Sustainable GW Research Assistant

Position Announcement

Sustainable GW is seeking a Research Assistant to help support three on-going research projects. The first effort seeks to provide reliable low-cost energy to Wards 7 and 8 in Washington DC. The second is to examine the response to the COVID-19 crisis in Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and Alaska. The third is to examine tourism in Alaska. 


Applicants should be graduate students or advanced undergrads registered at GW with interest and experience in community engagement or organizing. The candidate should be a self-starter, have strong writing and research skills, and feel comfortable engaging with a wide variety of people over email and phone. Since the position will look at a variety of issues from a variety of disciplinary approaches, there is no requirement for specific knowledge in advance on these topics, though it is a plus. Experience in sustainability, energy, tourism, and/or disaster response and preparedness is welcome but not required.

Position Characteristics

The job will run during the 2020-2021 academic year (approximately September 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021). The position is half time (20 hours/week) with a salary of $26,000 over the course of the academic year. The position will report jointly to the Office of Sustainability and the Sustainable GW research program, and will be remote until university guidance permits student staff to work from a university office setting. 


  • Assist the PIs and other contributors in preparing articles for publication in high-quality peer reviewed journals 
  • Help identify opportunities for engagement, and conduct outreach, to the Washington, DC community as it relates to the research projects (particularly the energy equity project) 
  • Schedule and coordinate all internal and external meetings between faculty and staff on the three research projects; take and distribute notes from these meetings 
  • Assist the PIs in identifying and preparing grant proposals for external funding from government funders and private foundations 
  • Assist the PIs in attracting media attention for this project and the related outputs. 

To Apply

To apply for the position, please send a cover letter and a resume to Kimberly Williams ([email protected]) by August 15, 2020. Please contact her for additional information and questions as well.