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Global Oil and Gas Market Postdoc Economist

Global Oil and Gas Market Postdoc Economist

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Environmental Defense Fund Europe

Environmental Defense Fund Europe is an affiliate of Environmental Defense Fund, a leading international non-profit organisation that creates transformative solutions to the most serious environmental problems. With programs from Boston to Beijing, Environmental Defense Fund has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, economics, market-based approaches, and innovative private-sector partnerships.


Berlin, Germany


Relevant division
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)

Full time



Preferred education

Application deadline
3 October 2021

20 August 2021

Job description

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’s Office of the Chief Economist Overview
The Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) is the nexus of economics at EDF, ensuring that the economic thinking that is the backbone for all EDF policy positions is based on the best available research and information. To be most effective in this role, the Office of the Chief Economist provides support for other teams throughout EDF and fosters relationships with economists outside the organization.

Overall Function
The Economist will conduct and direct economic analysis to help shape EDF’s International Methane policy positions and support its advocacy. This will include providing strategic input and content to guide planning and execution of EDF’s International Methane advocacy efforts. EDF’s International Methane work is focused on reducing global methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 45% by 2025. The Economist will work closely with Senior International Methane staff and focus on global oil and gas market developments relevant to EDFs advocacy to reduce methane emissions from the sector. This will include analysis of the evolution and regulation of oil and gas markets during a transition to net zero. Deliverables will include “in-house” analyses to guide staff and partners, original publishable research, as well as discussion papers aimed at policy makers, journalists, and the public at large. The Economist could be based in any of EDF’s offices (including Beijing, London, US) or be remote. While focusing on the International Methane work, the Economist will be part of the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) and the broader network of economists and policy experts that surrounds EDF’s global climate and energy work. They will report to a Senior Economist or the Chief Economist, and will work with International Methane staff, other economists, policy specialists and natural scientists throughout EDF. They may also have managerial responsibilities for consultants, project budgets and more junior staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working with Office of the Chief Economist staff, EDF International Methane staff and collaborators to identify long-term global oil and gas market research and analysis needed to inform and support the organization’s international methane advocacy;
  • Overseeing analyses and research projects conducted by other organizations for EDF (e.g., universities and outside contractors);
  • Interpreting, translating, and summarizing relevant global oil and gas market developments for EDF, partners and broader audiences (potentially including public communications, congressional testimony, Op-Eds, articles, and blog posts);
  • Conducting original economic research on oil and gas markets and related topics relevant to EDF;
  • Working with EDF’s development team, including communicating with donors and foundations and writing proposals to secure funding;
  • Participating in the development of public positions taken by Environmental Defense Fund;
  • Establishing, developing, and supporting connections between EDF and the academic and research community, public and other organizations in the field;
  • Representing EDF at public meetings including policy makers, academic conferences and workshops, gatherings of advocacy organizations, and the general public.
  • Mentoring junior EDF analytical staff;
  • 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;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Ph.D. in Economics or closely related discipline (e.g., Energy or Resource Economics or Public Policy);
  • Deep knowledge of the global oil and gas sector, including global gas market dynamics and its major regional markets (particular focus on Canada, China, European Union, US, Russia, Japan, Korea);
  • Solid understanding of gas market regulation in at least one of the above regional markets of interest and ability to quickly learn about regulations and regulatory approaches in the others;
  • Familiarity with the empirical and theoretical literature on regulatory economics, in particular with applications to gas markets.
  • Proven well-developed collaborative skills with ability to manage staff and projects involving multiple people.
  • Experience from consultancy, government and/or gas industry an advantage;
  • Experience working in an interdisciplinary environment preferred;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Proven ability to conduct cutting-edge research;
  • Ability to clearly explain economic concepts to non-economists;
  • Ability to deploy a diversity of analytical approaches, theoretical and/or econometric studies to back-of-the-envelope analyses;
  • Creative thinker with self-direction and independence of mind;
  • Interest in relating economic research to real-world policy and in bridging the worlds of advocacy and academia;
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least two years of experience working on gas markets, though more senior applicants are also strongly encouraged to apply;

You must have the right to live and work in the EU when applying.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.