[ES_JOBS_NET] Senior Scientist position on International Methane studies

Ritesh Gautam riteshgautam at gmail.com
Fri Dec 8 17:21:44 MST 2017

Job posting- https://www.edf.org/jobs/senior-international-scientist


With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy,
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders
turn for win-win solutions. EDF’s Oil & Gas Program has set an ambitious
goal to achieve a 45% cut in global methane pollution by 2025, in an effort
to cut the temperatures we will see over the next 20 years by the same
amount as closing one third of the world’s coal fired power plants. EDF has
launched the first phase of this global strategy in North America,
catalyzing ground-breaking scientific studies to illuminate the scope of
the problem and then helped secure significant methane reduction pledges
from Canada, Mexico, and the US - at both the state and federal level. Now
EDF is turning our attention to other regions of the world.


The Senior International Scientist will be a key contributor to EDF’s
efforts to promote a series of international studies aimed at better
understanding the magnitude of global oil and gas methane emissions and
identifying mitigation opportunities, including a research partnership with
global oil and gas industry operators. The Senior International Scientist
will i) work to develop the scientific understandings required to mitigate
methane emissions associated with global production and distribution of oil
and gas. (ii) help EDF stay at the cutting-edge of how to measure and
mitigate anthropogenic methane emissions.


-Provide scientific leadership and support in the design and execution of
EDF’s emerging work on international methane emissions including, but not
limited to, a series of studies to measure methane emissions from global
oil and gas operations
-Coordinate and ensure rigor of scientific initiatives with a diverse group
of stakeholders including industry, academics, and public sector
-Provide expert scientific guidance to EDF’s international oil and gas
methane initiatives and program/executive-level decision-making processes
-Support development of novel sensing technologies with which to detect and
quantify methane emissions from global oil and gas operations
-Remains at the cutting-edge of climate science and up-to-date with
scientific literature
-Ensures scientific accuracy of EDF generated materials
-Conducts independent research and continues to publish regularly in
peer-review literature
-Leads efforts to convene worldwide experts to facilitate discussions of
science advancements and emerging issues related to methane emissions
-Attends external meetings and interacts with scientists and the scientific
community at large
-Reports to the Chief Scientist
-Manages additional staff


A PhD in physical sciences or engineering (e.g., chemistry, atmospheric
science, chemical engineering) or related field and at least 5-10 years’
experience in academia or business with desire to transition to
Policy-relevant research and science-based advocacy
Senior-level contributor in area of specialization with full mastery of
subject matter, able to lead and mentor others
Breadth of intellectual capabilities aside from specific area of expertise
and interest in broader context in which climate science is situated
Demonstrated scientific expertise, including but not limited to a record of
scholarly publications and/or involvement in scientific panels
Proven ability to lead a comprehensive science-focused project
Initiates and maintains extensive contacts within the scientific community
Ability to synthesize, interpret, and communicate scientific data in an
advocacy setting
Ability to support fundraising initiatives
Ability to serve as an expert for media inquiries
Willingness to travel internationally

Job posting- https://www.edf.org/jobs/senior-international-scientist
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