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Vacancy Carbon Brief
23 June 2023 8:00

Vacancy: Data scientist

Carbon Brief Staff

23.06.2023 | 8:00am
In FocusVacancy: Data scientist

This vacancy has now closed.

Carbon Brief is seeking an experienced candidate for a brand new role. You’ll help us analyse climate and energy data to find new stories and explain the latest policy developments.

  • Are you skilled at handling data?
  • Can you interrogate and evaluate information?
  • Do you want to contribute to accurate reporting of climate change and energy?

Job description

Working with our award-winning team of journalists, you’ll carry out original analysis of climate and energy data to bring policy developments to life in a clear and engaging way.

Reporting to the Policy Section Editor, you’ll undertake a mixture of snap analysis and longer-term data-driven projects. This could mean automating updates to our map of the world’s coal plants, working out the UK’s annual greenhouse gas emissions, building a spreadsheet model of emissions savings from electric vehicles or analysing pathways to limit warming to 1.5C.

You’ll have exceptional data analysis skills and experience with advanced analytical packages, such as Python and R. You’ll have a proven ability to spot stories in data and know how to communicate them in an accessible way to a wider audience. You’ll be meticulous about accuracy and fact-checking and be able to work closely with our writers, editors and multimedia producers to develop story ideas. 

This role is likely to be primarily focused on working with data, but there may be occasional opportunities for writing. 


  • Conduct original, in-depth analysis of climate and energy data.
  • Lead on sourcing and building relevant and credible data to feed Carbon Brief’s analysis.
  • Work on several projects concurrently, ranging from rapid-turnaround analysis to annually-repeating projects and longer term research.
  • Work with Carbon Brief’s policy team to develop compelling data-led story ideas.
  • Scope for emerging themes, topics, people, research and opportunities and contribute to Carbon Brief’s editorial strategy.
  • Represent Carbon Brief at external conferences, events and meetings and actively build our network of contacts.
  • You may be asked to perform other duties, as required by Carbon Brief’s editors.



  • Exceptional data analysis skills, using Python (preferred) or R.
  • Highly numerate, with the ability to think statistically.
  • Strong communication skills, particularly with non-specialist audiences.
  • An interest in climate change and energy.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy.


  • A knowledge of climate and energy policies.
  • A wider interest in the role of climate change communication.
  • An appreciation for Carbon Brief’s brand, style and tone. 

Location: Carbon Brief’s office is in central London. There is flexibility within this role to be based remotely and the successful candidate will be comfortable working across different time zones. You may be expected to undertake some travel as part of your work.

Duration: This is a permanent position.

Salary: Competitive, with generous benefits. Salary will be discussed with shortlisted applicants, due to the possibility of it being a part-time or full-time position.

How to apply

To apply, please send:

  • Your CV
  • A covering letter explaining why you would be a good fit for the role and the organisation, including examples of your work with data.

To: [email protected]
Please state “Data scientist application – Carbon Brief” in the email subject header.

Applications must be submitted by 9AM BST Monday 24 July. Interviews will be held on Monday 31 July and Tuesday 1 August via Zoom.

Carbon Brief is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce. Our aim is to be truly representative of all sections of society and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. We strongly encourage applications from those who feel underrepresented in climate journalism, including ethnic and social minorities.

About Carbon Brief

Carbon Brief specialises in clear, evidence-based articles and data visualisations to help improve the understanding of climate change, both in terms of the science and the policy response. We publish a wide range of content, including Q&As, in-depth reporting, analysis, interviews, newsletters, interactives and maps. Our audience is global and diverse, but our content particularly serves policymakers, journalists, NGOs and academics. We are proud of the reach and engagement we have with our audiences, who value our rigorous and authoritative brand of ‘explainer journalism’.

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