Johns Hopkins University Research Assistant in Washington, District Of Columbia

Classified title: Research Assistant

Working title: Research Assistant - ERE

Role/Level/Range: ACRO/03/CD

Starting Salary Range: $15.78 to $21.69/per hour

Employee group: Casual-As Needed

Schedule (hours/days): M-F; 10 am to 2 pm

*Employee subgroup: * Non-Exempt

Department name: Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) Program

Personnel Area: SAIS

General Description

Founded in 1943 and a Johns Hopkins division since 1950, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins (SAIS) has been educating global leaders for more than 70 years. As a highly selective graduate institution with a distinguished faculty, SAIS consistently ranks as one of the top schools of international relations in the world. SAIS was founded to provide a practical approach to training students in international leadership and foreign relations, and to provide mid-career educational opportunities for those already working in related fields. Today, SAIS offers the MA, MIPP, MAIA, MAIS, MIEF, GPP, and Ph.D. degrees and enrolls 640 full-time students in Washington, D.C., primarily in the school's two-year Master of Arts program. Nearly 40 percent of the students are non-citizens coming from more than 70 countries. About 200 students attend SAIS Europe in Bologna, Italy, while about 180 students attend the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China. To learn more about SAIS, visit

Position Overview

In support of the Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) program, the Research Assistant (RA) will conduct literature review research to develop models and evaluate data on various ERE related topics such as the Water, Energy, Food Nexus and Climate Change. The assistant will help formulate an approach to answer questions of global interest.

The primary duties and responsibilities of the job:

The individual’s responsibilities will include — though are not limited to — Providing research assistance on various projects, including compiling literature reviews and contributing to grant proposals, as needed; editing and proof reading documents for internal use or external publication; interviewing journal authors for detailed information, when needed; drafting memos, and editing academic materials; working with faculty members to develop conceptual frameworks and multiple models to answer and examine various ERE queries. Additionally, the incumbent may be required to provide some administrative support, such as copying and scanning documents.

Please note: This position falls under casual status and the incumbent(s) will work up to 27 hours per week maximum. The scheduled start and end time may vary based on the needs of the department.

NOTE: This description is a general statement of required duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree required; some related experience. The candidate should be organized, self-motivated, and detail-oriented to conduct research, gather information and develop models related to energy, resource, and environment (ERE) topics. Background in environmental sciences, sustainable energy, or allied disciplines in related areas. The successful applicant should also have effective scientific/technical writing skills. Experience with systems thinking and modeling is helpful, but not required.