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Nuclear Research Fellow (2 Year) at Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of more than 3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 600 lawyers, scientists and other professionals to fight for the planet and its people in the halls of Congress, communities across the country, and nations around the globe. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.

Position Summary:

NRDC is seeking a two-year research fellow to work with the Nuclear team within the Climate and Clean Energy Program in our Washington, DC office. The NRDC Nuclear team focuses on environmental and public health impacts of nuclear energy, which includes nuclear reactor safety, spent nuclear fuel, radiation in the environment, nuclear security and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The research fellow will contribute to NRDC's mission through both individual project work and tasks supporting program efforts.


  • Performing calculations and technical analysis
  • Authoring and contributing to NRDC publications and to scientific publication of research in peer-reviewed professional journals
  • Participating in advocacy & scientific meetings
  • Technical support for NRDC litigation and NRDC comments on Federal rulemaking


  • Graduate degree (Ph.D., M.S. or M.A.) in physics, engineering or a field closely related to NRDC's work on nuclear policy
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision and clearly communicate and interact in a small team environment.
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Data analysis skills and familiarity with computer programming tools
  • Fluency in English

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience working with industry, academia, NGOs, and state and federal government officials.
  • Experience with advocacy and policy analysis.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, which addresses: (a) why the position is desired; (b) how the candidate is qualified; and (c) what project-related issues interest the candidate. Applicants should also submit a resume, writing sample, and any example of relevant work products that were conducted or developed by the candidate.

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/careers and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care at 1-800-889-4422.

For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org

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