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Project Scientist, Step I to VI - Environmental Sciences - Energy & Resources Group

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Seeking outstanding applicants for the position of Project Scientist for the CoolClimate Network (CoolClimate), a research consortium at the University of California, Berkeley. Established in 2007, CoolClimate’s mission is to scale up the adoption of low-carbon technologies and practices through smart decision-making tools, transformational programs and enabling policies. CoolClimate develops cutting-edge carbon footprint benchmarking research and combines this with practical application of behavioral sciences to design tailored climate solutions to different populations. CoolClimate tools quickly identify the unique opportunities each individual, business, organization or community holds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These tools are incorporated into programs to activate, educate, motivate and empower individuals and organizations to make low- carbon choices. CoolClimate also works with consortium members to design policies and programs that meet local needs and motivate populations to take climate action.

The successful candidate will serve as Director of the CoolClimate Network, working under the supervision of Professor Daniel Kammen, Professor of Energy in the Energy & Resources Group, Goldman School of Public Policy, and Department of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley. The incumbent will collaborate with Professor Kammen and co-investigators to lead CoolClimate Network research, software development, programs and outreach activities. Duties will be split roughly 50/50 between conducting research and public service. The primary work activities include: 1) developing consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions inventories and forecasting models,
2) managing the development carbon footprint reduction software for households, businesses and communities, 3) design, implementation and evaluation of energy and greenhouse gas reduction programs, such as the Cool California Challenge and the Cool Campus Challenge, and 4) serving as Program Chair of the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference. Additional activities include writing and managing research grants, supervising students, staff and post-doctoral researchers, collaborating with CCN members to align tools with needs of members, developing work plans and timelines to ensure that deliverables are completed on schedule, authoring research papers using CCN data and disseminating findings to academics, donors and policymakers through meetings and presentations.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS (by time of application)
Ph.D. or equivalent degree in quantitative environmental research or a related discipline

• Demonstrated ability to work well with teams, and communicate effectively with colleagues and faculty
• Demonstrated ability to interact with individuals at all levels in a fast-paced environment, sometimes under pressure, while remaining flexible, proactive, tactful, resourceful and efficient, and with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality

• 3-5 years’ experience conducting empirical research including supervising data collection, cleaning, and publication activities
• 3-5 years’ experience and competency with statistical software packages such as SPSS, STATA and R, and ability to render accurate statistical analysis
• Proven strong multi-disciplinary background, combining competencies in environmental engineering, computer science social science (psychology, economics, sociology) and publicpolicy
• Demonstrated teaching experience and translating complex material/research to broad, non-technical audiences
• Applied knowledge in application programming interfaces(API’s)
• Demonstrated experience in appliedmicro-econometrics, research design and program evaluation
• Demonstrated experience in key issues related to behavior, design andsustainability
• Demonstrated experience in database and software languages, particularlyMySQL, PHP, Javascript and HTML5
• Documented experience in designing and implementing data collectioninstruments
• Proven ability to independently investigate solutions to technical and administrativeproblems
• Proven ability to meet and discuss project objectives with academics, policymakers anddonors
• Demonstrated written and oral communication skills, with the ability to translate complex scientific findings into accessible, non-technical language (via publications or professional presentations)

The anticipated start date for this position is late Fall 2017. The initial appointment is for one year, with renewal based on performance and funding. This is a full-time appointment.

Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits are included


Interested individuals should include a 1-2 page cover letter describing their research experience, along with a current CV and the names and contact information of three references. Letters of references may be requested of finalists. It is optional to include a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

This position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Daniel M. Kamen at

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center) to the UC Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality prior to submitting their letters.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research or teaching.

The University of California, Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Current CV

  • Cover Letter - 1-2 page cover letter describing their research experience

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)