CGEP Departmental Research Assistant 

Open Application for Summer & Fall 2021

Center on Global Energy Policy Departmental Research Assistants (DRAs) are given a wide range of assignments to support the research and activities of this growing research department. Responsibilities may include conducting research under the direction of our Scholars, data analysis and visualization, generating and presenting research data, drafting written work for publication, providing operational support through coordination with other CGEP teams (including assisting researchers with public and private event planning), attending meetings and events, notetaking in private workshops, and other related tasks.


To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time in a Columbia University graduate program and hold valid work authorization. Undergraduate or part-time graduate students interested in working for CGEP research teams are eligible to apply for Casual Student Assistant and Research Administration Assistant positions.

Note: there are no restrictions on which year, program, or School a student is in; the only requirement is full-time enrollment in a graduate program. Incoming students are eligible to apply for Fall 2021. 

Ideal candidates should have experience with data analysis, data visualization, presentation preparation, and a strong interest in energy-related topic(s). Please note our work on Latin American Energy Policy requires fluency in Spanish (ability to read and write) and the US-China program requires Native or professional fluency in Mandarin Chinese. The Energy for Development program does not have specific language requirements, but knowledge of additional languages is helpful. 

Include a cover letter in your application explaining which areas of research and/or which CGEP scholars you would be interested in working with. Additionally, please select all areas you would like to be considered for in the "Research Area" section of this application. 

Hours and Compensation

Departmental Research Assistantships will be appointed for the Fall semester with an expected commitment of 15 hours per week and a salary of $6000 for the semester.


Please note these positions are not a part of the SIPA Assistantship Program run by the SIPA Office of Student Affairs. For information about the SIPA Assistantship Program please visit: 


All inquiries about this position should be directed to [email protected]

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer; applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.


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