Senior Research Associate

Apply by: 02.10.2022

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Salary Range: $80,000–$90,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience

Location: Anywhere in Canada

The Role

Reporting to the Research Director, the Senior Research Associate will support the Director and the Research Lead in identifying research to improve climate change mitigation policy in Canada and executing research projects, including conducting literature reviews, providing core data synthesis and analysis, writing content for Institute publications, collaborating with Adaptation and Clean Growth teams, contributing to research communications strategies and supporting stakeholder engagement.

The Senior Research Associate will join the Mitigation team at the Institute. Our mitigation research explores policies — whether at municipal, provincial/territorial, Indigenous, or federal orders of government — that can help Canada achieve its greenhouse gas emissions reductions milestones on the way to achieving net zero by 2050. Our research assesses trade-offs of alternative policy options in reducing emissions, including the efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and distributional implications. We consider all sectors of the economy and all regions of the country. Ultimately, we aim to provide policy advice rooted in analysis and evidence.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  •  Master’s degree in Public Policy, Social Sciences, Economics, Environmental, Sustainability or Climate Change Studies, Resource Management, or other relevant field of study if combined with relevant policy research experience.
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Strong understanding of current climate policies (especially provincial and federal) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in core policy research competencies including literature review, data synthesis, and analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience creating evidence-based policy analysis and the social and/or economic implications of those options.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate technical analysis into accessible, compelling narratives, and a track record of successful contribution to communication and engagement activities.
  • Bilingualism in French and English  is a strong asset.  

Additional Details

  • This position is eligible for four weeks’ paid vacation and health care benefits.
  • We are committed to equity and encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, women, LGBTQIA2S+ and persons with disabilities.
  • Work is done in a virtual environment with Institute staff located across the country. The selected candidate would work from home and must be based and eligible to work in Canada.

About the Institute

The Canadian Climate Institute is Canada’s national, independent, climate research and policy organization. Learn more at

To Apply

Send one PDF file including a cover letter and resume outlining your interest and qualifications to and labelled LastName_FirstName_JobPosition. We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.