Senior Scientist / Associate Scientist, Climate Equity

About Project Drawdown

The World’s Leading Resource for Climate Solutions

Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “drawdown”— the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. Since the 2017 publication of the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, the organization has emerged as a leading resource for information and insight about climate solutions. Cities, universities, corporations, philanthropies, policymakers, communities, educators, activists, and more turn to Project Drawdown as they look to advance effective climate action. We aim to support the growing constellation of efforts to move climate solutions forward and move the world toward drawdown—as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible

Position Summary

Project Drawdown is building a “dream team” of leading experts to conduct top-quality research and provide world-leading insights on climate solutions and strategies. As part of this team, we are hiring a Senior / Associate Scientist (the title will depend on the level of previous work experience) focused on the intersection of equity and climate solutions. This is a full-time, ongoing staff position.

We seek candidates who use quantitative methods to explore the intersection of equity, human wellbeing, and climate solutions. Candidates who focus on possible solutions that can mitigate climate change, improve human wellbeing, and center equity are of particular interest. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) how climate solutions can improve equity and human wellbeing through improving aspects of public health; food, water, and energy security; income, work, and poverty; education; and gender equality.

We are looking for an expert with high-level training (with a Ph.D., postdoctoral work, and at least 5-10 years of full-time research experience) in quantitative social science, environmental law, physical science, biological science, public health, medicine, or engineering. Relevant disciplines include (but are not limited to) applied economics, geography, demography, public health, and epidemiology.

Candidates must also be experienced in conducting and managing high-level cross-disciplinary scientific research, publishing their methods and results in top journals in international peer-reviewed literature, presenting original results at key scientific conferences, and communicating the impact of their results in oral and written formats. In addition, we seek candidates who are highly proficient in scientific research tools, and can help lead technical innovations in data science, geospatial analysis, and computer simulation modeling. We especially seek candidates with proven abilities of working collaboratively, effectively, and efficiently in ways that prioritize and center empathy and equity. The ideal candidate      will also have considerable experience writing successful research proposals to funding agencies.

Successful candidates will have a body of high-quality scholarly work that is comparable to scholars nominated for tenure at a major research university.

Working with others in the Project Drawdown science team and other Project Drawdown programs, this individual will lead and collaborate on original research, be a subject matter expert inside and outside the organization and provide the world with leading insights and analysis on climate equity. We seek candidates who are good collaborators, deeply value partnerships, and thrive in a team setting. The science team is currently being formed and will embody a culture of excellence and integrity, collaboration, transparency, mentoring, and clear communication. We especially welcome individuals with professional experience outside the US, particularly in low- and middle-income countries to apply.

Project Drawdown values the way each member of our team enriches our diversity by adding perspectives brought about by different backgrounds and experiences and believes that this is essential to making sure the world reaches drawdown safely, quickly, equitably, and justly. We are a 100% remote organization based in the U.S. Candidates currently authorized to work in the United States (U.S. citizens, green card holders, and work visa holders), who reside anywhere within the U.S. may apply.

Essential Responsibilities

The new scientific staff will be responsible for four things:

  • serve as a public-facing “subject matter expert” on equity and climate solutions, providing thought leadership globally, while supporting Project Drawdown to respond to media inquiries, partnership requests, collaborative projects, etc.
  • provide deep expertise about climate equity and climate solutions to the whole organization (e.g., the Drawdown Labs, Drawdown Lift, and Drawdown Learn programs) and collaborate with all of our teams on a myriad of projects
  • conduct rigorous, peer-reviewed research on climate equity (as well as other writing, speaking, media engagements, etc.)
  • help conduct and prepare assessments of effective climate solutions and strategies, with a strong equity and quantitative lens, building upon Project Drawdown’s previous work, and using new methods.

In addition, they will:

  • work very closely with other teams at Project Drawdown, including our communications & marketing team, Drawdown Labs, and Drawdown Lift – among others
  • work with outside partners, including research collaborations, media, stakeholders, and others
  • fulfill other tasks as requested

Education and/or Experience

Candidates for all of these roles must have the following: 

  • deep experience working in climate equity and climate solutions, based on original, quantitative research
  • Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in relevant quantitative social science, physical science, biological science, medicine, public health, or engineering field(s)
  • over 5 years (Associate Scientists) or over 10 years (Senior Scientists, Chief Scientist) of post-Ph.D. experience conducting high-quality climate-focused research
  • an accomplished publication record in international literature – e.g., with 10-30 highly-cited publications presenting original results and methods in top journals
  • be internationally recognized as a leader in their discipline
  • have a body of high-quality scholarly work that is roughly comparable to scholars considered for tenure at a major research university
  • be highly regarded among peers for working collaboratively and cooperatively with internal and external colleagues

Ideal candidates for all of these positions will also have the following attributes:

  • experience working on relevant policy issues, engaging a wide variety of stakeholders
  • experience working with business, non-profit, community, and government leaders at the national and international level
  • experience working in international climate science organizations (e.g., IPCC)
  • strong communication skills, including technical / scientific writing, writing for public audiences, and giving highly engaging public presentations 
  • work or lived experience with underrepresented groups and/or DEIJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice)
  • strong organization skills, thoroughness, and the ability to multitask in a fluid remote-work environment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The qualifications listed here are necessary to perform this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • ability to develop and enhance the reach, impact, reputation, and value proposition of a non-profit organization
  • excellent collaborative skills, and the ability to work with others seamlessly – without conflict, ego, or silos
  • excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple workflows on deadline
  • excellent written, speaking / presentation, and interpersonal communication skills to engage effectively within the organization and with external collaborators / stakeholders
  • flexibility, creativity, and tenacity
  • fluency in English; fluency in additional languages is valued
  • experience working internationally on climate solutions is a plus


As with all positions at Project Drawdown, this will be 100% remote. Employees can work anywhere within the United States. Candidates currently authorized to work in the United States (US Citizens, green card holders, and work visa holders), who reside anywhere within the US may apply.


These are all full-time positions with benefits. The salary range for Associate Scientists is $110,000-140,000 / year. The salary range for Senior Scientists is $130,000-$160,000 / year. Project Drawdown provides exceptional benefits including 4 weeks PTO in your first year plus 6 sick days, 13 holidays, and a paid holiday closure December 26–30, health/dental/vision insurance (employee premium 100% paid), a 401k program with company match, a parental leave benefit, a professional development program, and a home-office connectivity stipend.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete our online application form here. 

All candidates will need to upload a cover letter, their most recent resume, as well as publications as described below:

  • Cover letter that clearly communicates your background and interest in this role
  • A detailed CV explaining your professional and educational background in scientific research, including peer-reviewed publications, research experience, technical skills, broader engagement and communications experience, experience working with stakeholders, etc.
  • Publications samples – please submit 5 examples of your peer-reviewed research publications, and 3 examples of your public-facing communications (op-Eds, thought pieces, presentations, media interviews, etc.)

We will ask finalists for a list of 3-5 references.

Applications will be reviewed beginning Tuesday July 5, 2022. The application process may be closed at any point after that date.

Project Drawdown is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Project Drawdown does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by law, and we will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. We strongly encourage all qualified persons to apply for this position. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and the organization’s need.

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