Graduate Research Assistantship for the PIRE (Partnership for International Research and Education): Developing Low-Carbon Cities in the US, China, and India

Monday, November 11, 2013
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Graduate Research Assistant
Job Institution: 
University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Job Description: 

Recruiting 4-5 Graduate Research Assistants (MS only) to work on an international interdisciplinary project on sustainable cities in India and China. This is a great opportunity for those with a background in engineering, environmental sciences, industrial ecology, or environmental studies.

This project led by the University of Minnesota (PI Dr. Anu Ramaswami, co-PI Dr. Jason Cao, co-PI Dr. Julian Marshall, co-PI Dr. Elizabeth Wilson) will focus on developing low carbon and healthy cities in the U.S., India, and China. For more information on the research program please see an overview here: ( We are recruiting 4-5 graduate research assistants (GRAs) for positions available addressing the following topics:

Research Topics:

  • Coupled water, energy, and materials footprints of cities
  • Energy sector planning with water constraints
  • Infrastructure interventions in urban slums in Asia
  • Examining linkages between infrastructure, low carbon interventions, water and air pollution, and health
  • Social actors and governance of infrastructure toward sustainable and healthy cities

Students with interest in and commitment to studying urban sustainability in interdisciplinary and international settings are encouraged to apply. Funded GRAs would start summer 2014 with an interactive summer school session in China planned for June to August 2014.

Please act soon in applying. Applicants must apply to the Humphrey School MS in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (MS STEP) to become a graduate student at the University of Minnesota no later than summer 2014 in order to be a candidate for these positions. The MS STEP program application materials must be submitted no later than January 15, 2014. To be considered for the PIRE GRA position application materials must be submitted no later than February 7th, 2014.

Apply to the Humphrey School’s MS STEP program here:

For more information student about the GRA position check here:  

If you are a current UMN student: First apply to the MS STEP program for the fall 2014 admission. Use the above link to apply for the GRA position.

If you are not currently a UMN student: First, apply to the MS STEP program for fall 2014 admission. To be considered for the GRA position, email the following documents to Brianna Menning, at by February 7th, 2014:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Three references
  4. Essay, no longer than two pages describing how your aspirations and experiences fit with this project. Possible Essay topics:
    1. What are your experiences and views on interdisciplinary studies?
    2. What are your experiences and views on international studies? Do you have a particular interest in studying in China?
    3. Why does the topic of sustainable cities, sustainable infrastructure interest you?

If you are interested and have questions on these positions and/or the application process, please contact Brianna Menning at