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YPCCC SUMMER HIRE 2021 – Part-time Social Data Scientist

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication is looking to fill a part-time role of Social Data Scientist (10-20 hr/week) on our Research Team for the summer. The position is only open to current Yale students, including those graduating on May 24th You’ll be part of an interdisciplinary, cutting edge team of experts with backgrounds in social, behavioral, and data science. Please submit your resume to, with the subject line: YPCCC Social Data Scientist Summer Job.

Our Team

We are investigating ways to understand and engage the public on climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. We use surveys, experiments, and models to understand the public’s views on climate, including their knowledge, attitudes, policy preferences, and behavior, as well as the underlying psychological, cultural, and political factors that influence them. We also engage people and organizations in climate change science and solutions, working with governments, media organizations, companies, and civil society, and with a daily, national radio program, Yale Climate Connections.

Over the past 12 years, we have conducted more than two dozen national and international surveys, dozens of message experiments, have built audience segmentation tools, and have constructed targeted marketing models for partners. Our work has informed the communication campaigns of thousands of organizations and has enriched the climate communication tool box of educators, journalists, policy makers, activists and advocates, as well as everyday citizens. Our data visualizations have been featured by the New York Times, The Weather Channel, and on the floor of Congress.

The Role

The Social Data Scientist will serve as modeling expert on a strategic marketing project, leading the statistical development of one of our most innovative research projects. The Social Data Scientist will be responsible for the design and validation of a statistical model underpinning a powerful approach to environmental communication. If you are a strong data analyst with a desire to have real world impact, this could be a great opportunity for you.

At the YPCCC, you will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of leading scholars, participate in the development of influential social science research, and serve as the bridge between that research and practical take-aways for folks working on the ground. We will invest in your skills and professional development.


  • Has relevant course work or experience conducting exploratory data analysis and visualization using R and ggplot.
  • Has experience developing and validating predictive models, including addressing modeling issues such as: heteroskedasticity, overidentification, and bias/variance trade-off adjustments.
  • Has expertise in R, including the ability to write custom functions and work collaboratively using version control software like Git.
  • Is detail-oriented and concerned about accuracy
  • Is an independent problem-solver with good intuitions about when to ask for help.
  • Enjoys learning about the latest methods and approaches in data science, statistics, and social science (psychology, political science, and related fields).
  • Is familiar with the procedures and systems used in large-scale data management, including cleaning and validating messy data.
  • Has project management skills, including scope and timeline management skills.
  • Has experience with scientific communication, translating technical concepts to non-technical audiences.

Further information:

Please email for inquiries and applications with the subject line: YPCCC Social Data Scientist Summer Job.