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International Researcher - Climate Change

Job ID 1527-3

Position Description:

Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to address complex social challenges and improve well-being around the world. We create and use evidence to help our public and private sector partners improve programs, refine strategies, and advance knowledge. Over the past two decades, we have developed a large portfolio of international development work that spans more than 50 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Our work provides actionable learning to guide decision-making and improve outcomes in a range of policy areas, including climate change, agriculture, energy, health, education, and workforce development. 

A key strategic priority for Mathematica is to expand our research and influence on issues related to climate change. Mathematica’s International Research Unit seeks a versatile Researcherto conduct evaluations and research projects focused on policies to mitigate or adapt to climate change and to contribute to efforts to expand Mathematica’s portfolio in the climate change practice area.

We are particularly interested in candidates with research experience in climate finance; renewable energy; sustainable agriculture; natural resource management; sustainable development; and/or water, sanitation, and hygiene. Individuals who excel in this position have a passion for using data and evidence to drive social change, a talent for conceptual and strategic thinking, and an ability to produce high-quality work in a context of compressed timelines and changing circumstances.

Position Requirements:

Position Requirements:

Knowledge and skills:

  • Excellent quantitative and/or qualitative analytical skills
  • Policy research experience in climate or environment, including related topics such as climate finance; renewable energy; sustainable agriculture; natural resource management; sustainable development; and water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Stellar written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to (1) convey complex technical issues to non-expert audiences and (2) present and share research results in a way that resonates with clients, practitioners, and policymakers
  • Ability to travel internationally
  • Ability to work well in teams
  • Fluency in at least one language in addition to English is preferred

Education and experience:

  • PhD (or Master’s degree with equivalent experience) in economics, environmental economics, public policy, international development, sustainable development, public health, or a related discipline
  • Experience managing or supporting research in LMIC settings is preferred


Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company’s growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength. Read more about our benefits here: https://www.mathematica.org/career-opportunities/benefits-at-a-glance.

We take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. We encourage staff to collaborate in developing creative solutions to difficult problems and to share the responsibility and enjoyment of carrying out complex projects. This collegial spirit has helped us earn our reputation for innovative and high-quality work. As a winner of the "Excellence in Diversity Award," we know that building an inclusive culture based on the diverse strengths of employees from different backgrounds is key to our success.

A cover letter, CV, and writing sample must be submitted at the time of application via our online application system. If desired, letters of recommendation may be submitted directly by your references to HumanResources@mathematica-mpr.com.

All candidates that apply by January 28, 2022 will receive full consideration. We will be conducting virtual interviews on a rolling basis until the position is filled. This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of $90,000-$130,000. This position is eligible for a discretionary bonus based on company and individual performance.

In accordance with Executive Order 14042 and its implementing guidelines, all Mathematica employees must provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain an accommodation through Human Resources by providing documentation from a licensed health care provider that they are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because of a disability (which would include medical conditions) or provide an attestation that they are entitled to an accommodation because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

All of our offices are currently closed, but we will consider candidates to work from any of the below locations after we reopen, including the option to work remotely at another location within the U.S. Within the application, you will be asked to identify your top location choice(s). When responding, please consider your future preferred location(s).

Available locations:  Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Chicago, IL; Ann Arbor, MI; Oakland, CA; Seattle, WA; Remote

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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