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Data Analysis & Technical Research Sr. Associate at World Resources Institute

Job Summary

WRI is poised to grow and is looking to hire additional senior associates who can lead the our work around technology innovation and carbon removal.

The United States can and should take significant action over the coming years to deploy established clean technology and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. However, a growing wealth of literature suggests that achieving deep decarbonization of the U.S. economy will require sustained innovation across a number of key areas, such as carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, and hard-to-abate sectors like heavy industry. You will oversee our work in this space, and your portfolio will include: analysis of technology pathways, work to identify and promote policies to support innovation in key areas of the economy, and work to identify needed guardrails for key technologies.

To prevent the worst impacts of climate change, the world will need to reach net-negative emissions, a point at which we’re actually removing and storing more carbon from the air than we’re putting into the atmosphere. This will involve deploying techniques that remove carbon from the atmosphere and permanently store it. WRI has a growing body of work and a talented team focused on identifying policies and practices that can help support its development and deployment. You  will help steer this work and cultivate new opportunities. You can learn more at:

Immediate priorities in this portfolio of work include conducting quantitative analysis of emissions and removal outcomes from different patterns of deployment of a range of emerging technologies in hard-to-abate sectors; and advising policymakers, peer organizations, and large corporations on strategy, innovation, and safeguards in advancing emerging emissions reduction and removal technologies. This Senior Associate will be in a position to evolve this portfolio of work over time as new opportunities arise.

You will work closely with senior management on strategy and project development. You will also leverage partnerships and expertise across WRI’s programs, centers, and international offices, while cultivating partnerships with external experts and government officials.

Job Responsibilities

Program management 

  • Build and execute a high-impact research and engagement strategy for the relevant team.
  • With the support of the Director of WRI-US, successfully raise funds to support that strategy.
  • Supervise the work of junior researchers and interns.
  • Coordinate across WRI program and issue areas to leverage institutional expertise and build internal support for the team’s work.

Research and analysis 

  • Plan, design, conduct, and oversee policy-relevant research, analysis, and writing on relevant aspects of innovation or carbon removal policy. This will include a combination of high-quality, high-impact reports, issue briefs, case studies, and blogs.
  • Participate in internal and external peer review processes for publications and papers.

Outreach and communications 

  • Communicate WRI research and analysis with external audiences.
  • Represent WRI at conferences, workshops and other events.
  • Design and implement WRI roundtables, workshops or other convening events with key stakeholders.
  • Liaise with and develop collaborations with external partners, including research institutes, non-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies.

Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree (PhD preferred) in a relevant field
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant, full time work experience related to climate policy with a minimum of 3 years of additional experience in a leadership capacity
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial thinkers with an ability to identify and pursue new opportunities
  • Effectively communicate insights from technical research to non-technical audiences both verbally and in writing
  • Record of research and analysis on carbon capture and sequestration, carbon dioxide removal, low-carbon fuels (e.g., hydrogen), and/or mitigation in hard-to-abate sectors
  • Candidate must be self-motivated and entrepreneurial thinker with an ability to identify new opportunities while juggling multiple priorities and work under tight deadlines
  • Strong research, writing and oral presentation skills are essential
  • Project management experience is preferred
  • Position requires some domestic travel
  • US work authorization is required for this opportunity

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview

WRI-U.S. works to advance practical solutions to reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions, deploy clean energy solutions, improve resilience to climate impacts, and achieve a strong, clean economy that benefits all Americans. We do so through rigorous peer-reviewed expert analysis, consultation, convening, coalition building, and clear communications. We work at all levels of government and with leading businesses across the United States. Our experience, reputation and connections in the policy arena, the private sector and beyond place us in a unique position to help shape federal and state climate policy and generate new ideas and practices for low-carbon development over the coming years.

Learn more and apply here.