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RFF’s mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial, evidence-based economic research and policy engagement.  Our experts bring the brightest thinking to bear on our future, while having shaped many of the world’s most successful environmental decisions and policies over the past 70 years.


Resources for the Future is seeking early career PhD-Level researchers in economics or a closely related field with a desire to make a lasting impact on environmental decisions and policy.  RFF Fellows conduct high-quality, publishable research; develop and lead new research projects; and actively participate in communication of research results and other forms of policy engagement. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with one of the world’s largest collections of experts in environmental and natural resource economics and an extensive range of partners in NGO, government, academic, and private sector institutions.

Within the broad themes of smart strategies to achieve net-zero emissions and building climate resilience, RFF is particularly interested in adding expertise in policy design and modeling to accomplish overall net-zero emissions; increase adoption of innovative mitigation technologies (including carbon storage); and to encourage investment in low-carbon infrastructure. This includes actions in the private sector as well as at federal, state, and local levels of government.

Application Procedures

A full-length position description is available at RFF invites applications from researchers who have received their PhD in economics or a closely related field within the past 5 years OR who will receive their PhD by August 2023.

To ensure consideration for the position, applicants should apply by November 27, 2022, using RFF’s on-line application process at  Please submit the following items with a completed application:

1) A letter detailing interest in the position.

2) Current resume/curriculum vitae (CV);

3) Applicant’s job market paper (1-2 other papers may be submitted as well).

Applicants should also arrange for 3 letters of reference to be provided by November 27, 2022. Letters of reference should be emailed to (please include candidate name in email subject line). Initial interviews will be scheduled during and around the January ASSA meetings in accordance with this year’s COVID and other job market guidelines.  Should you experience any difficulty in applying online or have other questions, please email

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