Senior Transportation Analyst/Engineer

Washington, District of Columbia, United States · Clean Vehicles


Senior Transportation Analyst/Engineer

Clean Transportation Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

Washington, DC Office

The Position

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit working to solve some of our planet’s most pressing problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for stemming the tide of global warming, advancing sustainable food and agriculture policy, promoting clean energy and transportation, fighting misinformation and reducing the threat of catastrophic nuclear war.

Join UCS’s efforts to cut oil use and global warming pollution from transportation while building a better, safer more equitable transportation system. Use your analytical skills to understand the fast-changing transportation landscape, and evaluate and develop smart strategies to improve mobility and access while cutting pollution and oil use. Then, put your analysis to work, collaborating with a crack team of advocates, media and outreach experts to bring your analytical findings from the world of models to the real world. This position will challenge you in many ways, requiring skillful analysis, persuasive writing for a variety of audiences, public speaking, and many other skills you have or will acquire.



Qualifications and Experience

The position requires strong quantitative and analytical skills with a preference for candidates with expertise in vehicle technology research and analysis, transportation planning, and/or vehicle or transportation policies. General knowledge of transportation, energy, and climate policy is also required.

Work requires a minimum of 5-7 years of successful relevant and comparable experience for candidates with Master’s degrees, including background in research and analysis. A prerequisite for this position is proven advocacy and communication skills, experience developing analysis to inform policy, and demonstrated technical analysis skills.

The position also requires knowledge of effective issue campaign development, understanding of the policy process, including advocacy techniques and legislative strategy. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical experts and other professionals as well as with policymakers and the public is strongly preferred. Media experience a plus. A Masters Level Degree in a relevant area (science, engineering, economics, public policy) is preferred. Training or experience in supervision and project management is also desirable. Proficiency in word processing and computer spreadsheets is required and experience with energy and transportation models is strongly desired.

Little or no exertion; may require extended periods at a computer; may require extended periods at a computer. Periodic travel (about 10% of the time) to events, conferences, speaking engagements, and other UCS offices will be required.

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.


Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time position with a preference for the position to be based in UCS’s Washington DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is around $78,000. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at

To Apply: Please upload a cover letter, resume, writing sample. Ideally, writing sample should explain a technical policy issue for a non-technical audience. Please include salary requirements in the cover letter. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please.

Deadline: Sept 1 or until filled

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