Research Associate - Energy Security and Climate Change Program, Washington DC Job at The Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC

  • The Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Washington DC

Job Description

At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

The Energy Security and Climate Change Program is hiring a research associate or associate fellow (depending on appropriate experience) to support its work on issues related to energy security, the energy transition, and climate change. This position assists in the development, research, and writing for projects undertaken by the program, with cross-cutting responsibilities, including analysis, research, project management, and outreach. The candidate should be a creative, dedicated, and energetic individual ready to contribute significantly to the energy and climate related research agendas of the team. Demonstrated experience with energy and climate issues preferred. 

The minimum salary for a Research Associate is $58,000 and the minimum salary for an Associate Fellow is $65,000.


Research, Writing, and Project Management (75-80%), including but not limited to:

• Identifies and researches key issues in global energy and climate policy, clean energy development, geopolitical developments, and related program areas of interest

• Researches and contributes writing to reports, analysis, thought pieces, and multimedia products

• Contributes to multiple collaborative research projects

• Represents the Program and the Director at meetings, workshops, and public or private events 

• Other tasks as assigned by the Director

Additional duties for the Associate Fellow include:

o Writing publications as sole author on a frequency schedule 

o Hosting podcast discussions

o Responding to media and key stakeholder requests 

o Contribute to grants, concept papers, and project proposals

Administrative Duties (20-25%), including but not limited to

• Provides task management, including coordination of publications, events, and related project deliverables

• Ensures timely execution of regular internal and external communications regarding project assignments

• Works with the Program to organize and execute meetings, conferences, workshops, and other logistics as needed

• Other tasks as assigned by the Director


• 2-3 years of direct experience in the energy and climate sector

• Demonstrated knowledge of energy and climate policy, particularly with the relevant U.S. executive agencies and U.S. Congress

• Master’s degree or equivalent related work experience in the field

• Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from constituency groups and the general public

• Possess an entrepreneurial mindset and be able to work well independently and in teams

• Sound judgment and creative outlook

Additional skills and education for the Associate Fellow include:

o Minimum of 4 or more years of relevant experience and must exhibit substantive familiarity with energy and climate policy.

o Demonstrated ability to effectively present information in a public setting

o Track record of success working in highly collaborative, team-based environments, with a commitment to professional development and mentoring     PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK CONDITIONS:   The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Performances of duties require the regular use of a computer, ability to move throughout the building, greet guests, and occasionally serve beverages and lift up to ten pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.    Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.   Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.       HOW TO APPLY:   Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter at

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