The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is seeking an associate analyst to support the work of its Scientific Integrity Program.
The Program: The UCS Scientific Integrity Program works to defend science and scientists from political interference in their work and restore scientific integrity to federal policymaking. The scientific community over the past several years has witnessed significant manipulation, suppression, and distortion of federal government agency science research and federal advisory committees and the censorship of scientists. President Obama has pledged to “restore science to its rightful place,” a complex task that needs input, support, and oversight. For more information, see www.ucsusa.org/scientific_integrity.
The Position: The person who takes this position will manage, design, and carry out independent research projects to increase understanding and visibility of scientific integrity issues. The associate analyst compiles, writes, and edits technical and policy analyses, reports, fact sheets, and other materials, often under tight deadlines. The associate analyst monitors current events and identifies issues with a scientific integrity component. This requires the associate analyst to develop a familiarity with a wide array of public health, environmental and science-related topics and laws, and the legal and organizational structure of multiple government agencies over a variety of topics.
As appropriate, the associate analyst participates in the development of scientific integrity policy, outreach and advocacy initiatives. The person in this position represents SIP interests in relevant policy-related coalitions and workshops; tracks scientific integrity aspects of relevant legislation; develops internal systems to manage research information and facilitate and coordinate information exchange among members of the program; and assists in the education and management of day to day activities of SI interns.
Qualifications: The position requires comprehensive knowledge of a scientific field, generally obtained through a master's degree or equivalent experience. The ability to analyze and write quickly to meet the needs of the current media and congressional landscape is essential.
Candidates should possess a solid understanding of how science informs public policy and a familiarity with general public health and environmental concepts and issues. Robust written and oral communications abilities, strong quantitative and analytical skills, and a working knowledge of and interest in the way in which the U.S.
government functions are necessary for this position. Most of all, candidates should possess a passion for improving the way in which science informs policy making, and a demonstrable commitment to working in the public interest/non-profit sector. Work requires at least four years of advanced education or progressively responsible experience in a scientific discipline and ideally experience with science policy development and analysis and advocacy.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, list of three references, and two writing samples no longer than five pages each (one of which must non-academic writing, such as a memo, op-ed, press release, or blog post) to Jobs(at)ucsusa.org – Please include “Associate Analyst” in subject line. No phone calls, please.
Application Deadline: As soon as possible, but no later than Sunday, June 6, 2010