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Transportation Program Senior Research Analyst

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Are you a highly motivated, detail-oriented team player with a commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector? The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading national research organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a senior research analyst to contribute to our research and advocacy efforts on vehicle efficiency policies.

About ACEEE:

ACEEE conducts independent analysis and develops transformative polices to build a vibrant and equitable economy that uses energy more productively, protects the environment, and promotes the health, safety, and well-being of everyone.

ACEEE's organizational culture is collaborative and team-oriented with a strong commitment to its mission. Staff work at an energetic pace within a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment with opportunities for professional growth and development. There is a high degree of workplace flexibility, with an emphasis on results, making ACEEE an enjoyable and fulfilling place to work. ACEEE is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion while weaving equity into our research and policy work.

Position Description:

The Transportation Senior Research Analyst will advance ACEEE's technical research and advocacy efforts on vehicle efficiency standards at the federal and state levels, working closely with external partners and stakeholders to shape ambitious federal fuel efficiency regulations for light- and heavy-duty vehicles. Additionally, this position will contribute to and potentially lead research on the energy and greenhouse gas impacts of efficient vehicle technologies and policies, with a particular focus on vehicle electrification. Efficient vehicles are a central strategy for ACEEE in achieving multiple benefits in the transportation sector, including emissions reductions, economic gains, and improved health and equity.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Researching advanced light- and heavy-duty vehicle technologies, including electrification and automation, to determine potential energy savings and environmental, economic, and equity impacts.
  • Modeling the benefits of implementing technologies and policies to improve vehicle efficiency; designing and advocating for such policies.
  • Analyzing trends in vehicle technology, purchasing behavior, and driving behavior.
  • Analyzing electric vehicle charging needs and impacts.
  • Playing a key role in ACEEE's research and advocacy strategy on improving heavy-duty fuel efficiency and leading the organization's efforts to provide input to the federal rulemaking process. Supporting and contributing to light-duty efficiency research and policy efforts.
  • Working with internal and external partners to identify vehicle-related policy priorities and areas of opportunity for ACEEE on research and policy advocacy.
  • Engaging policymakers, regulators, industry, and public interest groups in actions and forums to advance vehicle efficiency. Representing ACEEE externally to a variety of stakeholders and the media as a recognized expert.
  • Providing technical assistance to outside partners on a variety of vehicle-related topics.
  • Working across ACEEE programs on projects and products such as efficiency scorecards, working groups, and research/implementation on cross-cutting issues.

Job Qualifications


The position requires mastery of the technical and structural details of vehicle efficiency and electrification policies, particularly vehicle efficiency standards, in addition to an understanding of how to engage in coalitions and with a wide array of partners to achieve program and organization goals. Additional expectations are listed below.

  • Highly analytical and attentive to detail
  • Facility in constructing and using complex spreadsheet models
  • Knowledge of vehicle technology
  • Experience working on policy campaigns and with policy coalitions
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to simultaneously work on several ongoing tasks with competing deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Highly motivated, self-starter
  • Articulate and thoughtful
  • Teamwork oriented
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Required Education and Experience:

  • Master's degree, or bachelor's degree and 5 years of relevant experience; degree in natural or social sciences.
  • Background in vehicle technology and electrification policies, and demonstrated expertise related to transportation and environmental issues.
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and communications skills
  • Excellent organizational and project coordination skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a broad range of partners and stakeholders on policy issues.
  • Familiarity with vehicle emissions models (e.g., EPA's MOVES) and MATLAB or Python a plus.

Preferred start date: April 2022. The position is located in Washington, DC, or can be remote.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary range is $61,818 - $77,272; 403(b) retirement plan; transportation and bike-share benefits; three weeks of vacation in the first year and four weeks thereafter.

To apply: Use the link below to access the Paylocity Recruitment portal. We do not accept phone calls or emails about the position.

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ACEEE is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination with regard to race, sex, color, age, religion, creed, class, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability. ACEEE is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in its organization and encourages applicants with diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply.

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Institution Description

ACEEE conducts independent analysis and develops transformative polices to build a vibrant and equitable economy that uses energy more productively, protects the environment, and promotes the health, safety, and well-being of everyone.


Application Due Date: 2023-05-06
Job Start Date: 2023-04-01
Salary: $61818 - $77272
City: Remote or Washington
State/Province/Region: DC
Institution: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
Reports To: Director
Staff # Reporting to Position: 1
Reports In Office: Transportation Program

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