[ES_JOBS_NET] High Meadows Post-Doctoral Atmospheric Science Fellow, EDF, Austin, TX


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High Meadows Post-Doctoral Atmospheric Science Fellow

Fellowships  Austin, Texas


With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

The Office of Chief Scientist is the nexus of science at EDF, ensuring that the science that is the backbone for EDF policy positions is based on the best available information. To be most effective in this role the Office of Chief Scientist provides programmatic support for all scientists at EDF and fosters relationships with scientists outside the organization.


For two years, EDF and Google have partnered with the University of Texas to collect over 10 million air pollution measurements in the San Francisco Bay Area using research-grade instruments mounted on Google Street View cars.[1]  This unprecedented data set shows that air pollution levels can vary dramatically—sometimes by factors of two-to six—over spatial scales as small as a city block.  Two additional vehicles will begin collecting similar data in Texas starting in 2017.


EDF seeks a 2-year post-doctoral fellow to work at the interface of science and policy with EDF’s existing team of scientists and external research collaborators to investigate the rich air pollution datasets help and help translate this new data into future actions to reduce air pollution to improve health.


The successful candidate should be a recent Ph.D. recipient with experience in Atmospheric Science. The Postdoctoral Fellow will report to the Associate Chief Scientist and be based in EDF’s Austin, TX office.  The 2-year fellowship can begin immediately. Internally, the selected candidate will belong to a cohort of post-docs at EDF. Continued professional development through mentoring and workshops will be provided.




Analyze and interpret mobile air pollution data to characterize emission sources that give rise to fine-scale air pollution hotspots.

Develop quantitative metrics that enable comparison of fine-scale air pollution data across communities.

Recommend sampling strategies to optimally characterize community air quality while identifying hot spots.

Create automated algorithms to visually present spatially explicit measurements and quantify the influence of hot spots on ambient exposures.

Become familiar with and keep up-to-date on the relevant scientific and policy literature, and synthesize and disseminate that information for EDF scientists, economists, and policy specialists.  

Draft papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and reports/fact sheets/blog posts for general audiences on the topic of focus where appropriate.

The fellow is encouraged to pursue projects and collaborations in her/his own areas of interest.




A recent Ph.D. (preferably from Princeton University) in Atmospheric Science, or a relevant specialty in the natural sciences, engineering, or environmental studies.

A track record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific conferences.

Demonstrated excellence in rigorous scientific analyses, and in oral and written communication of scientific concepts to general audiences.

Intellectual agility and comfort with working across disciplines and learning new skills (on-the-job training will be provided to familiarize the successful candidate with media and policy skills and issues).

A passion for environmental protection, a commitment to rigorous analysis, creativity (and a dose of pragmatism) in the real-world application of scientific theory to practice, and knowledge of relevant environmental policy issues.

Ability to work independently, manage time efficiently, and collaborate effectively with diverse colleagues in a fast-paced environment.

Interest in interpreting research findings for policy applications.

Interdisciplinary research experience strongly preferred.

A passion for environmental protection, a commitment to rigorous analysis, creativity (and a dose of pragmatism) in the real-world application of scientific theory to practice, and knowledge of relevant environmental policy issues.

Strong quantitative skills (statistical analysis, modeling, spatial analysis).

Willingness to travel.

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 where an applicant’s qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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