6 Month Temporary Position
Center for Science and Democracy
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet's most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for addressing global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.
The Center for Science and Democracy (CSD) at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is dedicated to advancing the essential role of science, evidence-based knowledge, and constructive debate in the U.S. policymaking process, using three core strategies: restoring public confidence in, and support for, the use of independent science in public policy making; helping decision makers, citizens and journalists distinguish evidence-based information from propaganda; and working with scientists to help them engage in effective communication with the public, media and decision makers.
The Research Assistant will carry out research on a variety of science policy topics. Focusing on how science is used in policy making, they will help develop analyses and reports that advance the role of science in the democratic process. Work will include tracking and helping with responses to attacks on science in federal policy ranging from Congressional attempts to undermine science to Trump administration policy decisions that fail to adequately consider science.
The research assistant will be responsible for assisting in research tasks including scoping, writing, analyzing, and developing public-facing materials based on their research. Most tasks will be computer-focused; however, the research assistant will participate in frequent group meetings, be part of idea-brainstorming sessions, and will have opportunities to present and discuss their research with the CSD team and other UCS staff.
Qualifications and Experience
The position requires 2 to 4 years of comparable experience demonstrating strong analytical skills. Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong research skills. An understanding of environmental policy is desirable, though not required. Robust written and oral communications abilities, considerable self-motivation, and solid organizational skills are necessary for this position. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively both through written and oral capacities. Candidate should have the ability to work independently, a strong attention to detail, and interest in exploring diverse topics in the science policy realm. Candidates should have an interest in how science informs decision making and/or working in the public/nonprofit sector.
May spend extended periods at computer terminal. This position does not require travel.
At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.
UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we're dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We're also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.
Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, 6-month temporary position based in UCS's Washington, DC office. Looking for someone to start around May. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $41,800 annualized. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and how you learned about the position via email to (see application details) and include "Science and Democracy Research Assistant" in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please. Deadline: March 18, 2018 or until filled.