Current Opportunities

Executive Director

Under general direction the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for leadership and day-to-day management of a campus-wide Policy Institute (per agreement with the Chancellor) dedicated to leveraging university expertise to inform transportation, energy and environmental policy. Responsible for leading fundraising in collaboration with Cluster development staff, hiring and managing key staff, building a strong communications program in collaboration with Cluster communication staff, building a strong engagement program with government leaders, and collaborating with campus researchers. THIS CONTRACT APPOINTMENT WILL END TWO YEARS FROM THE DATE OF HIRE WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF EXTENSION CONTINGENT UPON PERFORMANCE AND FUNDING.


The application deadline is October 17, 2022. Click here to view the full description and to apply.

Part-time Legal Fellow


The Institute of Transportation Studies and the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy is looking to bring on a Legal Fellow with a background and interest in transportation law, innovation, and or business law. The Fellow will work part time (10-20 hours per week during the academic year) with the Policy Institute, in partnership with the Institution of Transportation Studies and other centers, to develop research insights and summary materials at the intersection of law and policy research. These include the "3 Revolutions" of transportation: shared mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric vehicles, as well as other emerging topics. These issues involve federal, state, and local laws and policies and are evolving very rapidly. Desired skills and experience include legal analysis, strong writing skills, and policy interest in transportation issues.


The candidate will collaborate with Policy Institute staff and associated researchers on legal aspects of key transportation and environmental policy areas. This will include:

  • Assisting in writing a white paper on automated vehicle regulations for state and federal regulators.
  • Reviewing current and developing legislative activity (federal and state) and regulatory activities in the area of transportation innovation, safety, teleoperation, data collection, etc.. This will include but is not limited to regulatory activities by the California Public Utilities Commission, California Air Resources Board, US DOT, US EPA, and other relevant agencies.
  • This may include helping to submit formal letters of comments to regulatory proceedings.
  • Monitoring transportation case law and drawing linkages that can inform researchers and practitioners.


Candidates should demonstrate knowledge, experience, and/or interest with one or more of the topics of innovation, transportation, and/or sustainable transportation. Candidates should have legal knowledge or experience, with a preference for enrolled students in the UC Davis School of Law.

Candidate should have strong proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Outlook and Excel. Excellent organizational skills and strong writing skills are a must. The position encompasses a variety of assignments that involve independent decision-making, analysis, and writing. Fully capable working with Excel spreadsheets, Google Forms, and Adobe PDFs is required. Candidates must have the ability to work independently, must be detail-oriented, communicate in a clear and professional manner, meet short deadlines, and have the flexibility to change tasks, if necessary.

One enrolled UC Davis students will be considered for this position.

Please send a brief cover letter (1 page maximum) and resume to Mollie D'Agostino with the email subject: “Legal Fellow- [your name]”


DEPARTMENTAL DIVISION: Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy

JOB FUNCTION: Research, writing

DURATION: The position is available immediately, and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until Jan 31. There is a possibility to extend the position into Summer (during which time there will be a possibility to increase weekly working hours) based on performance and funding availability. 

APPROXIMATE HOURS PER WEEK:10-20 hours/week during school year (possibility for up to 40 hours in Summer)

LOCATION: West Village, Davis (or remote)

State/Province: California

Country: United States

BASE PAY RATE: Assistant IV, $15.50-$18.50 (contingent on qualifications and experience)

DESIRED MAJOR(S): A student enrolled in UC Davis Law school is the preferred candidate. Political Science students familiar with reviewing regulations or case law will also be considered.

Hiring Statement

The Institute of Transportation Studies, Air Quality Research Center, Energy and Efficiency Institute & Policy Institute is committed to the goal of embedding the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the core values of our organizations. We are committed to employing and retaining a diverse workforce and implement programs and policies that ensure all employees can succeed regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans. Staff are expected develop and apply their diversity, equity, and inclusion skill set in their daily interactions, as well as participate in ongoing training and unit activities. We are committed to promoting an inclusive, equitable, and diverse working environment that cultivates a sense of belonging, celebrates different perspectives, and promotes innovation through collaboration.