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Research Analyst

Firm Name
Duke University
Firm Location
Durham, NC
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In the United States, water data have been collected by multiple federal, state, and local agencies for decades, yet we are still unable to answer fundamental questions about our water systems in a timely way: How much water is there? What is its quality? How is it used? Because the da ta have been collected by different agencies, for different purposes, at different scales, and are scattered across multiple platforms with different standards, they are rarely used beyond their original purpose. The Internet of Water (IoW) is a bold vision for how to improve water data infrastructure to fundamentally transform water management. “Internet of Water” describes a network of data producers, hubs, and users to facilitate the sharing and integration of federated open water data.

The IoW was established in2018 at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. The IoW plays the essential role of coordinating efforts among data hubs articulating a clear vision for policies and procedures to share data, demonstrating the value of integrating water data, and capturing that value to ensure the IoW is sustained over time. The IoW also provides technical and non-technic al resources for data producers and data hubs alike.

The Policy Associate will work directly with the IoW Executive Director, the Senior Policy Associate for Engagement and Outreach, other team members, and key external partners to support the needs of the IoW Project. This position will be housed at the Nicholas Institute in Durham, NC with the expectation that the individual must be able to travel on occasion. This position has an initial term-limit of one year with the potential for continuity based on the performance and sustainability of the project.

Work Performed:
Provide support for the IoW in developing plans for research by engaging frequently with stakeholders, data hubs and building coalitions to convey the message of the project and the value of water data as it pertains to each stakeholder and data hub constituent. Assist in providing oral and written presentations to relay project information to target audiences. Assist in pursuing opportunities for communication to external stakeholders.

Support independent and collaborative research to analyze and interpret water datain formation for use by decision makers and investors. Assist in publishing results internally, in peer reviewed academic journals, as appropriate, on the IoW website and externally via social media.

Support the IoW in coordinating and developing strategic communications, planning and disseminating of content of front-end web development skills and google analytics/user surveys to adapt, improve and optimize web communication. Assist in presenting and negotiating plans for cooperative or sponsored research projects.

Support the IoW’s research relating to the concerns and needs of stakeholders that contribute to the development and execution of communications, strategic actions and performance plans. Assist in manage projects and reporting to Duke offices charged with project monitoring, as well as to stakeholders regarding project progress, performance, completion, and impacts.

Support the IoW in developing data solutions for stakeholders, assisting in the development and implementation of data management tools using open templates, data models, schema, and data cleaning procedures that can be readily adopted by IoW participants to make their data discoverable, accessible, and interoperable.

Support the process of identify and creating opportunities for publicizing the IoW’s work, including informing external stakeholders about project progression. Assist in identifying and putting into place new opportunities for involving Duke students in Institute research and follow through with implementing means to ensure student involvement. Depending on expertise and specific duties assist in procuring, de signing, and operating technical models or tools in assigned program areas.

Support meetings, webinars, conferences, and events related to the IoW, working to directly engage faculty and stakeholders in the planning and execution of the events. Communicate understanding of scientific and policy-based approaches to the IoW’s target audiences through written and oral presentations.

Minimum Qualifications:

Work requires a bachelor’s degree in a field related to the specific position.

Work requires four years of experience in research/data analysis or OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE related position. A related master’s degree may offset required years of experience on a 1:1 basis, e.g. a two year master’s degree in lieu two years of experience.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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Job Category:
Design, Environmental Planning, Land Use
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