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Science and Policy Associate

Organization: Green Science Policy Institute (the Institute)
Location: North Berkeley, California, near the UC Berkeley campus
Position Type: In office, with some remote work
Salary: Depending on skills and experience
Job available: Now (open until filled)

Overview of the Institute 
The Institute brings together scientists, government, business, and non-profits to protect human health and the global environment from exposure to toxic chemicals.  We carry out scientific research designed to reduce chemical harm, write peer-reviewed papers, communicate our results, and promote policy and purchasing change in the public interest. Our research and policy work has prevented the use of harmful chemicals in furniture, electronics, children's and other products and building materials worldwide. 

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Job Description
The Institute is hiring a full-time Science and Policy Associate to contribute to our scientific research and policy work. The Institute is looking for a capable, organized, and motivated scientist to work with our team of science and policy experts to play a key role in advancing our mission of protecting out health and environment from chemical harm.

The Associate will implement projects and activities for the organization including scientific research, writing, supporting policychange; drafting materials for publication; and helping maintain relationships with partner organizations.

The Associate will work with minimal supervision to:

  • Contribute to Institute projects such as reducing the use of PFAS, antimicrobials, and flame retardant chemicals
  • Educate manufacturers, retailers, large purchasers and others to reduce the use of the “Six Classes” of harmful families of chemicals
  • Co-author scholarly papers, op-eds, and other publications
  • Develop educational and presentation materials
  • Aid in the preparation for, participate in, and present at Green Science Policy symposia at UC Berkeley, nationally, and internationally
  • Share scientific research results with government, business, and NGOs
  • Write grant proposals and help with development activities

Position Expectations and Qualifications


  • An advanced degree in chemistry, biology, environmental engineering, public health, toxicology, environmental science, or a related field
  • Ability to take initiative, think creatively, and solve problems
  • Efficiency, organization, resourcefulness, and a proven track record of on-time delivery of high-quality work
  • Superb written and verbal communications skills
  • Flexibility and ability to adjust to a rapidly changing environment
  • Attention to detail, diligence, and persistence
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Ability to research and synthesize information on scientific and policy topics
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office suite, including PowerPoint, Word, Excel
  • Passion for our mission to protect health and environment worldwide


  • Work experience in chemistry, biology, engineering, toxicology, public health, law and/or public policy
  • Experience working with industry, NGOs, and/or government
  • Experience researching and writing peer-reviewed papers
  • Experience teaching and/or managing other scientists
  • Website and/or database maintenance and development skills

Science and Policy Fellow
Scientists with recent PhDs should apply for a one-year-long Science and Policy Fellowship which can be extended to a second year or a permanent position.

Compensation and Hours
Compensation is very competitive and commensurate with experience and skills. 
The Associate should be available to work in person in our North Berkeley office at least three days a week with some remote work allowed.

Application Instructions
To apply, email [email protected] with "Science and Policy Associate Application" or "Science and Policy Fellow Application” in the subject line. Please send a resume, writing sample, and a cover letter describing your career objectives and interest in the position. Include the names of three references; your possible start date; your academic transcript if available; and anything else you think we should know about you.

Position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received so applicants are encouraged to apply promptly.

We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position.

The Green Science Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.