Energy & Climate Analyst (multiple open positions)

Location: Berkeley, CA

The Climate and Energy Analyst will focus on research projects related to clean energy systems and climate change, but 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, climate science, earth science, environmental engineering, or related fields. This role is full-time and based in Berkeley, California. This position will report directly to the Co-Directors of the Climate and Energy Program.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop a prominent public thought leadership profile in one or several areas of expertise related to climate science and/or energy systems.

  • Attend external 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

  • Excellent writer with experience writing for non-technical audiences

  • Strong quantitative research skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree

  • Significant experience in energy/transportation systems or an area of climate science or earth science, with strong potential to become a recognized expert in one’s specialty subject area(s).

  • Experience with data analysis in Python, R, QGIS, or similar programs, preferably open-source software.

  • Ability to independently conduct and complete 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 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and may choose to work from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 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.

All employees must receive the full course of vaccinations and booster for COVID-19.


  • Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

  • 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>: <Open Position You’re Applying For>.

Your email should state how you heard about this position.

Your cover letter should reflect on Breakthrough’s work and how you could contribute.