Undergraduate Research Assistant on the Integrated Analysis of Nuclear Waste Management


Position description

The Center for International Security and Cooperation is offering a research assistant position as a data scientist in our group to support research activities on the integrated analysis of nuclear waste management. The project is embedded in CISAC’s “Reset of U.S. Nuclear Waste Management Policy” science-policy initiative.


The student will participate to a citation network analysis, including:

·       building and running a data crawler

·       building and running a data wrangler

·       conducting a citation network analysis using existing software (e.g., Gephi)

·       analyzing the results using statistical and visualization tools (e.g., RStudio)


The student will also be involved in the design of a web-based application for the integrated assessment of nuclear waste management scenarios. The student’s contribution will include:

·       building a relational database from multiple web and non-web sources

·       designing a web application including interactivity features

·       designing data visualization tools featuring complex results

An example of a web application on sustainability issues designed by members of the team can be found here.


Job requirements and qualifications

The student may be from a major in computer science with a minor in STEM. The student must specify in the application his/her level (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) in at least the following languages:

·       programming (JavaScript, Python, PHP)

·       database management (MySQL)

·       statistics (R)

·       data visualization (D3, JSON, Flash, HTML5, CSS)

We will accept other applications from students able to demonstrate their qualifications based on previous projects and/or demonstrate their ongoing undergrad training at Stanford. Previous experience in designing interactive web applications will be particularly valued.

A general interest in the philosophy of science, sustainability issues and/or nuclear energy will be appreciated. We would particularly welcome students from a creative and critical mindset.

The research will be conducted at CISAC (Encina Hall Building).

Work requirement: Up to 9 hours per week (dependent on funding)


Student learning outcomes


As part of the team, the student will learn how to apply his/her programming skills, how to conduct research on an applied complex science-policy issue, working in an interdisciplinary, collaborative and friendly environment. The student will also be listed as co-author of the publications resulting from the research activities.


Research team


Rodney C. Ewing, MS, PhD

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security

Professor of Geological Sciences

Co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation



François Diaz-Maurin, PhD

Nuclear Security Visiting Scholar

European Commission’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow



Contact and application


Please send your CV and a short motivation letter by email to François Diaz-Maurin: fdm@stanford.edu. Applications can also be submitted through Handshake, https://www.joinhandshake.com/; posting reference: 1075108

Interviews will be conducted on a continuing basis until the position is filled.

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