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Research Director, Climate Policy Lab
Tufts University

Date Posted Sep. 5, 2023
Title Research Director, Climate Policy Lab
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department The Fletcher School
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Professor
  • Government - Policy/Public Affairs
    Environmental Policy


The Fletcher School is the United States’ first professional graduate school of international affairs. Since 1933 Fletcher’s multi-disciplinary education in international relations, law, and business, has prepared the world’s leaders to become innovative problem-solvers in government, private sector, and non-governmental organizations. Fletcher’s faculty and staff seek to fulfill its mission in the most environmentally sensible way possible.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of The Fletcher School’s administrative staff. We encourage all candidates to submit a cover letter that includes a statement of how their work, education, service, and/or life experiences prepared them to advance Fletcher's commitments to diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

The Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) combines rigorous research, multi-disciplinary graduate education, and executive training to equip current and future policy entrepreneurs with both the knowledge to craft evidence-based policy in a global context and the skills to implement it. Research topics of focus for CIERP include: energy, climate, and innovation; agriculture, forests, and biodiversity; sustainable development, diplomacy, and governance; and sustainable development economics.

One of CIERP's initiatives is the Climate Policy Lab (CPL), which seeks to better understand which energy and climate policies work, which don't, and why. The Lab is a source of independent and objective advice for governments contemplating new climate policies as they implement new domestic policies consistent with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

What You'll Do

This is a grant-funded position and is not eligible for severance pay.


The Research Director guides the research activities of the Climate Policy Lab (CPL) to meet the goals set out by the Director for the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP), with responsibility to perform their own research on designated projects. Main responsibilities fall into 4 main categories:

(1) Supporting workflow and outputs of existing grant-funded and doctoral research projects in collaboration with CPL Director and staff. Providing peer review to maintain high standards of scholarship; providing content[1]focused editing and revision of Fellows’ work; Assisting in the development of new proposals, reporting on existing projects to funders, and providing regular updates to the Director CIERP and staff;

(2) Training and mentoring pre- and post-doctoral fellows; managing workflow decisions; facilitating project meetings; hiring student Research Assistants (RAs), serving as RA supervisor as needed;

(3) Conducting scholarly research according to the needs of the CPL research projects and the expertise of the Research Director; compiling reports, presentations, and publications, often in conjunction with other research conducted in the Lab; 

(4) Establishing and/or maintaining international relationships with research partners, including potential consultants and sub-contractors; creating expectations around new consultant and sub-contractor agreements; coordinating the expectations and workflows for consultant and sub-contractor agreements.

As appropriate, and if approved by the School’s Academic Council, the Director of Research will be concurrently appointed as Research Professor (rank-appropriate) at the school.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through completion of PhD in international relations, public policy, economics, public administration, energy or environmental studies or a related field.
  • Knowledge and skills developed through a minimum of 4-6 years of work experience in an academic or project-management-related job discipline

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in conducting field research in developing countries, including experience with case study, process tracing, and interview methods.
  • Willingness to have a regular in-person working arrangement (e.g. 3-4 days per week in the office).
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally up to four times per year to conduct research, attend conferences, or meet with research sponsors.
  • Experience in a professional setting, including strong commitment to working as a collaborative team member.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills, including complete fluency in written English. Proficiency in a second language is ideal.
  • Ability to distill complex issues and clearly articulate solutions.
  • Collaboration, attention to detail, troubleshooting ability, and project management experience.
  • Interest in maintaining a high degree of technical competence by reading scientific journals, attending professional workshops and conferences, and being aware of trends in the field.
  • Experience in mentoring and providing guidance to junior colleagues.
  • Ability to interact well with diverse groups and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external collaborators.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance.

Special Work Schedule Requirements:

This job involves responsibilities that are performed in a hybrid working environment. The Center hosts occasional evening/weekend events, requiring some flexible scheduling around those dates/times.

Pay Range

Minimum $102,400.00, Midpoint $128,050.00, Maximum $153,700.00

Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.

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