The Breakthrough Institute is an environmental think tank based in Oakland, California. We identify and promote technological solutions to environmental problems in three areas: energy, food & agriculture, and conservation.
We are currently hiring a Senior Energy Analyst who will assist the Director of Climate and Energy in completing original research and analysis, writing articles for our website and external publication, and developing new projects. They will focus on energy research projects, writing for external publications, public speaking and workshop participation, building partnerships with new organizations, and advising on any related work internally. Ability to think creatively and work in a group is essential. We are particularly interested in applicants that have some background in electricity grid modeling. This role is full time and will be in-person in our office in the East Bay starting in the second half of 2021. This position will report to the Director of Climate and Energy.
The Breakthrough Institute welcomes candidates who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds, and who are eager to learn about many ways of viewing the world. Our goal is to create a community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.
Why join the Breakthrough team?
Learn from the best in the business. We convene a powerful network of social scientists, journalists, scholars, academics, innovators, and entrepreneurs. As a part of the team you will get to learn from the thought leaders and influencers in energy and the environment.
Brilliant coworkers who love what they do. We are in this for the same reason – to make a positive impact on the world around us – so we build each other up, support each other, and put our mission above our egos. We’re a friendly and collaborative group. That means you will be able to learn and work with a wide variety of people.
Execute existing energy research agenda
Attend meetings as Breakthrough’s expert, speak on panels, and give interviews on subject knowledge
Contribute ideas for Breakthrough Dialogues and other events
Propose collaboration with Senior Fellows and keep Senior Fellows informed of relevant Breakthrough work
Contribute energy projects to funding proposals and engage with funders as needed
Undertake qualitative and quantitative research for internal and external use, including memos, reports, working papers, and peer-reviewed publications
Write articles for the Breakthrough website and external publications
Contribute to research and funding proposals as needed
Engage with key audiences on social media such as Twitter
Follow the discourse on energy issues and propose new areas of research
Continuously develop quantitative and qualitative research methods and skills
Scope out energy-related projects for our Breakthrough Generation Fellowship program and supervise Generation fellows
Additional hours may be required to meet deadlines. Some travel and evening time may be required depending on events, invitations, presentations, meetings, and other job-related work outside of the office.
$95,000 annually. Health, vision, and dental, insurance; vacation and sick-time, parental leave, commuter benefits, professional development stipend.
Please do not submit application materials on this site. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to jobs[at]thebreakthrough.org. In the subject line, please write [Your Name] - Senior Energy Analyst. Your cover letter should reflect on Breakthrough’s work and how you could contribute. Please mention in your email how you found this position. We encourage you to submit materials as soon as possible, as we will interview and hire on a near-term rolling basis.
Minimum of 3-5 years of experience or academic background in energy, nuclear, or environmental policy
Demonstrated experience writing for non-technical audiences
Experience critically reviewing and synthesizing academic literature
Motivation to learn new skills, propose ideas, and take ownership of projects
Desire to develop thought leadership profile in area of expertise
Master’s or PhD degree
Experience with grid-scale modeling
Experience with data analysis in Python, R, or similar programs
Social media presence
Additional Salary Information: Health, vision, and dental, insurance; vacation and sick-time, parental leave, commuter benefits, professional development stipend.
About The Breakthrough Institute
The Breakthrough Institute is an energy and environmental research center based in Oakland, California. Our work is premised on the belief that humans can protect nature by using technology to limit the negative impacts on the environment. Basically, we envision a world that is good for both people and nature. We achieve this goal through our three focus areas: energy, conservation, and food and farming.