Climate Justice Research Scientist, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group

Seattle, WA

Position Title: Climate Justice Research Scientist

Organization: University of Washington Climate Impacts Group

Location: Seattle, WA

Organization Overview: The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group (CIG) builds climate resilience by advancing understanding of climate risks & enabling science-based action to manage those risks. The CIG is widely recognized for its scientific discovery, as an experienced creator of impartial & actionable science and as a catalyst for building regional climate resilience.

Position Overview: The University of Washington CIG is hiring a research scientist to support and expand the CIG’s social science, policy, governance, and project management capabilities. Candidates who are passionate about CIG’s organizational mission and co-production model are a must. CIG is seeking a candidate with a social science, policy, or community organizing background and project management experience. This position will support the CIG’s senior researchers across various climate change adaptation projects as needed. CIG anticipates a particular emphasis working within the Northwest Climate Resilience Collaborative (NCRC) in collaboration with frontline communities.


  • Research and Research Support
    • Applying social science and/or policy research methodologies to implement and support design of CIG research objectives;
    • Assist in project-specific research needs, such as literature reviews, supporting program design processes, contextual analyses, needs assessments, or developing monitoring and evaluation strategies;
    • Assist in curriculum development
  • Stakeholder Engagement
    • Work collaboratively with frontline communities potentially including urban communities of color, tribes, rural communities, and/or other groups who have historically been excluded from discussions of climate impacts and the environment.
  • Project Management
    • Work with CIG senior research staff to provide logistical support for projects;
    • Help coordinate collaborations with other organizations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in design, ethnic studies, public health, climate justice, economics, public policy or a related field plus two years experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with frontline community stakeholder engagement at federal, tribal, state, and/or municipal levels.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, leading with curiosity and humility to facilitate relationships across different perspectives, values, knowledge specializations, and geographies.
  • A commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion within the CIG and NCRC teams and programs.

Salary/Pay: $5,460-$5,750 per month depending on experience

Application Deadline: April 21

How to Apply: Complete the online application