Senior Researcher Climate and Energy - Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Post Date: 2/07/2023
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
Position/Title/Fund: Senior Researcher Climate & Energy - Full-time
Deadline: Open until filled
Location: Preference for Washington, DC, USA; remote possible with timezone alignment

CIEL is looking for a Senior Researcher who will investigate and analyze trends in a range of areas relevant to CIEL’S work on the oil and gas industry and the fossil economy more broadly (petrochemicals, agrochemicals), their financing, their environmental, health, and human rights impacts, and false solutions (CCS, CDR, hydrogen, geoengineering etc.). The Senior Researcher will be a part of the Climate and Energy team but they will also work closely with the Environmental Health team, which aims to strengthen regulation of toxic substances and protect communities and families worldwide from toxic risks.

Duties include rigorous long- and short-term investigative work, writing for advocacy and substantiating all claims, drafting of reports and other public-facing materials, research conducted both independently and collaboratively, editing and incorporating internal and external feedback, and management of multiple concurrent projects. In addition to answering program requests for research and analysis, the Senior Researcher will proactively identify gaps and opportunities for further research to accelerate campaign objectives. 

The ideal candidate will be a research generalist, able to use an array of desk-based research strategies to develop a sophisticated understanding of new and diverse issue areas quickly and confidently, and leverage that understanding to ask and answer policy- and campaign-relevant research questions. Outstanding writing, the ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team, and the capacity to embrace and to engage in extensive, iterative review processes, are essential. In addition to sharp analytical skills, including the ability to understand, distill, and draw conclusions from technical materials, such as financial and scientific data, and legal resources, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the role of information and analysis in catalyzing social change, a drive for uncovering the truth and aptitude for sleuthing out information, and a passion for environmental justice.

How to Apply:

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; the first application review will take place on January 25. Desired start date: As soon as able. Please submit a resume and cover letter. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.