Post-Doctoral Fellow Researchers in Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment

Washington, DC, US


Resources for the Future (RFF) currently has openings for 1-2 postdoctoral researchers in its Postdoctoral Program in Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment. The program is designed to provide unique opportunities for postdoctoral fellows to contribute to projects underway, pursue new lines of inquiry, and participate with RFF fellows and senior fellows in engaging fully with policymakers in Washington, DC. RFF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution focused on independent economic and quantitative policy analysis ( RFF is committed to scholarly excellence and policy application and offers an outstanding environment for academic publication and high-level communication of research to policy audiences.

RFF is interested in candidates working on energy issues, including research on energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings; North American energy markets and policy; transportation issues, including passenger vehicles and consumer behavior, fuel economy standards, and fuel/carbon taxes; distributed energy and the future of electric utilities; and the energy-water nexus.


All candidates should have (i) a PhD completed prior to beginning the postdoc, (ii) excellent written communication skills, (iii) enthusiasm for policy-relevant research, and (iv) the ability and desire to collaborate with a team of RFF Research Fellows and Research Assistants.

All positions are for a one-year appointment with the expectation of renewal for a second year upon satisfactory performance and funding availability. The start date is negotiable but it is anticipated to be no later than fall 2017. The position provides some support for independent research, including publishing papers from a completed dissertation. RFF offers a competitive salary and employee benefits. Review of applications will begin December 9, 2016 and continue until the positions are closed. Application materials must be in PDF format and include a cover letter, CV, transcript, job market paper or other written research paper, and three letters of reference. All applicants should use the online application process at to submit the cover letter, CV and transcript. Please have letters of reference emailed directly to [email protected], with candidate name in the email subject line. Should you experience any difficulty in applying online, please email [email protected] or call Mara Parrish at (202) 328-5053.