Full-Time Positions

RDCEP is currently hiring for the following position(s):

  1. Postdoctoral Scholar in Climate Impacts Research: 

Research Assistantships

RDCEP offers hourly research assistantships and internships for undergraduate, postbaccalaureate and graduate students as well as opportunities under the Federal Work Study Program. Applications from non-student casuals with strong qualifications will also be considered.

If you are interested in working at RDCEP, please complete the online application below. All applications for hourly positions are reviewed on a rolling basis. Once you have submitted your application, it will remain on file for about 6 months. When openings occur, we look at recent submissions and re-visit past submissions. If you have any questions regarding the application process contact us.

Click here to complete the RDCEP application for hourly positions.

We are currently looking for research assistants for the following projects:

1. Education Outreach:

  • Build “Smart Display” devices that connect to live data feeds and school energy data; work with CPS teachers to develop code and lesson plans to be used in high school and middle school classrooms.  Strong candidates will have a background in Python and/or Smart Devices, and an interest in teacher professional development. 

2. Energy Data Analysis and Visualization:

  • Analyzing Campus Energy Usage
  • Historical assessment of U.S. Electricity Usage
  • Inventory of investment in the U.S. fossil fuel energy infrastructure
  • Light emission and patterns of economic development

3. Economic and Policy Modeling:

  • Calculation of the Social Cost of Methane
  • Analysis of emissions intensity of economies over time (CO2/GDP) using historical data 
  • Endogenous technical change and carbon taxes (requires familiarity with Bellman equations and numerical optimization methods)

4. Climate impacts modeling:

  • Adaptation and Technological Change in Agriculture

5. Geoscience, statistics, geospatial data analysis, and climate modeling:

  • Assessment of climate variability
  • Analysis of future precipitation patterns using high-resolution precipitation data from model output and radar data
  • Carbon-cycle modeling
  • Climate model emulation

6. Computer science and web development

  • Methods and tools for geospatial data analysis of environmental and economic datasets (fast and efficient methods for large-scale data selection, re-gridding, aggregation, interpolation, etc.)  
  • Back-end development of online workflow platforms (FACE-IT) 
  • IFTTT or other systems for triggering and realtime monitoring (e.g. for drought monitoring and early warning system)
  •  Front-end web development: webtools, data dashboards, maps

7. Machine learning and Natural Language Processing for discovery and categorization of large environmental data sets


Teaching Assistantships

RDCEP is currently seeking an undergraduate student to fulfill our Fall Teaching Assistant position.  We have built a science demonstration kits library, which is a collection of science kits to be lent out to middle and high school teachers in the Chicago area. The TA is responsible for maintaining an inventory of these kits, maintaining the website, and the web-based checkout system. She/he will also get an opportunity to interact with students and teachers to demonstrate the hands-on demos, as well as develop their own kits if interested. 

Interested students please apply by April 30, 2016 by sending your CV to Radha Ramachandran. To learn more about the Energy Demo Lending Library, click here.

Summer Undergraduate Internships

Applications for Summer 2016 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) internships are due April 30, 2016. Email your CVs, along with the contact information of a faculty member or mentor who will provide reference, to Radha Ramachandran

To stay updated on our ongoing research projects, click here.  

High School Summer Scholars Internships

Applications for Summer 2016 Summer Scholars Internship are currently CLOSED. Applications for 2017 summer programs will be due by March, 2017. 

To learn more about the Summer Scholars program, click here.