Clean Energy Scientist/Engineer


PSE Healthy Energy is a non-profit energy science and policy research institute dedicated to supplying evidence-based scientific information and resources on the environmental, public health, social equity, and climate dimensions of energy production and use. Our work focuses on oil and gas, power plants, renewable energy, energy storage, and energy transitions. Much of our positive, dedicated, and high-functioning team is based out of our headquarters in Oakland, CA with staff also located across the United States.

PSE’s mission is to bring scientific transparency and clarity to energy policy discussions, helping to level the playing field between communities, the media, policymakers, and the private sector by generating, translating, and disseminating scientific information. No other interdisciplinary collaboration of physicians, scientists, and engineers exists to focus specifically on issues of health and sustainability at the intersection of energy science and policy.


The Clean Energy Transition Scientist/Engineer will be responsible for research and data analysis across a range of projects and focus areas, including, but not limited to energy equity and access, climate resilience, greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions, and clean energy transitions across economic sectors. The role will require being flexible, working with multiple team members and external collaborators, and responding quickly to changing research needs. Specific initial projects will likely address energy cost burdens, the integration of non-energy (e.g. public health, social equity) benefits into power sector decarbonization, and community-level pollution reduction strategies. The role will require both leading specific project components and supporting broader collaborative efforts. The ideal candidate will be comfortable conducting research and analysis while also communicating data and scientific information to stakeholders from non-technical backgrounds, including collaborating with external partners to manage regulator relationships. The candidate should be self-motivated, willing to adapt to multiple roles, ready to bring new ideas to the table, and excited to work in an environment where there is always more to learn and there is always a new frame to put on a problem.


  • Research: utilize strong investigatory, analytical, and writing skills to conduct data analysis, synthesize and aggregate relevant papers or research, edit documents and reports, visualize data, and both support and lead specific PSE research initiatives. Energy systems modeling, statistical analysis, and other technical skills strongly desired.
  • Education and outreach: write clear scientific explanations through media and blog posts; work with communities, non-profits, and other stakeholders to identify research and data needs; communicate scientific concepts directly to citizens, policymakers, NGOs and the media; and produce summaries of findings and rapid response analyses for the public and decisionmakers.


In addition to an ability to meet the above responsibilities, the position will require the applicant to possess most of the following, with some capabilities in the rest and an enthusiasm for learning:

  • A Master’s degree with 3-5+ years experience working in engineering, energy systems, atmospheric science, environmental science, or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Experience working with and managing large datasets and conducting statistical analysis
  • Python, R, Stata, SPSS, Tableau, GIS, air quality modeling, and/or other analytical and data visualization tools strongly desired
  • Strong writing skills for both scientific and lay audiences
  • Experience working at the science-policy interface
  • A proven track record of working across multiple sectors including, but not limited to public agencies, academic institutions, and community organizations.
  • Able to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Scientific and moral integrity
  • Able to productively provide and receive feedback
  • A desire to learn
  • A sense of humor


  • A PhD degree in engineering, energy systems, atmospheric science, environmental science, or related field, or equivalent experience


Oakland, CA. Remote locations will also be considered.


Salary and compensation is competitive and commensurate with education, experience and geographic location. Benefits include health insurance, 401(k) retirement plan with employer match, 15 days of vacation, paid sick leave and 11+ paid holidays.


Please submit a resume or CV and provide cover letter OR responses to application portal questionnaire online here by June 14th, 2021. Applications received by May 31st, 2021 will be given priority review.


PSE Healthy Energy is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

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