The Breakthrough Institute is an energy and environmental research center based in Berkeley, 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. Check out our open positions below:

Senior Energy Analyst

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; it will initially be remote but will ultimately 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.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • 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

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience or academic background in energy 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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s or PhD degree
  • Experience with energy technologies/policy and/or grid-scale modeling
  • Experience with data analysis in Python, R, or similar programs
  • Social media presence

Job Conditions:

  • 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.


  • $80-95,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. Health insurance, vision, dental, and vacation.

Application Instructions:

  • Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to jobs[at] Your cover letter should reflect on Breakthrough’s work and how you could contribute. We encourage you to submit materials as soon as possible, as we will interview and hire on a near-term rolling basis.

Executive Editor

Are you a journalist or editor that wants to publish sharply argued, paradigm-shifting work and disrupt stuck environmental debates? Are you passionate about environmental issues and environmental philosophy? Do you know the environmental canon and believe in the value of ecomodernist thinking?

Breakthrough Journal has published some of the most influential long-form writing on the environment over the last decade. It is an in-house publication of the Breakthrough Institute and has helped to launch the new conservation debate and the ecomodernist movement among many notable contributions.

The Breakthrough Institute is seeking an executive editor of the Breakthrough Journal to help grow our readership, expand our publication schedule and contributors, and reimagine the publication as it enters its second decade. Strong applicants have a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in journalism or publishing. This is a senior position at the Breakthrough Institute, reporting to the Executive Director.

The Breakthrough Institute seeks 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.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Soliciting and editing pieces for each issue
  • Craft a theme and introduction that weaves together the pieces of each issue into a coherent intellectual whole
  • Working with contractors, oversee every aspect of the production process, including cover design, poetry, cartoons, advertisements, copyediting, proofreading, layout, and printing
  • Explore opportunities for grant funding, hiring dedicated staff, and publishing more issues per year

Preferred Knowledge and Skills:

  • 3-5 years of experience in journalism or publishing
  • Deep knowledge of foundational thinking in traditional environmentalism
  • Strong grasp of contemporary environmental debates concerning climate change, energy technologies, agriculture, and human development
  • Familiarity with ecomodernism and its contribution to environmental thinking
  • Professional-level writing and editing
  • Undergraduate or graduate education in energy, environmental studies, STEM, and/or communications, marketing, or journalism


  • Salary is $100K.
  • Excellent health insurance, paid leave, cell phone reimbursement, and commuter benefits.
  • We are currently working remotely and conducting a real estate search for our new physical office.

Does this sound like you? If so, apply here:

Send your resume and cover letter to Ann Wang, our Operations Director, at jobs[at]thebreakthrough[dot]org. Use the subject line “[Your Name] – Executive Editor.” No phone calls please, and incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Breakthrough Institute is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation & gender identity.