Chemicals and Refining Senior Associate - Climate Aligned Industries

Remote (U.S.)
17 days ago
Full time role


RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a ...

View Company Profile

Job Description

Job Description:

Do you love to solve challenging problems, thinking in numbers, and a passion for making the world better? Do you also have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, and ability to strive towards meaningful results for industrial decarbonization? If yes, then join our growing team! 


Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is seeking Senior Associate roles to support the Climate Aligned Industries program. 


We highly encourage individuals of underrepresented groups to apply! 


Program Overview 


The Climate Aligned Industries (CAI) Program at RMI is focused on decarbonizing the heavy industrial sectors, implementing market mechanisms and supporting policy implementation to limit global warming to 1.5 °C and achieve cost parity for decarbonization solutions. It currently brings together heavy industry sectors (aviation, cement, chemicals, steel and shipping) with our cross-cutting green hydrogen projects (The Green Hydrogen Catapult and Industrial Hubs). 


Acting now is critical to meet our global climate targets. Scaling Giga-Watts requires a whole system approach that requires multi-stakeholder inclusion, catalyzing demand and building infrastructure. 


Position Overview 


As a Senior Associate on our Chemicals & Refining team, you are a creative problem solver who uses your analytical abilities to conduct compelling research and assessment to support various sectoral analysis for chemicals sector climate action. You will work with the Climate Aligned Industries leadership team to develop sector transition strategies, build techno-economic models, convene chemicals industry stakeholders, analyze relevant policies, and catalyze market-driven solutions. As an integral member of the team, you will be on the forefront implementing change towards a decarbonized Chemicals sector. 


We look for aptitude at solving challenging problems, thinking in numbers, and working in groups. We expect self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, the ability to drive oneself and others toward meaningful results, and a passion for making the world better. RMI Senior Associates are independent contributors and work closely with colleagues on projects under the direction of more senior staff. They have begun to develop expertise in the content area of their program within RMI and can provide support internal to RMI on that topic. 


In the day-to-day, this could take the form of: 

  • Thinking critically about chemical manufacturing processes and providing thought leadership on how to mitigate their environmental impacts. 

  • Developing a theoretical framework for calculating the levelized impact of public/governmental incentives in different markets. 

  • Analytical research into the impact of trade and policy on industry growth. 

  • Generating insights on the landed cost of decarbonized commodities imports for different markets and creating materials for engagements with policy makers 


You will also collaborate with other programs within RMI (e.g., Carbon Free Electricity, Climate Intelligence Program) and Regional Teams (US, China, India, Global South) given the cross-cutting applications. 


Your Key Responsibilities:   

  • Provide quantitative analysis and modeling for project evaluation. 

  • Locate and manage high quality data that sheds new light on problems and solutions. 

  • Come up with creative problem-solving approaches to drive project insight 

  • Offer technical assistance on life cycle analyses, technoeconomic modeling, and process engineering. 

  • Develop strategic thinking on chemicals markets and investment opportunities with ability to create compelling business cases for stakeholders 

  • Synthesize recommendations into clear and compelling presentations and written reports. 

  • Support and sometimes lead stakeholder relations with chemical and refinery plant operators, industry consultants, regulators, and academic researchers. 

  • Present quantitative information in a clear, visual format for public consumption, such as for white papers, journal articles, and RMI publications. 

  • Engage with external experts via interviews, conferences, and respond to outreach requests. 

  • Structure and guide the work of more junior team members. 

  • Design and create approaches and quantitative models (e.g., technoeconomic) to effectively address key questions and challenges posed by our research goals and clients. 

  • Contribute publicly at conferences, share expertise in response to media requests, discuss our work with clients and donors, and direct RMI research collaborations. 



Minimum Qualifications:   

  • Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field such as chemical engineering, environmental or physical sciences

  • 3 years of relevant work experience  OR a M.S. degree in a related field + 2 years of relevant work experience. 

  • Driven, entrepreneurial, demonstrates initiative and creativity. 

  • Strong problem-solving, research and writing skills. 

  • Commitment to deep decarbonization of the Chemicals sector. 


Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Knowledge of chemical manufacturing processes and oil refining. 

  • Experience with life-cycle assessments and emissions accounting with a preferred focus on chemicals supply chains. 

  • Experience in the chemicals and refining industry, regulatory agencies, consulting, project management, or other related fields. 

  • Experience working with technology development and commercialization and/or deep tech startups 

  • Experience working among diverse groups with varying perspectives and/or facilitating challenging conversations. 

  • Project finance modeling. 

  • Familiarity with process simulation tools and heat/mass balance methodology 


We invite candidates with a variety of skill sets, educational and work backgrounds to apply.  


We are a remote-ready organization with team members around the globe. Our beautiful and welcoming offices are available for meetings or focused work, whether you are traveling through or living nearby. Our U.S. offices are in New York City; Washington DC; Oakland, California; Boulder, Colorado; and Basalt, Colorado. This role can be located from anywhere in the continental United States. 

We provide you with the essential IT equipment plus a one-time home technology payment and a monthly work from home/commuter allowance to ensure you have a comfortable home office set up and necessary supplies.    

We love seeing each other in person! We occasionally gather for shared time together like retreats and learning experiences. Be ready to travel for occasional in-person meetings (and of course, we cover travel costs). This role may be expected to travel for team events which occur approximately twice a year. 


RMI compensates based on the level and requirements of the role. Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data. The salary range for this position is $81,000-$98,000. You would also have an additional 5% bonus target!   



We offer a comprehensive benefits package adjusted to regional norms, including (for U.S. employment):   

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance   

  • 403b retirement options (up to 5% match immediately)    

  • Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability 

  • Professional and personal development (including LinkedIn Learning access)    

  • Generous paid time off   

  • Parental leave    

  • Work from home and commuter allowance 



Increasing the diversity of thought, perspectives, ideas and opinions within RMI is a critical change element supporting our long-term sustainability and mission to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.      

We strive for a level of diversity that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, socioeconomic class, educational attainment or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization. This ensures that we:    

  • Have the different array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.    

  • Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating others with dignity, respect and appreciation enabling them to feel welcomed, supported and valued.    

  • Effectively connect, communicate and build long-lasting relationships with decision makers, stakeholders and constituents within diverse communities.    

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.         


About RMI 

RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a 1.5°C future and secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. We work in the world’s most critical geographies and engage businesses, policymakers, communities, and NGOs to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50 percent by 2030. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing. 

RMI is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a ...

View Company Profile

Similar jobs

See all similar jobs