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Senior Fellow, Materials & Waste

About the Position

The Senior Fellow, Materials and Waste, will work as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers that oversee the continued development of Project Drawdown’s innovative research, analysis, and modeling of solutions to reverse global warming. The Senior Fellow 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.

The primary goals of Project Drawdown's Materials and Waste program are to:

  1. Develop revised methodology for integrating waste management solutions into broader systems.
  2. Further develop stock and flow dynamics across sectors.
  3. Revise approaches used to determine total waste generated, and adoption scenarios for waste solutions.
  4. Work with developers of the models to create a new core module for materials and industrial processes.
  5. Expand the solution set to incorporate new materials-based solutions not previously considered.
  6. Regularly update the Materials & Waste model with the latest data and research to ensure its accuracy and usefulness to target audiences in perpetuity.

The Materials and Waste program team will also work on developing the second phase of Project Drawdown’s research, which incorporates contextual boundaries, accelerators, and enablers, mapping technologies and practices to other economic outcomes (e.g. health and well-being, ecosystem services, jobs, GDP, etc.)


Position Responsibilities

  • Revise technical reports and models authored by Project Drawdown research fellows.
  • Lead data collection and methodology revision in Materials and Waste research.
  • Develop integration models for related solutions within the Materials and Waste sector.
  • 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.
  • Communicate with partners and advisors to assist research, as needed.
  • Represent Project Drawdown at events and make presentations on research and findings, as needed.



  • Ph.D., equivalent doctoral level degree, or equivalent work experience in supply chain management, life-cycle assessment, and/or circular economy. ABD candidates will be considered. If ABD, the candidate will be required to complete the doctoral degree by the position start date.
  • Demonstrated experience with a variety of current climate solutions in the Waste & Materials program.
  • Demonstrated data modeling and model design expertise, and experience in environment, climate, finance, or interactions between human and natural systems using Excel or other modeling software.
  • 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. Flexibility to work with team members in different time zones.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
  • Experience in public speaking and public engagement.
  • 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

Location: Work will be conducted remotely.

Application deadline:  Open until filled.


How Do I Apply?

Please complete our online application form.

All candidates should be sure to upload their 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

All applicants should 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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