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Emmett Climate Engineering Fellowship in Environmental Law and Policy 2020-2021

Recruitment Period

Open February 21st, 2020 through Friday, Apr 17, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


UCLA School of Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment invites applications for a fellowship in environmental law and policy, with particular focus on the societal implications, governance, and legal and policy issues posed by climate engineering (geoengineering). The fellowship is a full-time, one-year faculty position beginning July 1, 2020.

The Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment is dedicated to creating and advancing legal and policy solutions to climate change and other environmental challenges, and to training the next generation of leaders to address these issues. The program fosters informed debate and analysis to educate the public, policymakers, business leaders, and others on critical environmental issues.

The fellow will conduct research, and legal and policy analysis, relevant to the societal challenges posed by climate engineering technologies, including both large-scale atmospheric CO2 removal and interventions in the Earth’s radiation balance. Examples of specific areas of interest include:

  • The development of practical governance frameworks for proposed climate engineering research;

  • The assessment and monitoring needs posed by climate engineering interventions, and how these might be integrated into legal and regulatory frameworks;

  • Potential interactions of climate engineering proposals with existing and developing policy and legal frameworks for climate change, at both the international and national/sub-national level;

  • Potential interactions of climate engineering with climate-change adaptation, particularly concerning the unique vulnerabilities to climate change of low-income developing countries.

  • Identification of feasible early initiatives that may help develop longer-term governance capacity likely to be needed to respond to future proposals to conduct climate engineering

Fellows’ duties will consist principally of individual and collaborative research and writing, with some expected contribution to Emmett Institute projects such as conferences, workshops, and publications, and possible opportunities to teach. The specific configuration of responsibilities for the successful candidate will be developed in consultation with Professor Edward Parson.

Candidates should possess a Ph.D., J.D., or other advanced degree relevant to environmental law and policy, earned within the past several years or expected in the spring of 2020; a strong academic record; excellent analytical and writing skills; demonstrated interest and experience relevant to climate engineering; and a willingness and ability to engage new areas of inquiry as needed to succeed in interdisciplinary work. Candidates with scientific, technical, or economic skills related to public policy analysis are especially encouraged to apply. The salary is anticipated to be approximately $76,000 per year plus a competitive benefits package, subject to adjustment for seniority as warranted. UCLA School of Law has a special interest in enriching its intellectual environment through further diversifying the range of perspectives represented within the faculty.

Applicants should apply online at To apply, please submit a letter discussing qualifications and interests, a resume, a transcript of studies in graduate school or law school, a writing sample of no more than ten pages, and contact information for three references. Finalists will later be expected to supply at least two letters of recommendation during the final vetting process.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Wednesday, April 1, 2020 but will be considered thereafter through April 17, 2020 or until the position is filled.

Visit our website at for more information about our program.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

Job location

Los Angeles, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Please submit a letter discussing qualifications and interests

  • Resume or c.v. - Your most recently updated resume or c.v.

  • List of References - Contact information for three references

  • Transcript - A transcript of studies in graduate school or law school

  • Writing Sample - A writing sample of no more than ten pages

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)