Full Time

Research Assistant (6-12 mo), Center for Science and Democracy at Union of Concerned Scientists

Fields: climate change, policy, geography, science, GIS

Location: DC,

About the Organization: The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit working to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis, effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for addressing global warming, advancing sustainable food and agriculture policy, promoting clean energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war. The Center for Science and Democracy (CSD) stands at the forefront of ensuring that science remains in policy decisions that safeguard the health and safety of the public and our environment.

About the Position:

  • Develop maps that illustrate the future effects of sea-level rise and flooding across the United States.
  • Support the research, development, and timely submission of analytical products, including mapping the impacts of policy decisions on disadvantaged communities using geographic information systems modeling, and scientific integrity case studies.
  • Conduct research, including policy impacts on equity, on issues such as chemical safety, climate impacts, and air pollution exposure, with consideration for how use and misuse of science in policy affects vulnerable populations and communities of color.
  • Provide investigative research support for the Stand Up for Science team on issues that diminish the role of science in federal policy making.
  • Report research results in oral and written form to supervisors, colleagues, experts, public, media, executive branch, and congressional representatives.
  • Write and edit reports, respond to questions and criticisms, and revise products as necessary.
  • Work and consult with CSD staff on a variety of research-related tasks, including rapid response, report design and production, and public messaging.

Special Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree in a scientific field, or equivalent experience is preferred. The position also requires 1 to 3 years of experience demonstrating strong analytical skills.
  • The ideal candidate will have technical experience in using geographic information systems (GIS) modeling to produce maps illustrating the impacts of the loss of science-based safeguards (e.g., the impacts of future extreme floods on low-income communities).
  • This position requires strong quantitative and analytical skills, project management experience, ability to function well in teams, and an interest in how science informs public policy.
  • Familiarity with general concepts and issues in politics is needed. The ability to analyze and write quickly to meet the needs of the current media and congressional landscape is essential.
  • Proficiency in personal computer applications, including spreadsheet, word processing, specialized research software, and basic programming, and ability to handle multiple tasks is required.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, for scientific and general audiences, required.

Estimated Salary: For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is $41,800. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.

Deadline: March 31, 2019 or until filled

Apply Here:
Union of Concerned Scientists


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