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Resources for the Future
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Senior Research Associate


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$60,000.00 per year

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Job Description:

The Center for Energy and Climate Economics at Resources for the Future (www.rff.org) has an opening for a Senior Research Associate. A candidate should have a masters or bachelor degree in economics, public policy, natural science, engineering, statistics and/or computer programming.
RFF is a nonprofit, non-advocacy research and public policy organization that focuses on a variety of natural resource, public health, and environmental issues. Based in Washington D.C. and established in 1952, the organization is committed to both scholarly excellence and policy analysis. Researchers at RFF address a wide range of issues including benefit-cost analysis of environmental and other health and safety regulations; economics of public health and disease interventions; the economics of energy and the environment, forestry, biodiversity, water, and other resources; issues related to the environment and the economy of developing countries; and conceptual modeling and analysis of public policy pertaining to these topics.
Job Responsibilities
The Senior Research Associate for the Center performs advanced research functions and activities that facilitate the research efforts of fellows, senior fellows and scholars who conduct studies on climate change and energy.

We offer a one-year appointment renewable for a second year. Salary is competitive (upper $50Ks to low $60Ks, depending on qualifications). Benefits include a collegial environment, 20 days annual leave, 13 days sick leave, 3 days family medical leave, 10 holidays, medical insurance, educational assistance, and commuter benefits. RFF is an equal-opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse workplace.
Please note that (i) these positions are not Ph.D. level research positions (follow our other openings for them) and (ii) we look for candidates already authorized to work and live in the U.S.
All applications must be submitted electronically. To apply, please go to http://www.rff.org/about/careers and follow the link “Senior Research Associate”. You will be requested to upload in PDF:
  • Cover letter indicating your interest in the Senior Research Associate position (especially in relation to qualifications listed above) and your availability
  • Resume summarizing your qualifications for the position and containing the names of three references (with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers)
  • Writing sample  
  • Copy of your academic transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage)
Please include your first and last name in each file name.

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Job Requirements
We are looking for applicants with outstanding academic records, strong quantitative ability, organizational skills, and the ability to write clearly, quickly and concisely. Other valuable skills include 
  • Knowledge of upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level economics, quantitative methods, optimization, and statistics
  • Facility in assembling, manipulating, and analyzing datasets
  • Should be familiar with Microsoft Office, Outlook and family of database software, such as Visual Basic, SQL server, ASP, MATLAB, STATA or comparable statistical package.
  • Familiarity with energy or climate markets and policy issues
  • Ability to work with and without supervision in a careful and conscientious manner
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely, conduct literature searches and draft reports 

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