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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 Nuclear Energy Analyst

We are currently hiring a Senior Nuclear Energy Analyst to work with our growing advanced nuclear research and policy team to lead the policy, public, and regulatory debate on advanced nuclear energy in the United States. They will focus on participation in all relevant policy and regulatory proceedings, writing for external publications, public speaking, attending workshops, 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 seeking applicants that have some background in nuclear energy technology, regulation, or policy. This role is full time; it will initially be remote but will ultimately be in-person in the vicinity of Washington D.C. starting in the second half of 2021.

The Breakthrough Institute is committed to seeking innovative solutions to environmental and human development challenges in pursuit of a secure, healthier, and more prosperous future. In doing so, we do not shy away from contentious domestic and international political issues and from advocating for equity, justice, democracy, and human rights. We welcome 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 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 Breakthrough's existing nuclear energy research program, which encompasses the development and deployment of new nuclear technologies, maintaining the operation of existing nuclear energy facilities, and engaging in public and policy discussions around these issues
  • Participate in all relevant proceedings, provide formal review and comment upon all relevant rulings and rulemaking, and engage with relevant Congressional oversight committees and staff
  • 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 nuclear energy regulation, policy, or technology
  • 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 Nuclear Regulatory Commission advanced reactor licensing
  • Experience with nuclear safety and risk analysis
  • Experience with nuclear regulatory analysis codes and models such as RASCAL or MACCS
  • 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.

Salary:

  • $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]thebreakthrough.org. 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.

Administrative Assistant

The Breakthrough Institute is an energy and environmental research center based in Berkeley, California. Our work is based on ecomodernism, which means we believe 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 four focus areas: energy, conservation, food and farming, and energy access for all people. We’re a great team to join. Here’s why.

1. Do a lot. You will get the chance to play an integral role in keeping a growing organization humming and thriving. You will gain first-hand experience working on everything from the business office to event production to human resources to the development efforts that make our work possible.

2. Learn from the best in the business. You may not have heard of us, but I guarantee you have heard of the ideas that have originated from our research. 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.

3. 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 and skills.

Right now, we’re looking for an Administrative Assistant to join our team. This is an entry-level position reporting to the Director of Operations, and they will be responsible for:

  • Managing the physical office space, including creating and maintaining office systems and supplies
  • Assisting the Director of Operations with bill pay, payroll, expense reporting, compliance projects
  • Assisting the Director of Operations with IT and AV management, including the management of shared software and online platforms, and the organization’s Google domain and drives
  • Assisting the Director of Operations with hiring logistics
  • Scheduling meetings
  • Assisting the Director of Events in planning, coordinating, and executing events including but not limited to: research, RSVPs, outreach, database management, on-site event management, event materials (e.g. invitations, travel logistics, presentation materials, speaker bios)
  • Assisting with implementing development strategies by sending acknowledgments, scheduling meetings, and managing databases
  • Traveling locally and nationally for events and administrative projects as necessary
  • Perform other tasks as needed

Qualities you should possess:

  • Be self-starting, resourceful, and organized
  • Have the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Be a proactive problem solver
  • Have strong attention to detail
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Openness to implementing unconventional and innovative ideas
  • A willingness to learn

Preferred experience:

  • Bachelor's degree with 1-2 years of related work experience
  • Comfortable with Google applications (Gmail, Google docs, calendar, etc).
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Comfortable with outreach to vendors, donors, event guests, external stakeholders, etc.

Benefits:

Salary is in the $45 - 50K range. Excellent health insurance, paid leave, cell phone reimbursement, and commuter benefits. We are located in downtown Berkeley near the Downtown Berkeley BART station.

Does this sound like you?

If so, send a thoughtful letter of interest and resume to jobs[at]thebreakthrough[dot]org. Use the subject line “Name – Administrative Assistant.” Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please.