NIST PREP Opportunity in Social Equity & Environmental Justice

NIST Community Resilience

Research Assistant: Community Social Equity & Environmental Justice

The Community Resilience Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is looking for a research assistant to contribute to the ongoing project on “Development and Implementation of Community Resilience Planning Guide and Development of a First-Generation Community Resilience Assessment Methodology." The goal is to develop design methods and planning guidance to enhance the resilience of communities. The selected candidate will contribute to ongoing NIST investigations in enhancing community resilience.

The position will be hired through Morgan State University under NIST’s Professional Research Experience Program (https://www.nist.gov/iaao/academic-affairs-office/nist-professional-research-experience-program- prep). The candidate will primarily work with NIST Project leads, Christopher Clavin and Jarrod Loerzel, and Dr. Archana Sharma, as the lead mentor from Morgan State University, School of Architecture and Planning through Just Green Cities design and research initiative. The candidate should expect to interact and engage with additional experts from NIST and Morgan State University. The job requires regular meetings with primary leads from NIST and Morgan and occasional attendance of meetings at NIST, administrative and recording tasks.

Required qualifications:

  • A graduate student or a postdoctoral researcher from social sciences, architecture, planning, and interdisciplinary background or training, crossing over design, planning and policy.
  • Experience with formal academic writing such as literature reviews and case studies.
  • Familiarity with concepts of social equity and/or environmental justice.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with and under advisement of multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research team.
  • Willingness to undertake classes or training in research analytics such as in statistical software (SAS, SPSS, Stata, R, or similar software), geospatial analysis and the use of geospatial software (ArcGIS, QGIS, GRASS, or similar).
  • Flexibility to work remotely and different locations at Baltimore, MD or Gaithersburg, MD.

Desired qualifications:

  • Interdisciplinary background or training, crossing over design, planning and policy.
  • Professional experience in conducting assessments or community-scale planning processes related to social equity, social justice, or environmental justice.
  • Experience with community outreach, surveys, focus groups, participatory research.
  • Experience with statistical software (SAS, SPSS, Stata, R, or similar software), geospatial analysis and the use of geospatial software (ArcGIS, QGIS, GRASS, or similar).

Hours and salary:

  • 20 hours/week beginning through Fall 2021 – Fall 2022.
  • Stipend + tuition reimbursement (if graduate student), to be discussed at the time of interview.

Interested parties should submit a CV and cover letter explaining the fit with advertised position and personal motivations or intentions with the education received through this project, to Morgan Lead Dr. Archana Sharma (archana.sharma@morgan.edu) and NIST Project Lead Christopher Clavin (christopher.clavin@nist.gov).

Key dates:
Applications closing date: July 30, 2021
Applications review and interviews: Aug/Sep, 2021
Desired position start date: Sep/Oct, 2021