The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

on Monday, December 19, 2011 |
Position Summary
As part of a recent grant with Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER), Penn IUR is looking for a Project Assistant to help in carrying out its deliverables in the creation and population of a Knowledge-Sharing Platform (KSP) in the Energy Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI). This KSP, developed in collaboration with a host of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries, will be a repository of information and case studies related to energy efficiency and sustainability. The Project Assistant will produce and organize content for the KSP using original research and materials gathered from international ESCI partners. This position reports to Penn IUR’s Project Manager for Energy Initiatives as well as the Associate Director and Co-Directors.

The Project Assistant’s responsibilities will include:
  • Surveying and developing relationships with ESCI’s Action Network of APEC countries to determine the structure and content of the KSP.
  • Gathering information and case studies to populate the KSP, while working with contributors to ensure the quality of external KSP submissions.
  • Original research and writing case studies to fill in knowledge gaps that may emerge in the KSP.
  • Development, testing and formatting of a template in conjunction with ESCI’s Action Network for recording information in the ESCI KSP.
  • Working with the Project Manager to find and edit KSP content, determine KSP structure, determine information gaps and strategize about outreach to the ESCI Action Network.
  • Performance of additional energy/sustainability-related duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree is required, as are strong writing and communication skills. Candidate should be a self-starter with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Experience with website development a plus. The ideal candidate has a proven interest in one or more of the following areas: energy, sustainability, environmental science, urban studies, international development and policy, government, and/or engineering.
Terms and Compensation
This is a temporary, hourly, grant-supported position that may be extended in accordance with grant renewals and/or new grant awards. This position is not eligible for employee benefits. Competitive hourly rate commensurate with experience.
About Penn IUR
The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) is a university-wide entity dedicated to an increased understanding of cities through cross-disciplinary research, instruction, and civic engagement. As the global human population becomes increasingly urban, understanding cities is vital to informed decision-making and public policy at the local, national, and international levels. Penn IUR is dedicated to developing knowledge in three critical areas: innovative urban development strategies; building the sustainable, 21st-century city; and the role of anchor institutions in urban places. By providing a forum for collaborative scholarship and instruction across Penn’s twelve schools, Penn IUR stimulates research and engages with the world of urban practitioners and policymakers. For more information about Penn IUR, please visit

To Apply:
As soon as possible, email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Alon Abramson, Project Manager, Penn Institute for Urban Research at
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