International Methane Senior Scientist

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 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 our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  


EDF has set an ambitious goal to achieve a 45% cut in global methane pollution from the Oil and Gas supply chain by 2025 in an effort to reduce the rate of warming we will experience over the next 20 years, equivalent to closing one third of the world’s coal fired power plants. Towards this goal EDF has a global strategy that includes catalyzing scientific studies that illuminate the scope of the problem and facilitate significant methane reductions.


Overall Function


EDF Office of the Chief Scientist seeks a Scientist with proven research, analysis, and writing skills to work collaboratively with external and EDF scientists, as well as decision makers (governments and industry) on policy-relevant research that characterizes methane emissions from global oil and gas infrastructure. The selected candidate will (i) develop and support scientific projects that enhance our understanding of methane emission patterns and thus opportunities for enhanced methane mitigation from production and distribution of oil and gas globally, (ii) help EDF work at the cutting-edge of how to measure and mitigate anthropogenic methane emissions, (iii) advise on the development of methane mitigation and emission monitoring policies. The Scientist will work with EDF’s Office of the Chief Scientist in close collaboration with the Energy Program on projects related to methane emissions from global oil and gas infrastructure.




This position will be located in Europe (Remote), and you must have the right to live and work in the EU when applying.


Key Responsibilities


  • Play a role in designing, planning and execution of EDF’s expanding work on quantifying international methane emissions including, but not limited to, studies to measure methane emissions from global oil and gas operations.
  • Coordinate and ensure rigor of scientific initiatives collaboratively undertaken with a diverse group of stakeholders including industry, academics, multilateral organizations and the public sector.
  • Provide scientific support of EDF’s international oil and gas methane initiatives and program.
  • Support development and demonstration of novel sensing approaches which enhance the ability to detect and quantify methane emissions from global oil and gas operations.
  • Support development of monitoring, reporting and verification frameworks for oil and gas supply chain methane emissions.
  • Remain at the cutting-edge of climate science, including staying up-to-date with the scientific literature.
  • Ensure scientific integrity of EDF generated materials.
  • Participate/lead in the analysis and writing of papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Attend and represent EDF at external meetings and interact with the scientific community at large.
  • Participates in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values
  • Independently support other “rapid response” and/or project development efforts on an as-needed basis.





  • A PhD in atmospheric science, physical sciences or engineering (e.g., chemical engineering) or related field.
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills.
  • Demonstrated scientific expertise, including but not limited to a record of scholarly publications and/or involvement in scientific panels.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Initiates and maintains extensive contacts within the scientific community.
  • Ability to synthesize, interpret, and communicate scientific data in an advocacy setting and for non-scientific populations.
  • Exceptional personal organization and attention to detail.
  • Experience in project coordination is a plus.
  • Willingness to travel internationally.
  • Experience in performing rigorous analysis with short deadlines in support of highly visible work.
  • The ability to communicate complex ideas in writing and orally to multiple stakeholders with different levels of expertise, including the public and industry.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Working proficiency in a language in addition to English is a plus. 



  • A track record of doing methane-focused research.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues associated with the oil and gas industry, especially air emissions.
  • Familiarity with emission inventories.
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis and understanding of atmospheric modeling.
  • Capability to conduct science in a second language additional to English

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.