Research Fellow, Climate Science and Policy

Washington, DC
Full Time
Roe Institute

Title:                         Research Fellow, Climate Science and Policy

Reports to:             Director, Roe Institute

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. Advance policy analysis and scholarly research by publishing research papers, op-eds, and/or books regarding climate science and related policy issues. Bring an established, academically based record of robust skepticism towards anthropogenic climate change alarmism. 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 and have a desire to engage publicly on potentially controversial issues, including in front of hostile audiences. 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:

  • Advise management on programs to keep Heritage in leadership role.
  • Manage discrete projects as assigned by department director and senior management.
  • Routinely initiate and take responsibility for organizing major events and meetings.
  • Collaborate with overlapping policy teams within department and throughout Heritage.
  • Conduct advanced scholarly research and apply it to policy analysis.
  • Research and write high quality 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.
  • Organize events and meetings.


Education:                  Subject relevant Ph.D. with a strong understanding of climate science, modeling, and associated policies preferred.

Experience:                 10 or more years experience in the field of climate change and public policy; strong body of publications, including several scholarly or professional publications.

Communication:         Accomplished writer and influential public speaker; able to communicate policy positions in multiple media.

Technology:                Microsoft Office and Outlook.  Programming expertise preferred.

Other Requirements: 

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the department’s goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrated influence on the outcome of public policy debates.
  • Recognized as a subject matter authority with a demonstrated impact in policy.
  • Expert knowledge of policy area, and of legislative and executive branch figures having influence on its development.
  • 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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