Research Fellow, Energy and Environment

  • Washington, DC
  • Full Time
  • Roe Institute
  • Experienced

Title:                         Research Fellow, Energy and Environment

Reports to:             Director, Roe Institute

Job Summary:          The Research Fellow, Energy and Environment 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 energy and environmental issues. This includes global warming policy, electricity grid policy, the Department of Energy, and other related issues. 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 for assigned policy portfolio.
  • Manage discrete projects as assigned by department director and senior management.
  • Routinely initiate and take responsibility for organizing major events and meetings to advance policy agenda.
  • Collaborate with overlapping policy teams within department and throughout Heritage.
  • Conduct advanced policy analysis and scholarly research.
  • 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:                  Ph.D. or the acquisition of an equivalent level of technical and research skills, with a strong understanding and application of economic theory.

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

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

Technology:                Microsoft Office and Outlook

Achievement:              Demonstrated influence on the outcome of public policy debates

Other Requirements: 

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, True North conservative principles, and the department’s goals and objectives.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of Department of Energy programs, electricity grid regulation and markets, specific energy sectors (especially gas and oil), and the economic implications of related policies is a plus.
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