Research Fellow, Climate Science and Policy

Washington, DC
Full Time
Roe Institute

Title:                         Research Fellow, Climate Science and Policy

Reports to:             Director,  Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment

Job Summary:          The Research Fellow, Climate Science and Policy is a research position in the Foundation and is responsible for contributing to The Heritage Foundation’s national, high-profile reputation. The ideal candidate would advance policy analysis and scholarly research by modeling, estimating costs and benefits, and publishing research papers, op-eds, and/or books regarding climate science and related policy issues. Bring an established, academically based record of econometrics and modeling. Engage with major questions on climate modeling, risk assessment, and climate uncertainty. Communicate clearly to expert audiences with an eye to better informing climate policy. Display a strong commitment to scientific integrity, independence, and curiosity. Advance Heritage priorities by testifying before Congress, conducting media interviews, and participating in major public functions and professional conferences related to regulatory policy.

Job Duties:

  • Estimate costs and benefits of existing and proposed regulations.
  • Manage discrete projects as assigned by department director and senior management.
  • Collaborate with overlapping policy teams within department and throughout Heritage.
  • Conduct advanced scholarly econometric research and apply it to policy analysis.
  • Research and write high quality quantitative papers, reports, and books.
  • Speak at major public functions and professional conferences.
  • Play an active role with the media and in the public policy community.
  • Represent Heritage in major professional forums and settings, including conferences, congressional hearings, and public speaking.


Education:                   Ph.D. in statistics or economics with a strong understanding of modeling and regulation preferred.

Experience:                 5 or more years experience in the field of modeling; strong body of publications, including several scholarly or professional publications.

Communication:         Able to communicate policy positions in multiple media.

Technology:                Programming and statistics expertise required.


Other Requirements: 

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the department’s goals and objectives.
  • Very high level of professionalism (adaptability, maturity, integrity, and accountability).
  • Strong leadership ability to work with other staff and lead junior staff.
  • Very high level of initiative, requiring only area guidance.
  • Highly innovative and entrepreneurial.

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