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17 Sep 2020

Full-Time Heavy-Duty Vehicles Associate Researcher (San Francisco / Washington, DC / Berlin)

The International Council on Clean Transportation – Posted by ICCT San Francisco, California, United States

Job Description

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) is pleased to announce the opening of a new Associate Researcher position in its Heavy-Duty Vehicles Program and invites all eligible applicants to apply.

The ICCT is an award-winning, independent, global, non-profit research organization that supports the effective design and implementation of policies to address the impacts of the global transportation sector on climate change and public health. Our organization achieves this by providing high quality and timely data-driven research to public officials at all levels of government – city, state, national, regional and international – as well as to civil society and the media. The ICCT offers a mission-driven and culturally diverse workplace where intelligence, flexibility, transparency, and good humor are highly valued. Join our team of more than 50 talented researchers with offices in Washington D.C., San Francisco, Berlin and Beijing.

The ICCT seeks a highly motivated and committed Associate Researcher who will contribute their energy and creativity towards research that will shape the global technology transition in the heavy-duty vehicle sector. This Associate Researcher position will provide the opportunity to work at the intersection of vehicle technology, economics, and public policy. Representative work can be seen at the ICCT’s heavy-duty vehicle program page . This full-time position can be based in either our San Francisco, California, Washington, D.C., or Berlin, Germany offices.

To be successful in our environment, you must be intellectually curious, self-directed, and able to work with people from across the globe. The position is best suited for someone with inventiveness, creativity, resourcefulness, curiosity and an ability to work hard and learn fast. The ideal candidate will hold a graduate degree with previous research experience in environment, transportation or energy topics, excellent writing skills, international education, travel or work experience, written and/or spoken fluency in two languages, and demonstrated passion for solving our most pressing global health and environmental challenges.

Position Responsibilities

  • Perform high-quality quantitative research to support the development of local, regional, and national regulations designed to limit the environmental impacts of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including commercial trucks and buses;
  • Perform quantitative analyses of large datasets on the performance of conventional and zero-emissions vehicles;
  • Develop and apply algorithms, models, and computer scripts necessary to support the analysis of the environmental impact of conventional and zero-emissions vehicles;
  • Author or co-author blogs, briefing papers, memos, working papers, and white papers to communicate research findings and the policy implications;
  • Review and summarize technical and scientific literature;
  • Prepare presentations and present findings in public forums, such as workshops and conferences, as well as in private forums, such as invite-only stakeholder meetings and policymaker briefings;
  • Help to organize outreach activities, such as briefings, meetings, and workshops;
  • Engage with external stakeholders including government officials, policymakers, NGOs, academic experts, or industry partners;
  • Review other colleagues’ work as well as consultants’ work on projects.

Minimum Qualifications

  • M.S., Ph.D., or B.S. degree (when combined with 2-4 years’ work experience) in engineering, physics, chemistry, energy, environment, or other related technical field;
  • Demonstrated research, education, or work experience related to energy, transportation, climate change, public health, or public policy;
  • Demonstrated intermediate to advanced skills in at least one of the following analytical and modeling tools: Matlab, R, or Python;
  • Demonstrated experience as author or co-author of academic papers, technical or policy reports, memos, briefing papers, or other forms of written communication in English;
  • Experience preparing and giving public presentations in English;
  • Preferred intermediate to advanced written and verbal skills in a second language;
  • Demonstrated research, education, or work experience with vehicle emissions preferred;
  • Prior work or study experience outside of the candidate’s home country is preferred.

Position Details

This full-time position will be based either in our San Francisco, Washington, D.C. or Berlin office with remote working necessary through at least 12/31/20 due to COVID-19. We offer an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid health insurance for the employee, substantial paid vacation, retirement contributions, transportation subsidies, and other benefits


Applications will be accepted through 15 October 2020.

How to Apply

Please apply online via this link.

Job Categories: Transportation. Job Types: Full-Time.

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