Sr. Associate - Petrochemicals & Refining,Climate Intelligence Program

Do you love to solve challenging problems, thinking about dynamic systems, and working in groups? Do you also have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, and ability to persuade others toward meaningful results? Do you have a passion for making the world a better place? If yes, then join our growing team! RMI is leading the clean energy transition by creating market and technological solutions to address climate change.  


Program Overview 

RMI’s Climate Intelligence Program focuses on making emissions visible and translating data into actionable insights and tools for those best positioned to reduce emissions. We collaborate with a global network of NGOs, academics, policymakers, financial institutions, and businesses to enable emissions reductions in some of the highest emitting industrial sectors. Our work focuses not only on quantifying the risks of climate inaction but also on identifying emerging opportunities to meet 1.5-degree climate targets. 


Position Overview 

RMI is looking to hire an Associate or Senior Associate for our Climate Intelligence program, with a focus on Life Cycle Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Oil Refining and Petrochemical Supply Chain.  You will work with the Climate Intelligence Leadership team to develop and analyze emissions accounting from various process streams, with a heavy emphasis on US and global Chemical Manufacturing.   


Your Key Responsibilities:   

  • Develop, model, and evaluate process simulations for petrochemical emission sources throughout the value chain 
  • Operate and create analytical tools for handling multivariate datasets, including Oil and Gas emissions and operational activity data  
  • Manage stakeholder relations with refinery & petrochemical plant operators, industry consultants, regulators, and academic researchers  
  • Offer technical assistance on emissions monitoring capabilities, greenhouse gas inventory calculations, and process engineering    
  • Engage with community of methane, greenhouse gas, and air toxic experts and industry leaders  
  • Perform literature reviews and data sourcing to support greenhouse gas and other emissions models  
  • Synthesize recommendations into clear and compelling presentations  
  • Present quantitative information in a clear, visual format for public consumption, such as for whitepapers, journal articles, and RMI publications.  

Minimum Qualifications:   

  • Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field such as chemical engineering, environmental or physical sciences + 4 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 eliminating methane and other emissions from the petrochemical supply chain   

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Experience in the petrochemical industry, regulatory agencies, consulting, project management, or other related fields.  
  • Knowledge of chemical manufacturing processes and oil refining  
  • Experience with lifecycle assessments with a preferred focus on oil and gas supply chains 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in with process simulation tools such as ASPEN-HYSYS, ProMax, PRO/II.   

We invite candidates with a variety of skillsets, educational and work backgrounds!


This position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected that these roles be located at one of our office locations (Boulder/Basalt, CO; New York, NY; Oakland, CA; D.C.), with a preference in Boulder. This will be discussed further throughout the interview process.    

Important Note: As a U.S. federal contractor, RMI must comply with requirements outlined Executive Order Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. This Executive Order requires that all federal contractors and subcontractors mandate and verify that all U.S. based employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are based in the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination status as a condition of employment. You may request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons. If you are based outside of the U.S., this requirement does not apply.


The starting Senior Associate level salary is $79,000-$93,000.This role has an additional 5% annual bonus target.  Salary to be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.   


  • We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:     
  • Medical, dental, vision insurance     
  • 403b retirement options (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     
  • Commuter and wellness benefits     
  • Casual work environment     


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, marital status, socioeconomic class, educational attainment or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization, ensuring 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.     

  RMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.      

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.  



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