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Research Fellow, Shifting Landscape



Title: Research Fellow, Shifting Landscape
Position Type: 1-year full-time fellowship
Location: Washington, DC

What we do and offer our team

AGU is home to more than 60,000 scientists from 139 countries. As the AGU Shifting Landscape Research Fellow, you will be part of a dynamic association of Earth and space scientists who advance research, collaborate across disciplines, and communicate the importance and impact of science to society. AGU offers our employees exciting opportunities through top-ranked scientific journals, scientific meetings and conferences, and other educational and scientific programs, to present and publish research, gain leadership experience, mentor, and freely exchange knowledge.

AGU’s Workplace Values

We believe in accountability and ownership of work, by taking responsibility for decisions and results. We believe in member and customer service, and that they come first through providing high quality service.

We believe in excellence and giving it our all, through striving to be outstanding. We believe in integrity by doing the right thing, we achieve this by being honest and fair.

Our teams believe that with teamwork together we achieve more, we achieve this through collaboration. We believe in respect, that you earn it and give it, by open communication and collaboration.

What the AGU Shifting Landscape Research Fellow does

The AGU Shifting Landscape Program seeks to strategically respond to societal forces affecting the Earth and space scientific enterprise, including working to elevate the profile of AGU’s sciences, educate policy makers and the media about the critical value to society of these sciences and engaging the scientific community to be more involved in such communication efforts. The Shifting Landscape Research Fellow will conduct research and carry out projects in conjunction with AGU’s policy and strategic communications teams to further these strategic efforts.

The Fellow will be responsible for conducting research and developing materials for two policy-related reports, as well as fact sheets, and supporting the policy and communications teams as needed. This is an ideal position for someone interested in science communication and science policy.

* Researches information from the government, academic and other institutions, including databases and other material, and analyzes the data in support of AGU’s policy and communication goals and objectives.
* Conducts research and develops materials for two key Earth and space science policy-related reports, at least one of which will be released publicly.
* Works with the AGU policy and communication staff to assist in the development of other products, such as factsheets.
* Engages with AGU members and partners to inform product deliverables.
* Develops engaging, informative, and consistent social media and editorial content associated with the research projects.
* Potentially develops an independent project within the strategic vision of AGU.
* Maintains ongoing familiarity with research sources relevant to AGU science policy work and develops reliable methodology for seeking material.
* Understands motivations of policymakers, media, and other audiences, and applies to appropriate research.
* Stays on top of ongoing projects, including but not limited to keeping track of sources, content, innovative research methods, etc.
* Other duties as assigned.

What the Shifting Landscape Research Fellow brings to the team

* PhD degree in a scientific field with 1+ years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Demonstrated research experience and ability to interpret scientific data and studies required. Demonstrated knowledge of Earth and space science desired.
* Previous experience in project management, including managing and driving multiple components of a larger project, is strongly desired.
* Demonstrated interest in science communication and/or science policy required. Experience in science writing for non-science audience is a plus.
* Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills. Solid editing skills a plus.
* Ability to project a professional demeanor while interacting with people having diverse backgrounds and professional levels.
* Demonstrated ability to work with multiple teams.
* Outstanding record of meeting deadlines and juggling multiple priorities with a high level of accuracy.
* Demonstrated initiative and sound judgment.
* Must be capable of exercising highest level of discretion on both internal and external confidential matters.
* Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

To Apply:

For consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume to

The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

AGU proudly offers a casual work environment, excellent compensation, generous work-life opportunities, and an outstanding benefits package.

AGU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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