Software Developer


Are you passionate about helping the financial sector contribute to fighting climate change? Do you love solving challenging problems, thinking in numbers and working in groups? Do you also have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity and ability to persuade others toward meaningful results? If yes, then join our growing team!

We highly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply!

RMI is seeking an Associate to support our exciting new workstream focused on providing tools to assist banks, investors, and financial supervisors to measure the climate-alignment of financial portfolios and clients. RMIers bring a variety of skillsets, and we welcome candidates with diverse educational and work backgrounds. We will carefully review each application to determine the appropriate starting position level (Associate or Senior Associate), and this will be communicated during the interview process. 

About PACTA:

The Paris Agreement Capital Transition Assessment (or PACTA) is the world first and only free of charge and open-source alignment tool that allows financial institution to measure the alignment of their portfolios. PACTA is independent, science-based and actionable. PACTA measures alignment per sector and technology. The reason being that each sector needs to decarbonize at its own speed, with the Power and Auto sector needing to decarbonize faster than for example Steel and Cement. 

PACTA allows users to incorporate alignment considerations into their sustainable finance strategies and governance, risk management, as well as engagement and target setting. PACTA allows you to fulfill the scenario analysis recommendations of the TCFD. 

PACTA offers a free online tool for investors. Investors upload their portfolios and receive an interactive report within minutes. In 2021, the Platform had more than 1700 registered users. This tool was launched in 2018. PACTA also offers a stand-alone offline version for banks. In 2021, more than 75 banks from all over the world ran this software. This tool was launched in 2020,  

PACTA also offers a Coordinated Projects programme to governments, supervisors and trade bodies, where the alignment of an entire financial sector is measured at once, and where individual financial institutions often receive individual reports. So far this has been run in more than 16 countries, analyzing more than 2,600 financial institutions and over €11 trillion in assets.

Position Overview:

You will support the Tech Lead to maintain the PACTA tool and develop i improvements across the functions of the tool across all user groups: banks, investors, governments, and supervisors. You will work closely with Analysts to evaluate the feasibility of new projects and research directions.

As a Software Developer, you are a creative problem solver who uses your quantitative, technical and analytical abilities to conduct compelling research and assessment around vital energy issues. You will collaborate with team members to craft visionary yet practical solutions for our research questions and clients. 

You will be an independent contributor and work closely with colleagues on projects under the direction of more senior staff. You will develop expertise in the content area of your specific program within RMI and will provide subject-matter support on that topic to other RMIers. 

Your key job responsibilities as a Software Developer primarily include: 

  •  Write R code implementing the PACTA Methodology
  • Support internal and external PACTA users in understanding how to use our software
  • Contribute to code quality by improving tests and documentation
  •  Design system architecture focused on stability, efficiency, and security
  • Work with the rest of our team to understand issues and explore solutions

Minimum Qualifications  

  • Undergraduate degree in an applicable field such as engineering (mechanical, electrical, civil, energy), business (marketing, finance, international), finance, international development, public policy, economics, computer science, mathematics, architecture, physical and social sciences. 
  • Experience coding dashboards or apps
  • Advanced experience in R

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in an applicable field
  • Demonstrable experience with data analysis
  • Good understanding of statistics is a plus.
  • Previous work, internship or research experience in data analysis, finance, energy or climate-related topics
  • Ability to stick with a problem through resolution but also knowing when to ask for help.
  • Ability to listen actively, be diplomatic, and share knowledge and information well.
  • Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines and take risks by exploring and testing new ideas.
  • Experience working among diverse groups with varying perspectives and/or facilitating challenging conversations. 
  • Demonstrated initiative and accomplishment in previous work. 


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.


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