Climate Change Policy Research Fellow

University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, USA 🇺🇸


Position title: Climate Change Policy Research FellowSalary range: The anticipated salary range is $54,900 – $76,200, though the successful candidate could be hired above this range depending on qualifications.Percent time: 100%Anticipated start: January 4, 2022Position duration: One-year term position, with the possibility of renewal


Open date: October 6th, 2021

Next review date: Friday, Oct 22, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021 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.


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

Additional materials may be requested of applicants.

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Health and Retirement Benefits


Basic qualifications(required at time of application)

  • Candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent international degree at time of application.

Preferred qualifications

• Candidate holds a J.D., equivalent international degree, or other advanced 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
• At least 2 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


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)

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