Associate Researcher, Aviation Program

Position Description

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has an immediate opening for a highly committed, self-motivated person to join us as a full-time Associate Researcher in the Aviation Program. This position will support research to identify, refine, and promote policies to reduce the environmental impacts of commercial aviation. A key short-term focus will be on developing policies to manage the air quality, climate, and noise-related impacts of emerging supersonic aircraft. This work will directly inform and influence international policymaking at the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and national policymaking undertaken by the US Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Primary Responsibilities

  • Researching the noise, air quality, and climate impacts of commercial supersonic aircraft;
  • Benchmarking and comparing the fuel efficiency of airlines using established ICCT methodologies;
  • Supporting the implementation of policies to reduce aviation emissions in the US, notably the implementation of ICAO recommended standards by FAA and EPA;
  • Synthesizing technical information into policy-relevant documents and presentations for both technical and non-technical audiences;
  • Engaging with external stakeholders including government officials, NGOs, academics, and industry to build trust and partnerships;
  • Organizing workshops, meetings, and other outreach activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in engineering, environmental science, environmental policy, energy and resources, or a transportation-related field or other relevant subject; or a Bachelor’s degree plus two to three years of related experience;
  • Significant modeling experience (e.g. emissions, dispersion, operations, etc.) or hands-on familiarity with comparative benchmarking studies, along with the ability to manage and analyze large datasets;
  • Superior written and verbal communications skills, plus good interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent quantitative, analytical, and research skills combined with strategic problem-solving and organizational skills;
  • Good working understanding of transportation engineering, aviation policy, and/or air quality issues;
  • Superior proficiency with MS Excel, MS Word, and PowerPoint;
  • Familiarity with efficiency technologies and emissions controls for other modes is desirable;
  • International experience is preferred. Ability to travel internationally is required.

Position Details

This is a full-time position located in the ICCT’s San Francisco office – for more experienced candidates, posting in our Berlin office may also be considered. We offer a competitive salary plus an excellent benefits package, including group health, a 401(k) with a 7% contribution, transportation subsidy, and other benefits. The ICCT is an independent, global, non-profit research organization that supports effective policymaking related to climate change and public health by providing timely, accurate, data-driven research and advice to regulators, NGOs, and other stakeholders. The ICCT offers a mission-driven, egalitarian, culturally diverse workplace where intelligence, flexibility, transparency, and good humor are highly valued. Learn more about us at


To apply, please send your resume, a cover letter indicating your interest, salary expectations, a writing or project sample and the name and contact information of three references to (subject: “Aviation Associate”). Applicants without a cover letter will receive less consideration. The position is open immediately and will remain open until filled. No calls and no recruiters, please. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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