Climate Scientist

Organization Description

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. What began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 400,000 citizens and scientists. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. UCS members understand that scientific analysis–not political calculations or corporate hype–should guide our efforts to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. UCS experts work on some of the most complex and daunting problems in our history: stemming the tide of global warming, finding sustainable ways to feed, power and transport ourselves, and reducing the threat of catastrophic war. The achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet.


Position Description

Within UCS’s Climate & Energy Program, the Senior Climate Scientist will work under the direction of both the Director of Program Development and the Senior Climate Scientist & Climate Campaign Analytic Lead. The Senior Climate Scientist role is twofold: 1) to define, scope, and research analytical products to advance the climate campaign in future years, and 2) to play an active role in Climate Campaign work involving rapid response media work and representing UCS externally as well as research/analysis projects with a duration of several months. The role of the Senior Climate Scientist is also designed to: 1) work extensively with the Senior Climate Scientist & Climate Campaign Analytic Lead to conceptualize, develop, and/or review immediate and major campaign products on climate science, ensuring scientific accuracy while striving for public understanding; 2) Serve as a UCS resource for media, outreach and policy activities by providing robust, timely, accessible and policy-relevant information on certain climate science and impacts topics and; 3) Provide expert technical and analytical advice for Climate Program Development and the Climate Campaign, as needed.

Additional information can be found on the Union of Concerned Scientists website:


Job Qualifications

Ideal candidates will have a strong background in knowledge of climate science and impacts and demonstrable ability to understand the public policy aspects of climate change and the role of technical analyses and advocacy in informing public opinion and policy debates; and five to seven years of relevant work experience, including communicating science to a wide variety of audiences, especially the media. Experience with the application of climate science to public policy a plus. Strong public speaking skills, a demonstrable ability to write for non-technical audiences, and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team. A PhD in a relevant field required. At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.



This is a full-time position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the high 80’s. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment, and is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff and to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.



January 2, 2014, or until filled.


To Apply

Please submit a résumé, cover letter, salary requirements. Also include how you learned about the position and send via email to with “Climate Scientist” in the subject line. Email materials in Microsoft Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.

Washington, District of Columbia
Union of Concerned Scientists