Investigative Researcher

  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Jun 07, 2019
Full time Communications Enviromental Research

Job Description

Investigative Researcher

Center for Science and Democracy

Union of Concerned Scientists
Washington, DC

Are you an intrepid Internet sleuth: great at tracking down hard-to-find details, and then synthesizing your findings into a complete and satisfying picture? Are you interested in the Freedom of Information Act? The Center for Science and Democracy at UCS seeks an investigative researcher to conduct research into abuses of scientific integrity and the influence of special interests in policymaking. The right candidate will be self-motivated, organized, able to work rapidly and efficiently, and comfortable managing projects and working with diverse teams. If you have strong investigative research, analysis, and communication skills, and are interested in how science shapes policymaking, we invite you to apply.  





The position requires completion of a bachelor’s degree in science or humanities, or equivalent experience, and 2 to 4 years of experience demonstrating strong investigative research and analytical skills. Proficiency in computer applications including spreadsheets and word processing, and the ability to handle multiple tasks are required. Robust written and oral communication skills, high self-motivation, and solid organizational skills are necessary for this position. The ability to analyze and write quickly and clearly to meet the needs of the current media and congressional landscape is essential. An understanding of environmental policy and experience utilizing transparency laws such as the Freedom of Information Act is desirable, though not required. Most of all, candidate should possess a passion for improving the way in which science informs policy making, and an interest in working in the public interest/non-profit 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.