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Senior Fellow, Circular Economy

About the Position

Project Drawdown is currently recruiting for a Senior Fellow to work on projects related to the Circular Economy, which will include, but is not limited to, solutions to climate change within the Materials sector.

The Senior Fellow for Circular Economy will work as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers to continue the development of Project Drawdown’s innovative research, analysis, and modeling of solutions to reverse global warming. The Senior Fellow, as an independent contractor, will work collaboratively to oversee augmentation of the initial research conducted, to supervise additional data collection as needed, and to refine and integrate individual solution models.


Position Responsibilities

  • Lead the data collection and methodology revisions in Materials sector research.
  • Develop integration models for related solutions within the Materials sector.
  • Revise technical reports and models authored by Project Drawdown research fellows.
  • Work with a team of researchers to integrate all models into a comprehensive, global solutions model.
  • Identify and scope new solutions and coming attractions for inclusion in future publications.
  • Manage/supervise the work of Project Drawdown research fellows, as needed.



  • Ph.D., equivalent doctoral level degree, or equivalent work experience, in supply chain management, life-cycle assessment, circular economy, or a related field. ABD candidates will be considered.
  • Demonstrated experience with a variety of current climate solutions in the Materials sector.
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to conduct research and produce scholarly work.
  • Ability to effectively and patiently supervise the work of other researchers.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other researchers while working remotely. Comfort with teleconferencing technologies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
  • Experience in public speaking and public engagement.
  • A strong academic and/or professional network in Materials & Waste.

The ideal candidate will have experience in interdisciplinary science and modeling and a desire to build on this as a researcher. The candidate will also be creative in linking scholarship with practice. Candidates should be vitally interested in climate solutions.


Start date: TBD

Expected time commitment: 30 - 40 hours per week

Length of contract: 12 months minimum, with option to renew.

Location: Work will be conducted remotely from any location worldwide with an Internet connection.


How Do I Apply?

Please complete our online application form.

Be sure to upload your most recent resume or CV, two references, and two recent writing samples (see below for details). We will also consider letters of support from supervisors or institutions, if applicable.

Writing Samples

Please submit two writing samples, including:

  1. A 500-1000 word argumentative essay or op-ed on a subject of your choice that demonstrates your ability to make a focused argument in a clear, convincing, and accessible way. This writing sample is evaluated for evidence of critical thinking and general writing skills.
  2. A research paper of up to 10 pages. This does not need to have been published, but it should demonstrate an ability to research and analyze a subject in more depth. It is recommended, but not required, that the topic of the research paper be relevant to the Project Drawdown's mission. Papers utilizing quantitative and qualitative analysis of climate solutions are particularly encouraged.

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