Spring Impact Research Fellow

Location: Remote (United States)  •  Hours: Part-Time  •  Start date: Spring 2023

Why Rho Impact

If you are excited about gaining experience assessing the potential for new technologies to avoid future GHG emissions, working with businesses to help them understand their climate impact, and developing data science tools to advance sustainability, then this opportunity may be a good fit for you!

The Opportunity:

Rho Impact is accepting applications for our Spring 2023 cohort of Impact Research Fellows to become expert practitioners of our open-source CRANE tool, developed in partnership with Prime Coalition and made possible through grants provided by the MacArthur Foundation, MassCEC, and NYSERDA. CRANE informs early-stage businesses and investors about the potential for new technologies to reduce or avoid future emissions. The goal of the CRANE software is to greatly decrease the time and resources required for investors, entrepreneurs, government agencies, incubators, and philanthropies to perform forward-looking, rigorous and transparent climate impact assessments. The key result is an emissions reduction potential (ERP) for the technology or company, which is the magnitude of the greenhouse gas emissions in million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMtCO2e) that can be avoided or abated as a result of deploying the new technology.

Impact Research Fellows will learn how to build technical solution models of low-GHG technologies and relevant markets through secondary research and engage in peer-review of one another’s models. Following a paid training period, fellows will have the opportunity to engage with Rho Impact clients to perform CRANE ERP analyses with the support of the Rho Impact team.

This is a part-time, remote position with a minimum duration of 8 weeks. Fellows will be paid a stipend for completion of the 8-week training program (averaging approx. 5 hours per week) and may then be invited to continue work as a contractor with Rho Impact whereby they will be compensated for each individual analysis.

About You:

  • Passionate about sustainable technologies and exploring complex systems
  • Comfortable working with prototype software
  • Enthusiastic to learn how to work with short coding scripts
  • Interested in a career in sustainability analytics
  • Someone with a passion for excellence, a good sense of humor, empathy and humility


  • A graduate student in a STEM program (preference will be given to PhD students in their 3rd year or later)
  • During the 8-week training period, available for 5 hours per week for a combination of research time and group training meetings
  • After the training period, occasionally available for 5-10 hours/week to work asynchronously and 30 minutes per week to attend group meetings aligned with an - -Eastern time zone to complete contracted work
  • Experienced in quantitative data analysis and scientific report development
  • Experienced with performing scientific literature reviews and aggregating data/findings from various sources to develop new insights
  • Familiar with life cycle analysis work and concepts

We value your interest and we would love to hear from you!

Please send an email to jobs@rhoimpact.com with a resume that includes the following items:
  • Your resume.
  • Links to anything else you would like to share (e.g. your website, blog posts, GitHub, etc.) to paint a picture of you and your work.
  • A separate document in which you share why you are interested in this role and Rho Impact, in particular.