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[Met-jobs] Vacancy: Energy Post-Graduate Fellowship at Environmental Defense Fund (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.rdg.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Thu, 4 Aug 2011 07:53:41 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Energy Post-Graduate Fellowship

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. This leading green group, with
programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past
decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and
market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that
welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where
innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

Overview

The Energy Program at Environmental Defense Fund seeks candidates with
advanced scientific degrees to lead work on advancing the
characterization of air emissions from the natural gas industry. The
Fellow will work collaboratively with EDF scientists and policy experts
to help develop and advocate for science-based, economically sound
policies to minimize these emissions.

Project Background

One of EDF's energy program goals is to reduce the impact of natural gas
and coal on human health and the environment. With growing political
pressure to produce more energy domestically and to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions, natural gas is increasingly seen as the fossil fuel of
choice for the United States. As a lower-carbon, domestically produced
fossil fuel it is also seen as having the potential to economically meet
U.S. energy needs until renewable energy can be scaled up. However,
factoring in methane leakage during the production and distribution of
natural gas can significantly affect the net climate benefits of natural
gas relative to other fuels. Yet there are no reliable data on the
cumulative leakage rates in the natural gas system. It is critical to
better characterize  the rates of natural gas leakage as quickly as
possible.

Key Responsibilities

•       Independently and in collaboration with other experts, gather, analyze
and synthesize available data on methane emissions from natural gas
systems, identify key uncertainties and research gaps and propose rapid
research efforts to fill those gaps.
•       Organize one or more workshops with leading science and policy
thinkers to define tangible scientific efforts to quickly resolve key
uncertainties.
•       Author one or more scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed
journals to disseminate lessons learned and broaden engagement of
scientific community to address key research needs.
•       Subject to funding availability, design and direct targeted field
measurement campaigns to make progress on key research needs identified
above.
•       Become familiar with and keep up-to-date on the scientific, economic
and/or policy literature relevant to emissions from natural gas systems,
and to synthesize and disseminate that information for EDF scientists,
economists, lawyers and policy specialists.
•       Participate in development of reports/fact sheets/blog posts for
general audiences on the topic of focus.
•       Support other "rapid response" and/or project development efforts on
an as-needed basis.
Qualifications
•       A Ph.D. in the natural sciences, engineering, or environmental science
is preferred; candidates with an M.S. in those fields and with other
relevant scientific training and experience will be considered;
•       Experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable:
instrumentation and techniques for quantitative measurement of air
emissions, ambient air sampling, remote sensing, and statistical analysis;
Strong analytical skills and experience in performing rigorous analysis
in support of highly visible work;
•       A passion for environmental protection, creativity (and a dose of
pragmatism) in the real-world application of scientific theory to
practice, and knowledge of relevant environmental policy issues;
•       Exceptional personal organization and attention to detail;
•       Results-oriented, self-starter with the ability to think strategically
and carry out responsibilities in a timely and effective manner with
minimal supervision;
•       Ability to work both independently and as a member of small teams in a
dynamic and creative environment with colleagues and partners of varied
background and experience;
•       Ability to communicate complex ideas to a general audience in writing
and orally;
•       Proficiency in the use of PCs and the Microsoft Office suite of
software (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint); ability to use database software
is a plus;
•       On-the-job training will be provided to familiarize the successful
candidate with specific issues, media and policy work; and
•       Willingness to travel.

Location:  Austin, TX
Term:  12-month term position, with possibility of renewal
Hours:  Full-time (35 hrs/wk)
Compensation:  Competitive; based on experience.
Start Date:  Available Immediately
Application:  Qualified applicants should forward their cover letter,
resume/CV and names and contact info for three references to
<jobs@edf.org>. Please specify "Energy Post-Graduate Fellowship" in the
email subject line.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF
is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will
be contacted directly if selected as a candidate. Applications will be
reviewed until suitable candidates are found.

  Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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