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Environmental Defense Fund San Francisco, CA, USA
May 24, 2019
Full time
This is a 2 year fixed term position.  Office of Chief Scientist Overview The Office of Chief Scientist (OCS) is the nexus of science at EDF, ensuring that the natural and social science that is the backbone for all EDF policy positions is based on the best available information. To be most effective in this role, OCS provides programmatic support for all scientists at EDF and fosters relationships with scientists outside the organization. The OCS team works on projects across all of EDF’s programs, translating basic and applied research into actionable ideas for colleagues who are designing programs and projects. Locations San Francisco, Sacramento Overall Function   The Senior Research Analyst will be a key team member in the Office of Chief Scientist, conducting research and analysis on biogas as a renewable energy source with particular attention to full life cycle emissions, both direct and indirect.  Research focus will largely be on efforts in North America and Europe.  In addition, the Senior Research Analyst will also take a leadership role on a variety of smaller projects, synthesize complex information and translate it for technical and non-technical audiences. The Senior Research Analyst will report to a Lead Senior Scientist in the Office of Chief Scientist. Key Responsibilities Analyze the state-of-science in biogas production pathways, infrastructure, feedstock potential, greenhouse gas impacts. Track current initiatives on emerging biogas policy design in North America and Europe. Evaluate current research gaps in biogas assessment of carbon dioxide and methane emissions Identify experts in academia, industry, and NGOs to help advance knowledge in the above topics, and assist in convening associated workshops. Qualifications Four or more years of experience with a Bachelor’s degree in biogeochemistry, agricultural science/engineering or related field required. Master’s degree in one of these fields, preferred. Knowledge of environmental issues associated with agricultural practices and/or fossil fuel production. Experience with greenhouse gas accounting or life cycle assessment. Strong communication skills, including experience in presenting at scientific conferences, writing scientific publications, and communicating complex ideas to a general audience. Strong computational and statistical skills. Must be well organized, motivated, and detail-oriented. Strong computer proficiency, including experience with Microsoft Office, and Internet research. Intellectual agility and comfort with working across disciplines and learning new skills. Ability to complete small complex projects and research assignments. Ability to work independently, manage time efficiently, and collaborate effectively with diverse colleagues in a fast-paced environment. Excellent problem solving and multi-tasking skills. High attention to detail. Willingness to travel. Project management experience preferred. Passion for environmental protection, equity, and sustainable development. Commitment to rigorous analysis. Commitment to creativity and pragmatism in the real-world application of scientific theory to practice. Environmental Defense Fund  is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
Environmental Defense Fund Austin, TX, USA
May 24, 2019
Full time
Location can be Austin, TX (preferred) or San Francisco, CA The Office of the Chief Scientist is the nexus of science at EDF, ensuring that all EDF positions are based on the best available natural and social science. To be most effective in this role, the Office of the Chief Scientist provides programmatic support for all scientists at EDF and fosters relationships with scientists outside the organization.   OVERALL FUNCTION   The Senior Data Analyst will be a key team member in the Office of the Chief Scientist and the cross-cutting Clean Air Innovation project, where our interdisciplinary team is working to demonstrate and scale hyperlocal air quality assessments from low and medium cost air quality sensors. The Data Analyst will contribute to the team’s goal of accelerating the adoption and impact of air pollution mitigation strategies in diverse geographies by supporting a team of air quality scientists who are refining hyperlocal data collection, analysis and presentation approaches. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Assess performance of low cost sensor data by comparison with reference instrument data. Clean air quality data sets from mobile deployments of various grades of instrumentation and stationary deployments of low cost sensors. Run existing algorithms for a variety of air quality data sets. Parse, format, and aggregate data in preparation for various analyses. Set up scheduling of certain data processes for regularly timed execution in the cloud. Create static and interactive maps of results from geospatial analyses. Develop and apply systematic approaches to characterize temporal and spatial patterns in air quality data. Help to develop and test algorithms to derive emission ratios, correlation coefficients/spatial regressions for air quality data sets. Evaluate attributes of traffic activity datasets and conduct integrative analyses with air quality datasets. REQUIREMENTS Strong spatial analysis and mapping skills using  e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS, or GRASS GIS Experience in one or more of the following: Statistical software (e.g. “R”) SQL databases (e.g. PostgreSQL, Google BigQuery, Microsoft SQL Server or Access), and advanced SQL scripting capability JavaScript programming Comfort and familiarity with accessing and manipulating spatial data sets using Python scripting (e.g. arcpy or open source equivalent) Demonstrated ability to conduct independent scientific data analyses and experience with interpreting scientific results Experience in data visualization programming (e.g. Tableau, Plotly, Leaflet) preferred Strong interpersonal and written communication skills Excellent attention to detail and record keeping abilities Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative field (e.g., mathematics, statistics, engineering, physics, computer science), with at least 4 years of work experience or Master’s degree in an environmentally relevant science field; background in atmospheric and/or environmental sciences a plus Environmental Defense Fund  is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com