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Climate Change Policy Research Fellow - Center for Law, Energy & the Environment - School of Law

University of California, Berkeley
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Climate Change Policy Research Fellow - Center for Law, Energy & the Environment - School of Law
Position overview Position title: Climate Change Policy Research Fellow Salary range: The anticipated salary range is $56,600 - $78,500, though the successful candidate could be hired above this range depending on qualifications. Percent time: 100% Anticipated start: September 1, 2022 Position duration: One-year term position, with the possibility of renewal Application Window
Open date: August 10, 2022

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Aug 24, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Sep 11, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description
The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment is seeking to hire a Research Fellow focused on climate change solutions, policy, and scale.

The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) is based at the UC Berkeley School of Law, which benefits from one of the leading environmental law programs in the nation. Building on UC Berkeley's history of and commitment to research and public service, CLEE leverages the intellectual resources of Berkeley faculty and students in furtherance of applied research in a variety of environmental and energy law and policy areas. CLEE's research priorities include combating climate change, advancing sustainable energy, addressing water allocation and management challenges, and sustaining healthy oceans, among other pressing environmental and energy challenges.

The Climate Change Research Fellow will focus on multiple aspects of climate change policy, with an emphasis on the challenges of decarbonizing our transportation and energy systems and moving promising climate solutions to policy and scale. Research and work with government, business, and NGO partners will identify barriers to implementation of solutions, including political, technological, regulatory, and educational. The fellow will work closely with CLEE climate program leads on a variety of climate initiatives, which may include electric vehicle law and policy approaches, natural gas policy and the need to decarbonize buildings, offshore wind development in California, carbon sequestration strategies, development of framework for faster reduction of methane emissions, and integrating conservation and housing data for better land use planning, much of which will be focused on California. Tasks may include research, convening expert workshops, drafting framing papers, blog posts, and other outputs, outreach and coordination with stakeholders and partners, developing research pre-proposals, managing interns, grad students, and other affiliates, identifying publication opportunities, and engaging in outreach with interested parties, media, and academics, and others.

Activities are anticipated to be roughly split between substantive research and drafting of outputs and operational, coordination, and administrative activities. The exact responsibilities will vary based on the evolution of various initiatives, the expertise and experience of the selected research fellow, and in response to the ongoing evolution of the field. This position is in Berkeley, but can be located remotely with willingness to travel to Berkeley as needed.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Engaging in a variety of activities to support the ongoing project research and implementation
  • Conducting research on the climate change issues and solutions, including policy, science, law, and technology, under the direction of and in collaboration with CLEE team members, affiliates, and other experts in relevant fields
  • Developing projects and initiatives in collaboration with CLEE team members
  • Drafting outputs in a variety of possible formats, ranging from framing papers to blog posts to social media posts
  • Working with CLEE climate program leads in organizing and facilitating meetings, workshops, and other convenings with subject matter experts
  • Presenting findings, updates, interim reports, etc. to sponsors, media, and nongovernmental, governmental, academic, and/or stakeholder communities as needed
  • Assisting with other miscellaneous aspects of project activities as appropriate

    For more information on CLEE:

    Union Contract:

    Health and Retirement Benefits:
    Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Candidate must hold a bachelor's degree, or equivalent international degree at time of application.
    Preferred qualifications
  • Candidates holds an advanced degree, such as a J.D., M.B.A., Ph.D. or equivalent international degree.
  • Experience and knowledge at the intersection of law, policy, and/or climate change
  • Ability to work with people from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and policy perspectives
  • 4 years of professional experience
  • Experience with research, writing, and analysis
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to prioritize and function both independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to finish projects and deliver on commitments
  • Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines
  • Willingness to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas
  • An interest in making the world better
    Application Requirements Document requirements

    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

    • Cover Letter

    • Writing Sample - Such as a policy brief, comment letter, white paper, or equivalent of no more than 10 pages
    Reference requirements
    • 3 required (contact information only)
    Apply link:
    Help contact: [email protected]
    Campus Information
    Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

    The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

    In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letter.

    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

    Positions that are represented by a collective bargaining unit or agent have particular contracts. For more information, please refer to the relevant contract: Lecturer contract, Postdoctoral contract, Research Series contract, and Librarian contract. Questions about represented positions can be directed to the hiring unit.
    Job location Berkeley, CA

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