Lead, Science Hub for Climate Accountability

Lead, Science Hub for Climate Accountability
Two-year Position
Climate & Energy Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Washington, DC


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 stemming the tide of global warming, sustainable food policy and agriculture, energy and transportation, advancing racial equity, fighting misinformation, and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

Do you have experience with climate attribution science? Are you fired up to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for their role in global warming? We need you on our team. With dangerous climate impacts becoming ever more apparent and climate science denial blocking necessary action, it’s never been more important to work for the public, policy and legal accountability of fossil fuel companies in the US and internationally. That’s where you can help UCS.

As the Lead for a new UCS initiative called the Science Hub for Climate Accountability, you will provide scientific leadership and support to advance the goals of the organization’s climate accountability campaign, challenging major fossil fuel producers to take responsible action on climate change. Priorities include catalyzing, synthesizing, and communicating relevant science; building the community of scientists with relevant training and expertise, and identifying opportunities for their engagement on this issue; providing rapid scientific responses to developments in fossil fuel company accountability; and being a campaign spokesperson with key audiences.



Lead and coordinate scientific input to inform fossil fuel company accountability in key venues. Review evidence and communications for peer-reviewed scientific accuracy; identify key scientific gaps relevant to holding fossil fuel companies legally and publicly accountable for their role in climate change; help connect collaborators with experts in relevant geographic and technical areas to advise on climate risks, impacts, and solutions.

Catalyze, support, and implement research activities at the intersection of climate science and fossil fuel company accountability. Design and implement research projects; and work closely with UCS outreach and communications staff to ensure that research products are publicly resonant and campaign-relevant.

Collaborate with internal and external experts to design and conduct trainings for scientists to work effectively at the intersection of climate science and the law. Develop curricula on climate litigation and the law oriented toward a scientific audience; identify and recruit potential participants for online and in-person trainings, in coordination with UCS outreach staff. Collaborate with partners to develop a web-based platform of key scientific and legal training materials relevant to climate liability litigation.

Build a network of scientists working at the nexus of climate science and the law. Encourage and support the development of a community of practice among scientists doing research relevant to fossil fuel company accountability, in coordination with UCS outreach staff.

Be a UCS spokesperson on climate liability and fossil fuel producer accountability on social media platforms, with the media, and with specialized allies, constituencies, and coalitions.


Qualifications and experience

This position requires a Ph.D. in a relevant scientific field with three years post-doctoral work experience including at least two years relevant to this position.

  • Areas of expertise inclusive of but not limited to climate attribution science.
  • Strong quantitative, qualitative, and analytical skills and experience.
  • Exemplary writing, editing, and oral communication skills, as well as proven ability to write for a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, balance a multitude of tasks, be a self-starter, and collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Project management skills and experience.
  • Connections with a broad range of experts in the climate science field.
  • Comfortable working across disciplines.
  • Solid understanding of how science informs public policy, corporate, and legal accountability.
  • Proficiency in computer applications, including spreadsheets, word processing, specialized research software and basic programming.


  • Understanding of the socioeconomic as well as scientific dimensions of climate change.
  • Advocacy, outreach, coalition, and/or campaign experience.
  • Familiarity and skills in public speaking.
  • Knowledge of the fossil fuel industry and major fossil fuel companies.
  • Experience with corporate, financial and/or legal research and analysis.


At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

Will spend extended periods at computer. Significant travel is necessary, including 10 or more overnight trips per year (may include international travel).

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 two-year, grant-funded position based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $78,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org


To Apply: Please upload a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to https://www.workable.com/j/4B7127B51C . Please include salary requirements and how you learned about the position in the cover letter. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please.

Deadline: August 11, 2019 or until filled.

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