Lead, Scientists and Analysts Group

Cambridge, Massachusetts
For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $78,000
Jan 18, 2019
Mar 19, 2019
Organization Type
Non-Profit and Associations

Lead, Scientists and Analysts Group

Executive Department

Union of Concerned Scientists

Cambridge MA

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, advancing clean energy and transportation policy, promoting sustainable food and agricultural policy, and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

UCS seeks an outstanding candidate for a multifaceted role within our organization: the lead of our scientist and analyst group. Ideally, you’ll have worked as a scientist, and you’ll understand the kind of leadership and support scientists need to perform their jobs well. We want you to lead by building community among our 60+ staff scientists and analysts, and support their work by ensuring they have training, tools, guidance, and essential support as they produce the high-quality, timely, policy-relevant research UCS is known for.

We seek a scientist with a strong track record of research support and project management; excellent outreach and communication skills, a commitment to equity and inclusion in research and analysis, and enthusiasm for enhancing the role of science and scientists in policymaking.




  • Lead the UCS Scientists and Analysts (S&A) group and manage the S&A group budget
  • Work with UCS scientists and analysts across programs and offices to strengthen community, share information, and solicit input on S&A group priorities
  • Convene regular group discussions on key issues that staff scientists and analysts face as they conduct and communicate research in an advocacy organization
  • Support cross-cutting initiatives to strengthen science and analysis at UCS. These currently include initiatives to support the incorporation of racial equity into UCS research; maintain and reinforce UCS guidelines on peer-review and traceable accounting of research and authorship; and increase the internal and external visibility of UCS research guidelines and staff publications
  • Foster discussion and adoption of best practices to ensure equity and inclusion in UCS research and analysis
  • Encourage and support S&A staff participation in scientific society meetings and other professional conferences
  • Support and encourage S&A staff publishing in peer-reviewed journals and raise visibility of staff publications within UCS
  • Provide input on new or emerging UCS research projects and research tools of significant cross-program interest
  • Learn from and build connections with key external experts on science and related policy issues



  • Identify, facilitate, and guide additional initiatives to strengthen science and analysis at UCS

Qualifications and Experience

This position requires an advanced degree (PhD or equivalent) in the physical, natural or social sciences, 5-7 years of experience in managing and supporting scientists, and a track record of effective research and research support, preferably in fields related to UCS priorities.

The position also requires excellent outreach, communication, and project management skills, and an ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and teams that support and advance project goals.

Training or experience in incorporating racial and other equity considerations in research and/or outreach is highly desirable. 

Successful applicants will also have keen analytic, organizational, and problem-solving skills.

Expertise in Microsoft Office suite, experience with budget and contract management and supervisory experience are highly desirable.

May spend extended periods at a computer. Travel to other UCS offices and/or scientific society meetings and events expected on a roughly quarterly basis.

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 position based in UCS’s Cambridge 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, a curriculum vitae and a writing sample to https://www.workable.com/j/25F1484A03. Please include salary requirements in the cover letter. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.

Deadline: February 24th, 2019 or until filled.