High Meadows Post-Doctoral Economics Fellow

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.


EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share the Core Values that allow us to experiment courageously in our work while staying true to who we’ve been as an organization for 50 years. Are you a results oriented individual who is passionate about creating environmental solutions that make a lasting difference in the world? Do you respect diverse perspectives, talents and contributions? Do you value innovation and enjoy designing and using a wide range of problem-solving tools? Do you embrace environmental goals with a sense of optimism while taking into account real-world dynamics? If you have integrity and a strong desire to uphold a commitment to science, rigorous analysis, intellectual honesty and ethical action, then EDF is the place for you.

EDF has a proud record of helping achieve environmental outcomes that are economically efficient, environmentally effective, and fair. Our advocacy is informed by the best science and economics, we typically engage in partnerships (academia, business, communities, government, other environmental non-governmental organizations) and we are pragmatic in finding the ways that work to make progress. As regards the application of economics, our tradition and practice is to favor market-led approaches where feasible, and in general to ensure that our advocacy advances both human wellbeing and environmental ambition, achieving environmental outcomes while enabling continuing innovation and enterprise development.  

Overall Function

EDF's Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) is looking for an excellent postdoc economist dedicated to deepening the economic underpinnings of our advocacy in ways that are rigorous, evidence-based, effective and stand up to peer review. We are looking for a postdoc economist that can support us in any of the following areas: Climate cooperation, Climate mitigation policy (including transitions to net-zero emissions, pricing, and methane reduction from fuel production), Energy markets, Air Quality, Transport and environment, Climate resilience (including coastal and agriculture), and Freshwater resources.


Responsibilities for this position will be based partially on the Fellow's area(s) of focus and how that ties into EDF's economics work. The responsibilities will include but may not be limited to:

  • Perform original research on topics relevant to EDF's advocacy, for publication;
  • Monitor the peer-reviewed literature, and to synthesize and disseminate relevant information for EDF economists, scientists, lawyers and policy specialists.
  • Participate in the development or refinement of EDF's policy positions based on the Fellow's research, analysis and knowledge of peer-reviewed literature.


The ideal candidate will have a combination of the following:

  • Hold a recent Ph.D. in economics, or a related area such as public policy, with a strong emphasis on environment or resources issues.
  • It is preferable, but not required, that the Fellow's degree is from Princeton University.
  • Enthusiasm for applying rigorous economics to advance environmental objectives.
  • Enjoy working with multidisciplinary teams that have a shared objective.


The Fellowship term is 24 months


This Fellow may be based out of Boston, MA, New York, NY or Washington, D.C.

Application Materials

To apply to this position, please submit your Resume, a Cover Letter, your Job Market Paper, and a list of academic references.

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.