Clean Energy Analyst

We are currently hiring a Clean Energy Analyst to advance the Breakthrough Institute’s research efforts on clean energy technologies and systems. The Clean Energy Analyst will work within the Climate and Energy research program to conduct original research and analysis, write articles for external publication and for our website, and build the team’s base of expertise and knowledge. They will also engage in public-facing activities such as speaking opportunities, media communications, workshops, social media management, and network-building with new organizations.

We are considering applicants with a wide array of backgrounds that may include energy systems, environmental policy, electrical engineering, power engineering, energy project development, clean technology manufacturing, public utility sector experience, or related fields. This role is full-time and can be flexibly based from either of Breakthrough’s offices in Washington, D.C. or Berkeley, California. This position will report directly to the Co-Directors of the Climate and Energy Program.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Execute Breakthrough's evolving clean energy research agenda, which may include priorities like:
  • Articulating pragmatic, bipartisan policy recommendations to support the development and deployment of clean energy technologies
  • Analyzing energy cost and technology cost drivers and trends.
  • Assessing the potential impact of regulations related to climate and energy issues in local, national, or international contexts.
  • Develop a prominent public thought leadership profile in one or several areas of expertise related to climate science and/or energy systems.
  • Attend meetings as Breakthrough’s expert, speak on panels, and give interviews on subject knowledge.
  • Undertake qualitative and quantitative research 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.
  • Follow and engage with the public discourse on climate and/or energy issues, including in the popular press and on social media.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience or academic background in a field related to energy systems, energy-related engineering or technology, energy policy, energy industry, or similar.
  • Exceptional writing skills, able to produce both outstanding argumentative essays and clear, sharply-written research reports.
  • Eager to publicly advocate for Breakthrough’s ecomodernist approach to solving global environmental challenges, as outlined in the Ecomodernist Manifesto (
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced setting while balancing both urgent and long-term deliverables.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s or PhD degree
  • Significant experience in energy systems, policy, or technology, with strong potential to become a recognized expert in one’s specialty subject area(s). We are looking for candidates with extensive technical or engineering backgrounds in particular.
  • Experience with data analysis in Python, R, QGIS, or similar programs, preferably open-source software. Working experience with the Argonne National Laboratory’s GREET model is also highly desirable.
  • Experience with high-resolution energy system modeling.
  • Significant experience independently supervising research teams, mentoring junior colleagues, and executing major long-term research projects.
  • Professional proficiency in a foreign language, especially an Asian language.

Job Conditions:

  • Employees are required to report to the office on certain days of the week and may choose to work from home on other designated days. 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.


  • $70,000-$93,000
  • Excellent health insurance, dental, vision, paid leave, retirement plan, life insurance, disability insurance, professional development support, cell phone reimbursement, and commuter benefits.

Application Instructions

  • We encourage you to submit materials as soon as possible, as we will interview and hire on a near-term rolling basis.
  • Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample ONLY to jobs[at] Please do not submit your application through alternate job sites.
  • Your email subject should say: <Your Name>: <Position Title>
  • Your email should state how you heard about this position
  • Your cover letter should reflect on Breakthrough’s work and how you perceive this opportunity as part of your career arc
  • Your writing sample should be under 2500 words, should represent one of your proudest pieces of writing, and can be totally unrelated to clean energy.