The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) is looking for a Senior Researcher. The Senior Researcher will investigate and analyze trends in a range of areas relevant to CIEL’S work on the oil and gas industry and the fossil economy more broadly (petrochemicals, agrochemicals), their financing, their environmental, health, and human rights impacts, and false solutions (CCS, CDR, hydrogen, geoengineering etc.).

The Senior Researcher will be a part of the Climate and Energy team but they will also work closely with the Environmental Health team, which aims to strengthen regulation of toxic substances and protect communities and families worldwide from toxic risks. 

Duties include rigorous long- and short-term investigative work, writing for advocacy and substantiating all claims, drafting of reports and other public-facing materials, research conducted both independently and collaboratively, editing and incorporating internal and external feedback, and management of multiple concurrent projects.

The ideal candidate will be a research generalist, able to use an array of desk-based research strategies to develop a sophisticated understanding of new and diverse issue areas quickly and confidently, and leverage that understanding to ask and answer policy- and campaign-relevant research questions. Outstanding writing, the ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team, and the capacity to embrace and to engage in extensive, iterative review processes, are essential. In addition to sharp analytical skills, including the ability to understand, distill, and draw conclusions from technical materials, such as financial and scientific data, and legal resources, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the role of information and analysis in catalyzing social change, a drive for uncovering the truth and aptitude for sleuthing out information, and a passion for environmental justice.

We’re particularly looking for someone:

  • strategic and proactive, to participate in strategic conversations and joint planning to ensure research advances Program priorities and campaign objectives.
  • experienced and thorough, to conduct original, in-depth research and analysis, drawing on high quality, credible sources, and analyzing primary source data (where possible) to draw clear, original, meaningful and well-defended conclusions.

Candidates can read more and apply via the Senior Researcher Position posting.