Vacancy: Science writer at Carbon Brief

An exciting opportunity to become Carbon Brief’s new science writer, 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’ll report on the latest scientific developments relevant to climate change. This could range from disentangling claims in the media about flooding and climate change, to the latest study on Arctic sea ice loss, or working with our multimedia journalist on an infographic about deforestation.

Carbon Brief’s science coverage, data journalism and analysis is respected by scientists, journalists and policymakers. 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, 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.
  • Summarise climate and energy news for Carbon Brief’s daily newsletter.



  • Two years’ 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: The role is based at our offices in central London. 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 scale: £30,000 – £34,000, dependent on skills and experience.

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, and your plan to develop our science coverage.
  • 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.

To: [email protected]

Applications must be submitted by 6pm on Monday, 1 May. Interviews will be held on Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10.

Unfortunately, we only have the capacity to contact shortlisted candidates. Applicants must already have the right to work permanently in the UK.

We are committed to the principles of equal opportunity in our employment practices. 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.