Temporary Research Assistant

  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Feb 28, 2019
Full time Research

Job Description

Temporary Research Assistant

6-12 Month Temporary Position
Center for Science and Democracy

Union of Concerned Scientists
Washington, DC


The person who will fill this 6-12-month research assistant position will research the effects of sidelining science in policy decisions on the most disadvantaged communities in the US through mapping, geographic modeling, and policy analysis. The research assistant will have opportunities to create and develop maps that illustrate the effects of anti-science actions to communities around the US—and will present these products to congressional members, CSD partner organizations, and the academic community. They will disseminate their research on the impacts that anti-science actions have on the public good and our environment and will utilize their work and voice to advance the role of science for a more just and functioning democracy. The ideal candidate will have strong analytical skills and technical expertise in modeling and mapping using geographic information systems. They’ll be comfortable working with experts, activists, and justice-based partners, and people from a wide variety of backgrounds. 





Completion of a bachelor’s degree in a scientific field, or equivalent experience. The position also requires 1 to 3 years of experience demonstrating strong analytical skills. Additionally, 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. 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. The ability to analyze and write quickly to meet the needs of the current media and congressional landscape is essential.


May spend extended periods at computer terminal.  Extremely limited travel may be required.


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.