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Researcher and Project Manager

Stanford University
Stanford, California, US
Closing date
Sep 26, 2023

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Researcher and Project ManagerDoerr School of Sustainability, Stanford, California, United StatesResearchJul 10, 2023 Post Date99875 Requisition #
This position is based on Stanford's main campus with consideration given to the option for a hybrid work schedule (partially onsite and offsite), subject to operational need. Interested candidates must include a resume and cover letter to be considered for this position. This is a one-year fixed term position.

Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment VISA.

About Us

The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability strives to create a future when humans and nature thrive in concert and in perpetuity. The school is made up of a three-part structure to drive global impact: Our academic departments and programs educate students and create new knowledge across areas of research that are crucial for advancing the long-term prosperity of the planet; Institutes bridge scholarship at Stanford and beyond, bringing multiple viewpoints to bear on urgent challenges; The Sustainability Accelerator drives new policy and technology solutions through a worldwide network of partners who work with our teams to develop solutions at a global scale. The school is dedicated to creating and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, and to creating solutions that benefit all people, particularly those most affected by environmental damage and climate change.

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Precourt Institute for Energy

As part of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, the Precourt Institute for Energy concentrates the talents of the University on energy research and education, from basic science and technology to policy and business. We disseminate research results and help the University develop energy-literate leaders as part of its educational mission. We work across campus in all seven of Stanford's schools.We also build collaborations globally with industry, other research institutions, government, and civic organizations in pursuit of sustainable, affordable, secure energy for all people.

The Sustainable Finance Initiative

The Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) is an interdisciplinary research initiative at Stanford that works with public, private and development institutions to engage Stanford researchers in developing the finance and policy tools needed for the transition toward a decarbonized and climate-resilient global economy. Housed at the Precourt Institute for Energy, SFI brings Stanford's capacity to generate and apply knowledge across finance, economics, business and law to critical challenges in need of tailored and site-specific solutions. Our faculty, fellows and students work in teams with external partners and local collaborators.

Seeking Researcher and Project Manager

Stanford SFI seeks a talented, highly motivated researcher and project manager with a background in finance, accounting, and policy for a full time, 1-year fixed term role with the possibility of renewal based on additional funding and operational need. Under the guidance and supervision of SFI, the research and project manager will play an important role in advancing SFI's research on the frontiers of carbon accounting, carbon markets, transition pathways and insurance. The research and project manager will report to SFI's Managing Director and work closely with SFI's Faculty Director and Fellows.

The ideal candidate will have the following attributes:
Masters or Ph.D. in business, accounting, public policy, finance, or economics.Expert level knowledge and skills in a scientific field that underpins Sustainable Finance (finance, accounting, business, economics, public policy).Strong track record in project management, preferably in a research context, including communications, events, stakeholder engagement, and policy engagement.An insightful, independent, analytical mind with a strong track record of best-in-class analysis and critical thinking.Experience in contributing to reports/publications/presentations.Excellent verbal and written communications and interpersonal skills.Comfort leading and actively participating in internal meetings, including agenda creation, recapping and follow-up.Professionalism and enthusiasm for working with a diverse team in a collegiate and productive manner.A strong interest in sustainable finance and carbon accountingAbility to embark on some travel.Fluency in English.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
  • The research and project manager will be responsible for project management and coordination for the preparation and publication of SFI scholarship, which may take the form of academic publications, editorials, and op eds, and visual presentations such as PowerPoint.
  • Develop work plans, track progress, identify and resolve issues, and actively engage with broader SFI academic team to ensure research deliverables and timelines are met.
  • Support central functions of scholarship publication, including stakeholder engagement, communications, events, and outreach.
  • Lead or participate in multidisciplinary teams (in academia, across different faculties or schools, and in industry, across different functions of the business).
  • Assist in the execution of case studies that may involve coordinating a complex experimental protocol.

* - The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

To be successful in this position, you will need
Graduate degree in an applicable social science related field and five years of applicable experience, or combination of education and relevant experience in an applicable social science.Expert level knowledge and skills in field of science related to research project.General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.Ability to work with human study participants.Supervisory skills.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website ( provides detailed information on Stanford's extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process.

The expected pay range for this position is $77,000-$106,000 per annum.

Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location, and external market pay for comparable jobs.

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the "Apply for Job" button. Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University's research, teaching, and clinical missions .

All applicants must submit the following materials with the application:
  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Statement of interest (one-page)
  • Writing sample
  • List of three references

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4188
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: H
  • Requisition ID: 99875
  • Work Arrangement : Hybrid Eligible

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