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Postdoctoral Researcher for Social Science Analysis in Transportation

💼 Graduate Job


🤑 $73.2K - $120.8K

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  • You, as a recent PhD graduate, must excel in project management, conduct qualitative research, analyze data, write literature reviews, and collaborate effectively in a transportation research setting.
  • You will support the development of social science capabilities for equitable clean energy research, engaging with communities, conducting qualitative interviews, analyzing data, and communicating findings with diverse stakeholders. Familiarity with urban design and Spanish fluency preferred.

Graduate Job

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  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our ten employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.
  • NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.


  • Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.* Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
  • Additional Required Qualifications:
  • Responsible for project management, project planning and project execution, including goal setting and evaluation
  • Designs, conducts and documents discussions, meetings, interviews, and focus groups
  • Helps identify metrics and develop methodologies for the metrics
  • Supports with design of survey questions and coordination with survey company
  • Engages in community mapping of key Environmental Justice concerns with stakeholders
  • Analyzes data from the qualitative research components (meetings, surveys, etc.)
  • Writes literature review(s)
  • Develops feedback loop methodology
  • Analyzes qualitative data for the technical memos
  • Works well within a highly collaborative environment

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • As the only national laboratory solely dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy research, NREL focuses on creative answers to today's energy challenges. To help us answer the challenge, we are seeking a proactive postdoctoral researcher to support the development of social science capabilities for the laboratory focused on more equitable clean energy research and deployment. Specifically, the successful candidate will support the design and evaluation of strategies and pathways to achieve just energy outcomes. The strategies will provide details on the suite of policy, regulatory, and programmatic actions that can enable more equitable energy outcomes, with a more just distribution of costs and/or benefits.
  • A successful candidate will have experience and demonstrated success in community engagement, applied ethnographic methods, participatory planning methods, urban infrastructure projects, be proactive by nature, laser focused on details, and work well in multidisciplinary diverse teams. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to conduct and analyze qualitative interviews as well as translate qualitative data into quantitative inputs and actionable findings and metrics. This person will demonstrate an ability to communicate well with a diverse range of stakeholders (i.e., local communities, environmental justice groups, government authorities). The successful candidate will be fluent in English and Spanish. The candidate will also be well versed in project management and stakeholder engagement. Some familiarity with urban design software tools and community mapping methodologies is preferred.


Work type

Full time

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73200 - 120800 USD