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Research Associate – Infrastructure

The Citizens Research Council of Michigan, Michigan’s oldest and most trusted nonpartisan public affairs research organization is seeking an outstanding researcher to focus on infrastructure policy.  This position will build on the Research Council’s long history of analyzing infrastructure financing to delve into opportunities to improve the strategy, construction, and maintenance of infrastructure. It is expected that over time the position will have the opportunity to address roads and bridges, water and sewer, electricity generation and transmission, dams, adapting to climate change, preparing for electric and smart vehicles, and green infrastructure. 


The research associate will be expected to:

  • Produce high quality objective research reports on various infrastructure policy topics
  • Create and deliver nonpartisan presentations on policy topics to a diverse set of audiences
  • Address legislative committees, commissions, and other information gathering bodies
  • Attend meetings of relevant commissions, councils, councils of governments, and others to remain informed of policy formation
  • Develop network of contacts in state and local government, trade associations, and the private sector
  • Respond to inquiries from the news media, government officials, industry and policy associations, and the general public in an informed and nonpartisan manner.


  • An interest in improving the infrastructure policies of Michigan’s state and local governments
  • Strong skills in research, spreadsheet analysis, writing research reports
  • Outstanding presentation skills
  • At least a master’s degree in urban planning, civil engineering, or related field.

Compensation based on qualifications.

Work Location

The person employed in this position will have the opportunity to work out of our Livonia or Lansing offices.

About CRC

The mission of the Citizens Research Council is to promote the development of informed public policy at all levels of Michigan government through the delivery of factual and unbiased analyses of the issues most critical to state and local government.  Examples of our research can be found at

The Citizens Research Council of Michigan is a private, not-for-profit, public affairs research group that has been researching issues pertaining to Michigan state and local government organization and finance since 1916.  The Research Council is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a 35-member board of directors and a 60-member board of trustees.  Independence and nonpartisanship are among the distinguishing attributes of the Citizens Research Council.  All Research Council employees are expected to ensure that their actions do not jeopardize the Citizens Research Council’s nonpartisan reputation.  Additional information on Citizens Research Council can be found at

Application Process

Interested candidates should apply by sending (no phone inquiries please) a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and references to:

Eric Lupher, President
Citizens Research Council of Michigan

38777 Six Mile Road, Suite 208
Livonia, MI 48152-3974

The writing samples should be related to a public policy topic and should be solely authored by the applicant.

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