Schatz Energy Research Center
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Open position at the Schatz Center: Research Assistant or Engineering Technician

We are currently seeking a Research Assistant or Engineering Technician to work on renewable energy systems and sustainable transportation, and assist with project implementation. The position is based at the Schatz Center in Arcata, California. A six-month commitment is required, to begin mid-spring 2019. Reappointment is desirable but contingent on funding, workload requirements, and performance.


$22.98-$24.13 per hour, depending on skills and experience. The position is full-time, benefited, and non-exempt (hourly). Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and life coverage. Retirement benefits become available after one year of service. This is not a state position.

Duties and responsibilities

The selected applicant will work on one or more of the following active research areas:

  • Renewable energy microgrids: Assist with microgrid and EV charging station design. Assist with evaluation of system benefits and business model. Construction observation.
  • Clean transportation: Data processing and analysis of electric vehicle load projections using R. Assist with optimization modeling to develop vehicle charging infrastructure. Review and apply equipment specifications. Contribute to translating analysis results to real world scenarios.
  • Bioenergy: Assess the quality of biomass and biochar products by conducting laboratory tests and physical assessments. Evaluate the market for biochar by designing and conducting interviews with biochar producers and consumers.


Minimum qualifications: eligible applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in an appropriate natural science, social science, engineering, or policy field; be computer literate and proficient in MS Word and Excel; be detail-oriented, and have very good writing and communication skills.

Desirable qualifications (note that applicants are not expected to have qualifications in all of the listed areas):

  • Experience and/or knowledge of renewable energy systems, technologies, and related policies.
  • Renewable energy microgrids: Knowledge of electricity fundamentals and distributed energy systems. Experience with engineering plan sets and CAD.
  • Clean transportation: Experience with model optimization techniques. Proficiency in data analysis and modeling in R, Python, MatLab, or similar languages, and GIS. Knowledge of concepts related to electricity fundamentals, utility rate structures, distributed energy resources, and demand response.
  • Bioenergy: Experience making measurements in a laboratory environment. Data analysis of experimental results. Survey or outreach experience with manufacturers. Statistical analysis of survey results.

Application procedure

Applicants should submit (i) a letter of application, (ii) a one-page resume, (iii) and a HSU SPF Employee Information Form for Applicants to the Schatz Center via email to The letter will be used in part to evaluate the quality of the applicant’s writing.

Equal opportunity

Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation (HSU SPF) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. More information about HSU SPF’s Equal Employment Opportunity hiring can be found here.

Additional questions and assistance

For additional information about the position, please send an email to or call 707-826-4345.

For assistance with the application process, please submit an Accommodation Request Form which can be found here or call the SPF Interim Compliance Support Coordinator at (707) 826-5169.

Application deadline

All application materials must be received by 4 pm (PDT) on Friday, April 26, 2019.

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