Research Analyst, Methane Geochemistry

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. Now, EDF is turning our attention to other regions of the world—with particular attention (but not limited) to the EU.


Overall Function


The Research Analyst will be a key team member in the Office of the Chief Scientist, supporting research and analysis on topics related to methane emissions from global oil and gas infrastructure. The Research Analyst will report to a Senior Scientist in the Office of the Chief Scientist and will work in close collaboration with the Energy Program.


Location: Remote in Europe, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands.



Key Responsibilities 


  • Collect and analyze data to support characterization of methane emissions from global oil and gas infrastructure.
  • Perform literature reviews and find, analyze, and synthesize scientific information on topics largely related to methane emissions to inform the design and development of EDF projects related to climate and energy.
  • Fact-check and help develop reports, fact sheets, blog posts, website content and other materials for general and specific audiences on a variety of topics.
  • Work with a team of staff scientists to summarize and visualize research and project results for staff, partners, donors, and peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Apply excellent organizational, communication and planning skills in preparing correspondence and reports, responding to requests for information and helping to coordinate activities among staff members.
  • Manage key pieces of ongoing projects with partners from multiple sectors and backgrounds.
  • Represent EDF at external events with a high degree of professionalism.
  • Assist in preparing notes from important internal and external meetings.
  • 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.

  • Additional relevant responsibilities as assigned





  • Bachelor’s degree in an environmentally relevant science field, with 1-3 years of relevant work experience in an environmental science, policy analysis, environmental advocacy, or related field.
  • Strong quantitative skills and experience in performing rigorous analyses.
  • Experience with GIS software and statistical tools.
  • Experience with data visualization.
  • Demonstrated skill in synthesizing primary research.
  • Ability to summarize and translate scientific information appropriately for a variety of audiences, from senior scientists to the lay public.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work independently and support a multi-disciplinary team, using independent judgment to plan, prioritize and organize a diverse workload in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

  • Ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience.
  • Willingness to travel.


  • Knowledge about environmental issues associated with the oil and gas industry, especially air emissions.




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.