + 3 years of experience


Desired Qualifications

§ Experience working on community-based international development projects.

§ 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 teams.

§ 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 follow through.

§ 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 communication.

§ Evidence of verbal and written mastery of English language for project reporting.

§ Ability to work with translators in communicating with respondents who speak a foreign language.

§ Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.


Application Instructions

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 Dossier:

§ Cover letter outlining qualifications and experience

§ Curriculum Vitae, including links to authored publications

§ Name, phone number, address and e-mail address of three (3) professional references


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