Scientist, Low-Carbon Energy

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Environmental Defense Fund

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Berlin, Germany

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30+ days ago

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.
Responsibilities :
The Office of Chief Scientist (OCS) is the nexus of science at EDF, ensuring that the science that is the backbone for all EDF policy positions is based on the best available information. To be most effective in this role, OCS provides programmatic support for all scientists at EDF and fosters relationships with scientists outside the organization. OCS works closely with EDF Europe which is well placed to exploit near term opportunities to promote market-based solutions to accelerate the transition to a clean, low-carbon energy economy.

Overall Function

Environmental Defense Fund seeks a highly motivated scientist, to be based in Europe, to examine opportunities to advance low-carbon energy systems with an initial focus on hydrogen. The successful candidate will report to a Senior Scientist in the Office of Chief Scientist and be an integral member of the EDF-Europe team and the Office of the Chief Scientist, working closely with colleagues in Europe, the United States and other overseas offices.

The Scientist will conduct depth scientific analyses to help shape the organization's policy positions and support its advocacy in the low-carbon fuels-technology space. The products of such analysis will include original publishable research, "in-house" analyses for use by other staff within the organization, as well as white papers aimed at policy makers, journalists, and the public at large.


At this time, this position can be based remotely in The Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium.

Key Responsibilities
  • Conducting rigorous, original scientific research on topics broadly relevant to the work of EDF Europe and the Energy Transitions Impact Area, with initial focus on the role of hydrogen as an energy carrier;
  • Prepare timely in-house analyses for EDF leadership and other programs throughout the organization and participate in the development of public positions taken by EDF
  • Lead in the preparation of scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Write white papers summarizing research for a broader audience, along with public communications including policy papers and recommendations, presentations, Op-Ed pieces, and blog posts
  • Prepare information to respond to inquiries from a variety of stakeholders
  • Independently support other "rapid response" and/or project development efforts on an as-needed basis.
  • Represent EDF at external events, including at national and international venues, and interact with the scientific community at large
  • Assist in implementing initiatives such as working with countries to understand the opportunities that arise from the switch to alternative fuels for shipping
  • Participate in advancing EDF Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 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
  • Manage interns and other junior staff as appropriate
  • Educated to PhD level in an environmental science or engineering field, or equivalent professional experience
  • Proven track record of research experience (which could include post-doctoral research)
  • Familiarity with low-carbon fuels, their production pathways, and decarbonization strategies.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate complex ideas in writing and orally to multiple stakeholders with different levels of expertise, including the public and industry.
  • Interest in relating scientific research to real-world policy and in bridging the worlds of advocacy and academia;
  • Experience in performing rigorous analysis with short deadlines in support of highly visible work;
  • Results-driven, self-starter with the ability to think strategically and carry out responsibilities in a timely and effective manner.
  • Exceptional personal organization and attention to detail.
  • Excellent problem solving and multi-tasking skills;Ability to work independently and to support a multi-disciplinary team, using independent judgment required to plan, prioritize, and organize diversified workload.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Fluency in English is essential; fluency in another EU language is desirable.
  • Willingness to travel internationally.
EEO Information:
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.