PSE Healthy Energy is a non-profit energy science and policy research institute dedicated to a healthy, resilient, and equitable energy future.

Our team of public health professionals, scientists, and engineers integrate technical expertise across multiple fields to inform science-based energy policy. Our mission is to generate science-based energy and climate solutions that protect public health and the environment.


PSE Healthy Energy is seeking a full-time Scientist to work collaboratively with PSE’s staff of scientists, engineers, data analysts, and communications experts to provide scientific and technical assistance to a broad base of community-based organizations and other stakeholders. This position will include meeting with community groups to characterize research needs, conducting analyses, and working with PSE’s staff to effectively translate and communicate science to diverse audiences. Research topics will likely address a mix of energy equity, energy affordability, public health, environmental science, oil and gas, and sociodemographic questions. The role will require being flexible, working with multiple team members and external collaborators, and responding quickly to changing research needs and a dynamic science-policy landscape.

This role is meant for someone who both loves analyzing data and doing science and who also loves working closely with non-scientists to use data to inform their work. The ideal candidate will be comfortable conducting research and analysis and eager to simultaneously educate and learn from non-scientific partners. The candidate should be self-motivated, willing to adapt to multiple roles, be 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.

It is not expected that a single candidate will have expertise across all these areas—we’re seeking candidates that are particularly strong in a few areas and have some interest, capabilities, and willingness to learn in others.


  • Research: Utilize strong investigatory, analytical, and writing skills to conduct data analysis, synthesize and aggregate relevant papers or research, edit documents and reports, and visualize data for technical and non-scientific audiences. Learn from community partners to inform research and identify broader research topics and themes for follow-on research and science-policy work.
  • Communication and Output: Write clear and often translated scientific work products for publication in media and blog posts; work with communities, NGOs, 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 decision-makers; contribute to technical reports, peer-reviewed papers, and other work products.


In addition to an ability to meet the above responsibilities, the ideal candidate will possess:

  • A master’s degree with 2+ years of experience -or- a bachelor's degree with 4+ years of experience experience in energy systems, energy economics, environmental public health, environmental science, engineering, or related field
  • Experience teaching, collaborating with, or otherwise partnering with non-technical audiences
  • Experience with one or more of the following: Python, R, Stata, SPSS, Tableau, GIS and air quality modeling software. Other analytical and data visualization tools strongly desired
  • A proven track record of working across multiple sectors including, but not limited to, public agencies, academic institutions, and community organizations
  • Excellent writing and oral communications skills
  • Ability to pivot from strong analytical and data-driven thinking to highly creative thinking
  • Capable of prioritizing projects and research responsibilities effectively
  • Able to productively provide and receive feedback
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Attention to detail and a desire to listen and learn
  • A sense of humor


  • A doctoral degree in energy systems, energy economics, environmental public health, environmental science, engineering, or related field
  • Energy systems modeling
  • Demonstrated experience working at the science-policy interface
  • Experience with Google Workspace (Gmail, Google Docs, etc.)
  • Familiarity with Slack


Oakland, CA or Seattle, WA. Remote locations will also be considered.


The anticipated salary range is $62,500-$87,500+, though the successful candidate could be hired above or below this range depending on qualifications and geographic location. Benefits are competitive and include health benefits (medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance), flexible spending account, 401(k) retirement plan with employer match, 15 days of vacation to start, paid leave and 11+ paid holidays.


Please submit a resume or CV, a sample of technical writing, a sample of non-technical writing, and provide a cover letter -OR- provide responses to question prompts in the online portal by May 1st, 2023. Applications received by April 16, 2023 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.

PSE Healthy Energy participates in E-Verify. We will provide the Social Security Administration, and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. Please note that we do not use this information to pre-screen job applicants.