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 630 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 that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.
EDF's Oil & Gas Program is focused on finding, quantifying, and reducing the environmental and health risks of oil and gas development, and catalyzing ground-breaking scientific studies for sensible policy action. EDF has set an ambitious goal to achieve a 45% cut in global methane pollution by 2025 -- in an effort to cut the warming expected over the next 20 years by the same amount as closing one third of the world's coal-fired power plants. EDF also works to protect communities, water supplies, and land resources from the impacts of oil and gas development to achieve win-win for public health and the environment. Building on the successful strategy in North America, EDF is now turning our attention to other regions of the world including China, an increasingly major player in global oil and gas market.
Focused on China, the 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. The Scientist will also play a key role in coordinating and managing partnerships in China to support cutting-edge scientific research projects.
This position will work in close coordination with EDF science, industry engagement, communications, and policy/technical teams in both the U.S. and China to support these efforts and contribute to EDF's global methane and environmental goals. This position will directly report to EDF's Chief Scientist in the U.S. with a close working relationship with EDF's China Chief Representative in Beijing. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated deep understanding of atmospheric science / atmospheric chemistry, strong political and cultural sensitivities, solid understanding of oil and gas/energy/environmental issues and China's political system, strong communication and relationship management skills, and high degree of comfort working in a matrix organization.
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.