High Meadows Post-Doctoral Economist

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 630 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.

High Meadows Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Office of the Chief Economist seeks one recent Ph.D. recipient with expertise in environmental, energy or natural resource economics (a research focus on China is especially welcome) for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship.

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.



The Office of the Chief Economist (OCE), led by EDF’s Chief Economist, provides analytical support and thought leadership within the organization and beyond. We collaborate with programmatic and regulatory staff, blending economic insights from cutting-edge research with practical experience to design and implement market-based solutions to critical resource and environmental problems.

We publish original research in the leading peer-reviewed journals, write whitepapers and policy briefs, and produce digital content for the web and social media. We organize and participate in workshops on emerging issues with leading academics and experts, and regularly present our research at universities and conferences.

The Fellow will work collaboratively with other EDF economists, scientists, and policy experts to develop and advocate for economically and scientifically sound environmental policies.

The Fellow will work in a focus area, suited to his or her background and interests, from the range of EDF programmatic work including especially EDF China, climate and energy. Specific possibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


EDF China: Together with our office in Beijing, EDF’s current priority is to ensure the success of China’s upcoming national carbon market. OCE supports this endeavor through research, policy evaluation, bringing expertise from international carbon markets and engaging with the global economics community to deepen understanding of China ETS.

The China Energy Modeling Forum (CEMF) is a consortium of energy modeling teams that is organized from EDF China to address energy and climate scenarios and policy choices. Air pollution policy is seen as a complement to climate policy. An understanding of policy instruments directed at air pollution, their effectiveness, and the extent to which they complement climate policy, will be an increasingly important work stream.

Responsibilities will involve working closely and collaboratively with the China EDF team in Beijing to ensure that collaboration and mutual learning is maximized.  A key task is to act as a bridge between research and policy development in regard to China ETS and the global economics community. Ability to communicate (verbal and written) in Mandarin will be an advantage.


Climate Policy: EDF works to advance durable, declining emissions limits achieved with a carbon price internationally by building capacity and linking existing programs across countries and regions. OCE’s research includes evaluating existing climate policies and developing recommendations to support efforts at the international, federal, state, and regional level.


Clean Energy: EDF advocates for the introduction of efficiency-enhancing electricity pricing, and advanced energy policies that will promote clean energy. OEPA’s research evaluates environmental impacts of U.S. electricity policies and regulations.


Gas and Electric Market Coordination: EDF works to reform U.S. natural gas markets to improve coordination between the electricity and natural gas markets. OEPA does research to evaluate existing market designs and their impacts.


Methane: EDF does pioneering work to address methane leakage from oil and gas systems, both in the U.S. and internationally. OEPA’s research focuses on the economic damages associated with methane release, and designing incentives to internalize them.


Key Responsibilities

  • To perform original research, for publication in the Fellow’s area(s) of focus, which will lead directly to the development or refinement of EDF’s policy positions, and to contribute to EDF’s advocacy based on the findings of that research
  • To contribute rigorous economic analysis in support of EDF’s advocacy, and participate in the development of strategy and in outreach to policymakers, stakeholders, and the public
  • To monitor and synthesize the peer-reviewed literature relevant to the Fellow’s area(s) of focus, and to synthesize and disseminate that information for EDF economists, scientists, lawyers and policy specialists
  • To work with the EDF China team in analysis of China ETS, and capacity building



Successful candidates will:

  • Hold a recent Ph.D. in one of economics, environmental economics, resource economics, economics and public policy
  • Have a research focus on environmental economics as well as environmental policy-making in China
  • Have proven interest in the application of economic theory or econometric techniques to relevant environmental, energy or natural resource policy issues
  • Have exhibited creativity (with a dose of pragmatism) in advocating for sound policy
  • Have demonstrated ability to work in a team setting, independently and to multitask to meet various deadlines
  • Be well organized, motivated, detail-oriented, and willing to take initiative
  • Have knowledge of statistical software (e.g., Stata or R) and coding languages (e.g., Python)
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills, with knowledge of Mandarin an advantage


Term, Compensation and Location

The Fellowship term is one year. The Fellow will receive a highly competitive annual salary with a generous benefits package, and will have the option of working from EDF’s Boston, New York City or Washington, D.C. office.



Please apply online and submit a cover letter indicating areas of interest, resume/CV, and two letters of reference. Questions can be directed to Jonathan Camuzeaux, Director in the Office of the Chief Economist, at jcamuzeaux@edf.org.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and suitable candidates will be invited to interview with our group over video conference, followed by a invitation to shortlisted candidates to present their research in person.

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.