Methane Scientist

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Environmental Defense Fund
Various, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 17, 2021
Climate Change
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world's largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.

EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.

To meet the goal of limiting climate change to levels that avoid the most damaging impacts EDF is focused on opportunities to both reduce current ghg emissions and reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Towards that end:

EDF has set an ambitious goal to achieve a 45% cut in global methane pollution from the Oil and Gas supply chain by 2025 in an effort to reduce the rate of warming we will experience over the next 20 years, equivalent to closing one third of the world's coal fired power plants. Towards this goal EDF has a global strategy that includes catalyzing scientific studies that illuminate the scope of the problem and facilitate significant methane reductions.

EDF is exploring the role of enhancing mineral weathering as a carbon dioxide removal technology and the opportunities to scale these technologies.

Overall Function

EDF's Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) seeks a Scientist with proven research, analysis, and writing skills to work collaboratively with external and EDF scientists, as well as decision makers (governments and industry) on policy-relevant research that characterizes methane emissions from global oil and gas infrastructure. The selected candidate will support scientific projects that enhance our understanding of methane emission patterns and thus opportunities for enhanced methane mitigation from production and distribution of oil and gas globally. Reporting to an OCS Senior Scientist, the Scientist will work with OCS in close collaboration with EDF's Energy Program on projects related to methane emissions from global oil and gas infrastructure.

The Scientist will also work to develop an effective research program on enhanced mineral weathering, working with researchers from around the world.

This is a 6-month fixed term position.


This position may be located at any EDF office in Europe or the US or remote.

Key Responsibilities
  • Conduct rigorous analysis and provide scientific support of EDF's international oil and gas methane initiatives and program.
  • Play a role in designing, planning and execution of EDF's expanding work on quantifying international methane emissions including, but not limited to, studies to measure methane emissions from global oil and gas operations.
  • Analyze field measurement data to support characterization of methane emissions from global oil and gas infrastructure.
  • Fact-check and help develop reports, fact sheets, blog posts, website content and other materials for general and specific audiences on methane emissions.
  • Support development of monitoring, reporting and verification frameworks for oil and gas supply chain methane emissions.
  • Participate in the analysis and writing of papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Independently support other "rapid response" and/or project development efforts on an as-needed basis.
  • Assess the latest research on enhanced mineral weathering technologies, including but not limited to the potential mineralization rates, scale of carbon sequestration, and environmental or health impacts of implementation.
  • Identify policy-relevant research gaps in enhanced mineral weathering.
  • Help OCS develop and implement a plan to persuade the enhanced mineral weathering research community to conduct more policy-relevant science, in order to maximize the chance of such technologies delivering significant climate benefits while minimizing harm to the environment or public health.
  • Participate in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.


  • A PhD in atmospheric science, physical sciences or engineering (e.g., chemical engineering) or related field.
  • A track record of doing methane-focused research
  • Three or more years relevant experience.
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills.
  • Demonstrated scientific expertise, including but not limited to a record of scholarly publications and/or involvement in scientific panels.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesize, interpret, and communicate scientific data in an advocacy setting and for non-scientific populations.
  • Exceptional personal organization and attention to detail.
  • Experience in performing rigorous analysis with short deadlines in support of highly visible work.
  • The ability to communicate complex ideas in writing and orally to multiple stakeholders with different levels of expertise, including the public and industry.
  • Demonstrated self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

  • Knowledge of environmental issues associated with the oil and gas industry, especially air emissions.
  • Background in Geochemistry.
  • Familiarity with emission inventories.
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis and understanding of atmospheric modeling.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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