This is an exciting opportunity to become Carbon Brief’s new science journalist, helping us to analyse and report climate change and society’s response to it.

  • Do you have expertise in climate science or the earth sciences?
  • Do you have experience communicating science?
  • Do you want to contribute to accurate media reporting of climate science?

Job description

Working closely with the science editor and the rest of the team, you will report on the latest scientific developments relevant to climate change. This could range from disentangling claims in the media about heatwaves and climate change, to summarising the latest study on Arctic sea ice loss, or working with our multimedia journalist on an infographic about wildfires.

Carbon Brief's award-winning science coverage, data journalism and analysis is respected by scientists, journalists and policymakers around the world. You’ll be comfortable conveying the point of a story while representing the subtleties of scientific information in a clear and engaging way. With a strong grounding in science, you’ll be meticulous about accuracy and fact-checking. 


  • Produce news features, analysis, factchecks, interviews and explainers.
  • Monitor and report on new scientific research.
  • Help plan Carbon Brief's climate science coverage.
  • Help build and maintain Carbon Brief's network of scientific contacts.
  • Identify and report from relevant conferences on behalf of Carbon Brief.
  • Engage on social media on behalf of the organisation.
  • Summarise climate and energy news for Carbon Brief's daily email newsletter.



  • Demonstrable experience of writing about science.
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to write to a deadline.
  • Good knowledge of the scientific literature on climate science, as well as the wider online, media and public discussion about climate change.
  • Experience of writing for the web.
  • Ability to absorb new and complex information quickly.
  • Enthusiasm for communicating climate science in depth.


  • A degree or postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject (science, journalism or science communication, or similar).
  • A network of contacts within the climate science research community.
  • Excellent social media skills.
  • Experience of producing multimedia content.

Location: Carbon Brief's office is in central London. Ideally, this role will be office based, but flexible/remote working is a possible option, depending on the successful candidate's circumstances/location. You may be expected to undertake some travel as part of your work.

Reporting to: The director.

Hours/duration: This is a permanent full-time contract, subject to a six-month review period.

Salary: Competitive; dependent on skills and experience.

How to apply

To apply, please send to

  • Your CV. 
  • A covering letter explaining why you would be a good fit for the role and the organisation.
  • Your plan to develop our science coverage (500 words max).
  • Two samples of your published work (print or online) on a relevant topic. If you don’t have published work, please write a short example piece in Carbon Brief style.
  • Please state "Science journalist application -" in the email subject header.

Applications must be submitted by 9am on Monday, 21 September 2020. Interviews will be held on Monday, 28 September and Tuesday, 29 September.

Typically, Carbon Brief only considers candidates who have the right to work permanently in the United Kingdom. However, for a truly exceptional candidate, we might consider an alternative (non-sponsored) remote-working arrangement.

We are committed to the principles of equal opportunity in our employment practices. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. We will seek to ensure that individuals are recruited, selected, trained and promoted on the basis of their aptitude, skills and abilities.

About Carbon Brief

Carbon Brief is a UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. We specialise in clear, data-driven articles and graphics 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 science explainers, interviews, analysis and factchecks, as well as daily and weekly email summaries of newspaper and online coverage.

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