Senior Associate - Steel and Hydrogen - Climate Aligned Industries

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30+ days ago

Do you love to solve challenging problems, thinking in numbers, and a passion for making the world better? Do you also have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, and ability to strive towards meaningful results for industrial decarbonization? If yes, then join our growing team!

Individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply!

Program Overview:

The Climate Aligned Industry Program at RMI is focused on decarbonizing the harder-to-abate sectors, implementing market mechanisms, and supporting policy implementation to limit global warming to 1.5 °C. It currently brings together heavy industry sectors (steel, shipping, aviation, cement, and chemicals) with our cross-cutting green hydrogen initiative (The Green Hydrogen Catapult). Our work on steel decarbonization focuses on two pathways for impact: (1) growing green steel and (2) exploring mechanisms for demand reduction and circularity. This role will be helping to lead the scaling of green steel (predominantly green-hydrogen-based steelmaking), working closely with our Green Hydrogen Catapult members and Green Steel project developers for regional impact.

Position Overview:

RMI is looking to hire a Senior Associate for our Climate Aligned Industries program, with a focus on scaling Green Hydrogen for Steel decarbonization.

We look for aptitude at solving challenging problems, thinking in numbers, and working in groups. We value self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, the ability to drive oneself and others toward meaningful results, and a passion for making the world better. As a Senior Associate, you are an independent contributor and work closely with colleagues on projects under the direction of more senior staff. You have also begun to develop expertise in the content area of your program and can provide support internal to RMI on that topic.

In the day-to-day, this will take the form of analytical research into application of hydrogen for the steel sector, putting this into content of net-zero transition trajectories for the sector, understanding the economic and emissions incentives in relation scaling green hydrogen, as well as supporting the team prepare for in conversation/ facilitation with stakeholders. You will also collaborate with other programs within RMI (e.g., the hydrogen teams in the Climate Aligned Industries program, Carbon-Free Electricity, Regional Programs, Climate Intelligence) given the cross-cutting application of hydrogen and the relevance of steelmaking across sectors.

We invite candidates with a variety of skillsets, educational and work backgrounds!

Your key responsibilities as a Senior Associate include:

  • Design and create approaches and quantitative models (technoeconomic) to effectively address key questions and challenges posed by our research goals and clients.
  • Locate and manage high quality data that sheds new light on problems and solutions.
  • Create creative problem-solving approaches to drive project insight
  • Synthesize recommendations into clear and compelling presentations and written reports.
  • Present quantitative information in a clear, visual format.
  • Engage with external experts via interviews, conferences, and respond to outreach requests.
  • Structure and guide the work of more junior team members.
  • Contribute publicly at conferences, share expertise in response to media requests, discuss our work with clients and donors, and direct RMI research collaborations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An undergraduate bachelor's degree in an applicable field such as engineering, environmental or physical sciences. A Senior associate position requires a minimum of 4 years’ work experience (or equivalent timeframe inclusive of a post graduate degree in a related field).
  • Ability to design, create, and run Excel-based models.
  • Understanding of basic financial analysis and metrics (e.g., NPV, cash flows).
  • Understanding of fundamentals of thermodynamics and general chemicals processes desired
  • Familiarity with energy systems, basics of climate science and decarbonization challenges for heavy industry.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience with industrial efficiency and processes of steel manufacturing or other metals/mining process.
  • Experience working among diverse groups with varying perspectives and/or facilitating challenging conversations.


The position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is preferred that you will co-locate with the team in Europe (Stockholm, London or Amsterdam), any of the U.S. offices (Oakland, CA, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boulder, or Basalt, Colorado, Houston, TX, India (New Delhi) or China (Beijing). This will be discussed further throughout the interview process.

Important Note: As a U.S. federal contractor, RMI must comply with requirements outlined Executive Order Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. This Executive Order requires that all federal contractors and subcontractors mandate and verify that all U.S. based employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are based in the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination status as a condition of employment. You may request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons. If you are based outside of the U.S., this requirement does not apply.


RMI compensates based on the level and requirements of the role. Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data. Typically, new Senior Associates join at the minimum to mid salary range of $79,000 to $93,000. You would also have an additional 5% bonus target!


We offer a comprehensive benefits package adjusted to regional norms, including (for U.S. employment):

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance
  • 403b retirement options (5% match immediately)
  • Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability
  • Professional and personal development (including LinkedIn Learning access)
  • Generous paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Commuter and wellness benefits
  • Casual work environment


Diversity of our workforce is one of our core values at RMI and we strive to achieve a level of diversity within our organization that reflects the communities that we serve. Achieving this diversity—whether of race, gender, sexual orientation, or ability—is critical to our long-term success, ensuring that we:

  • Have the diversity of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges
  • Have a culture of inclusion and respect that enables us to attract and keep diverse talent
  • Can secure the talent that we need with access to the full talent pool
  • Can relate to decision makers within diverse communities

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

About RMI

RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a 1.5°C future and secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. We work in the world’s most critical geographies and engage businesses, policymakers, communities, and NGOs to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50 percent by 2030. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.

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