Posting: The Urban Energy Justice Lab

April 1, 2021

The Urban Energy Justice Lab in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan seeks a self-motivated and organized Research Coordinator (part-time, temporary with the potential for full-time temporary employment*) to help coordinate administrative aspects of lab projects related to research on residential energy and environmental equity and justice. The key responsibilities of the Research Coordinator will include working with community partners, clients and other university researchers; contacting study participants; data collection, processing, and management, and disbursing participant payments under direction of the principal investigator (PI), study team, and relevant leadership. The Research Coordinator will support the PI to facilitate Lab activities.

The Urban Energy Justice Lab was established in 2015 to study energy-related topics through a justice lens, primarily in an urban context. Our research focuses on the production and persistence of spatial, racial, and socioeconomic disparities in accessibility and affordability of energy services, technology, and programs. Learn more at

The person in this position would assist primarily with research activities for one (1) federally-funded grants – Reducing Barriers to Residential Energy Security through an Integrated Case-management, Data-driven, Community-based approach (4 years remaining) as well as other Urban Energy Justice Lab research projects.


The Research Coordinator will support various research-related activities that entail but are not limited to:

Coordinates day-to-day activities of research protocols, which include setting meetings and agendas, collaborating with community partners and other researchers, and screening, enrollment, and monitoring research participants.

Ensures accurate data collection, documentation, organization and safety of research participants.

Interviews, screens, and recruits participants for studies; explains process and procedures to educate participant regarding the research study.

Collects participant information; processes documents and enters information into a database.

Collects, processes, ships, and maintains paperwork for reimbursement and participant compensation

Maintains records and regulatory documents and records for research studies.

Retrieves and submits study results to appropriate party.

Maintains and organizes inventory of study supplies and equipment.

Assist with equipment preparation and transfer to data collection sites.

Support data checking and management process.

Assist research team members (undergraduate/graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and/or staff) on project(s)

Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

Education Required: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Public Policy/Administration, Political Science, Environmental Sciences, urban Planning, Public Health, Social Work, or a related field are preferred or the equivalent amount of relevant experience

Strong knowledge environmental, energy, and climate issues, especially related to justice, equity and policy

Experience Required: Three years of relevant experience.

Must be available weekday mornings and evening for data collection.

Must have reliable transportation.

Writing skills to effectively and clearly communicate research.

Work experience in a professional setting.

Fluent in Microsoft Office suite

Project management skills

Excellent organizational, interpersonal communication, and time management skills. Candidate must be comfortable interacting with people of all ages (e.g., school-age children, elementary students, adults) and from various backgrounds (e.g., race/ethnicity, education level, SES).

Must take initiative and demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and independently in a successful way.

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s degree

Scientific writing experience

Additional Information

This is a part-time, temporary position (with the potential for full-time temporary employment).

Start date is immediate and salary is commensurate with experience.

Physical Requirements:

Frequently communicating with individuals, routinely traveling to various locations on and off campus to conduct data collection and meetings, limited equipment moving up to 50 pounds

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

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