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Research Associate/Sr Research Associate

Washington, Dist. of Columbia, US
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May 30, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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RFF seeks a Research Associate or Senior Research Associate with a Master's Degree and 2-6 years of experience who has a strong working knowledge of economics for policy analysis, strong skills in numerical simulation modeling, and experience working on climate change issues. Successful candidates will also possess excellent written and oral communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision. The candidate will work with RFF researchers to maintain and develop new and existing models that estimate sectoral and economy-wide greenhouse gas mitigation potential of various climate change policies. Knowledge of the software program GAMS is a major plus.

Research Associates and Senior Research Associates are essential members of the Resources for the Future (RFF) Research and Policy Engagement staff. They play significant roles in helping to conceptualize projects, provide quantitative analysis, produce written outputs, participate in briefings, and contribute to project management. They participate in the production of impartial and impactful research that improves environmental, energy and natural resource decisions.

Specific Responsibilities
  • Research: identify, review, and synthesize academic and policy literature. Build and maintain datasets. Conduct simulation modeling using existing models; and aid in the development, including theoretical conception and coding, of existing and new numerical models. Describe and summarize model results in slide decks and written products. Other tasks assigned by project leaders or developed with program directors.
  • Project management: create, assign, track, and effectively communicate tasks, deliverables, and deadlines with project teams to achieve project outcomes. Participate in program planning and the development of research agendas.
  • Participate in engagement with decisionmakers and stakeholders.

Qualifications, Experience & Competencies
  • Education: Master's Degree in a relevant field, including economics, public policy, environmental science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, and computer science. Interested persons with PhDs in such fields are also invited to apply.
  • Work Experience: 2-6 years in government, private sector research or consulting company, or environment, energy, and climate change related nonprofit organization.
  • Experience in research on climate change policy issues, especially sectoral and economy-wide greenhouse gas mitigation and related environmental, economic, and energy issues.

Desirable Skills
  • Strong working knowledge of economics for policy analysis
  • Strong skills in numerical simulation modeling
  • Experience working in GAMS or other numerical simulation software programs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. A record of publishing is a plus
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision

  • $60-$78,000 a year or potentially higher depending on experience
  • Excellent benefits including paid leave, health and other insurance, and contribution to retirement savings


Excellent benefits package and employee perks:
  • Medical, Dental, Vision through Cigna
  • 35 hour work week
  • Flexible summer hours (4 day work week June-Sept)
  • Flexible work arrangement policy (hybrid work)
  • 11 paid holidays
  • 4 weeks PTO to start, increases to 5 weeks after 5 years, in addition to 13 paid sick days per year
  • Gym on site
  • Deli on site
  • Parking on site
  • RFF contributes up to 15% of your salary to a 403(b) retirement account, depending on employee age in addition to a 401(a)
  • Commuter benefit plans (pre-tax metro and parking)

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

RFF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People are RFF's greatest asset, and we prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind. We value the unique contributions of each member of our community and foster an environment that empowers everyone at RFF to thrive. Applicants of all kinds, who represent diversity that includes but is not limited to age, race, ethnicity, national origin, color, socioeconomic status, gender, physical ability, cognitive diversity, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, and personal background, are encouraged to apply. RFF's Vision for a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Future.

RFF has made the safety of our staff and community a top priority. As a part of that commitment, all staff and visitors are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the CDC. RFF will require all staff and visitors to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to work in our office.

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