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Job Summary

Seeking a research/production assistant to work with an interdisciplinary team of faculty and community partners on: implementing a low altitude wind power system in Detroit’s Eastern Market; benchmarking the performance of this system compared to available commercial alternatives; and exploring potential economic and environmental viability for a scaled-up green energy village/microgrid concept that will incorporate both wind and solar power.

The position may be suitable for graduate or advanced undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines (e.g., electrical engineering, environmental studies, urban and regional studies, applied statistics, business administration) with an interest in gaining hands-on experience in the development of local green energy systems.  External applicants are also welcome.  The assistant will work to research and organize existing data related to wind turbine performance and cost; using these data as a baseline, create a benchmark standard for upcycled wind turbines; research and evaluate feasibility for microgrid concept described above


  • Locating secondary data sources and organizing benchmark comparison data on green energy (wind and solar) industry standards, existing and proposed microgrid models and best practices for localized urban green energy systems
  • Assist with the supervised construction, installation and monitoring of low altitude wind turbines  
  • Report back to an interdisciplinary team of community partners and academic researchers

Required Qualifications*

Graduate or advanced undergraduate student will be expected to work approximately 10 hours/week, on average, during summer/fall semester.  Student should have access to reliable transportation.  Experience working with electronic and/or mechanical energy systems and in workshop or laboratory settings is strongly desired.  Scheduling will be flexible but student needs to be available on a regular basis.  Must be an independent worker who enjoys diverse challenges.

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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.