Research Assistant (China Climate Program)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Beijing, , CN

Program:WRI China

Location:Beijing, International

Position Type:Regular full-time

About WRI China

WRI China was established in 2008 as WRI’s first country office. Currently, WRI China has programs with focus on sustainable cities, climate, water, energy and green finance. WRI China works closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources – the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being.

We are associated with the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization. WRI has consistently been voted as the No.1 Environmental Think Tank in the world and is recommended by staff as one of the “most desired organizations to work for”. In 2014, WRI was ranked one of the Top Workplaces by the Washington Post.


WRI’s Climate Program seeks a Research Assistant to provide research and analysis, with some administrative support as needed, to the CCUS Team. The scope of work includes research and analysis of policies and regulations related to CCUS and other clean energy technologies development in China, the US, and the rest of the world. In addition, research tasks include studying the influence of various low-carbon policies for coal, gas, oil, renewables, and other clean energy technologies. The anticipated work extends to WRI’s international efforts on knowledge sharing on CCUS demonstration projects. This is an exciting opportunity for a young research professional to develop and apply research, writing, and facilitation skills, while interacting with energy experts from academia, business and government.

This position is based in Beijing, China with some travels both within China and internationally.


  • Conduct research and analysis on policy incentives and regulations for CCUS and other clean energy technology development worldwide.
  • Keep track with international developments on CCUS and other clean energy technologies.
  • Support the Clean Energy Research Center Advanced Coal Technology Consortium.
  • Support the team’s efforts on facilitate international collaboration on clean energy technologies.
  • Contribute to publications.
  • Communicate with external audiences including teleconferences, in-person meetings, and online media.
  • Participate internal meetings and teleconferences with both WRI China and WRI Global colleagues, which in some cases during odd hours due to time differences.
  • Contribute to funder reports and funding proposals.



  • Master’s degree in environmental science, engineering, or a related field.
  • At least one year of experience in relevant fields, including direct experience in CCUS, coal, or natural gas sectors.
  • Solid understanding of general clean energy technology development, energy policies, and laws in China
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and analysis.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, in both English and Chinese.
  • Ability to work well in a team, and work under tight deadlines.
  • Proactive, committed and attentive to detail.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office and internet research.


  • Master’s degree in environmental science, environmental engineering, energy and environmental policy, or a related field or extended experience in the field.
  • Publication track record
  • International experience, including working or studying abroad, or with multinational corporations and international NGOs
    Knowledge of economics and policy modeling.

Final candidates will be required to take a writing test.

Position reports to:  This position reports to CCUS Project Lead 

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI China offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package

Duration: full-time regular

Location: Beijing, China

Start date: As soon as possible

Application deadline: February 28, 2017

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must apply online at to be considered.

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