Postdoctoral Researcher (Climate Policy)

Application deadline: Tuesday 4th September 2018

£31,604 - £42,418 per annum

Nuffield College seeks to appoint several postdoctoral researchers from different disciplines to contribute to the ‘Climate Econometrics (CE)’ project (http://www.climateeconometrics.org/) which aims to improve the understanding of the impact of humanity on climate and vice versa.

For the post of Postdoctoral Researcher in Climate Policy, we seek a candidate with a background in law, economics, public policy, or climate science. The post-holder will contribute to CE research objectives through the review and analysis of environmental policies. They will conduct independent research on climate and environmental policy, develop policy proposals, and work with the wider CE network in climate policy to conduct advocacy and communicate results to a wide audience. They will contribute to knowledge exchange between climatology, econometrics, and economics, collaborate in preparing research publications, and will communicate policy implications of research findings to policy makers and the public. They will present research at conferences and at public and policy meetings, and will represent the CE research network at external meetings and seminars. They may also undertake ad hoc paid teaching or supervision within the collegiate University, up to a maximum of 48 hours per year.

Applicants should hold or be close to completing a doctorate in Law, Economics, Politics, Public Policy, Climate Science, or a related relevant discipline. The successful candidate should have submitted their doctoral dissertation by the time they take up the post. Applicants should have proven research ability commensurate with their career stage, evidenced through scholarly publications and presentations at international conferences, and should demonstrate an interest in climate change impacts and public policy in their research and professional activities. They should have experience of statistical or econometric analyses, and excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to connect with a range of audiences through different media pathways accessible by policy makers. They will be motivated to inform and effect positive change in different areas of climate policy, and able to network effectively in the policy domain and to extend existing CE policy contacts. They will be capable of translating technical concepts from economics, statistics, and climate science into accessible formats for a policy audience and/or the public. They will be able to manage their own academic research, and to collaborate with researchers spanning fields from economics to climate science.

A background knowledge of climate science, econometrics, or economics is desirable, as is experience in working with statistical software environments (e.g. R, Ox, Matlab, or Python). A commitment to issues surrounding environmental and social justice is also desirable.

The post is based at Nuffield College in the University of Oxford. The salary will be in the range £31,604 to £42,418 per annum (Grade 7). The post is full-time and fixed-term for 3 years, with an initial probationary period of six months, and is available from October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Further particulars and information about how to apply can be found in the job description.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' link below. This will take you to the Interfolio Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register for an account (if you have not done so previously) and log in before completing an online application.

For the online application you will be asked to complete an application form and a recruitment monitoring form, and to upload the following documents: 

  • A cover letter detailing your motivation to participate in the project, highlighting any background in statistics/econometrics and in policy communication, with a short outline of your proposed strategy, noting how your research augments existing Climate Econometrics projects.
  • A Curriculum Vitae including full list of publications/working papers (please indicate your contribution if papers are co-authored).
  • One sample of non-technical writing on a technical topic such as a policy brief, press release, or non-technical summary of a research paper.

You will also be asked to ensure that three full references (including two academic references) are received via the Interfolio platform by the closing date. As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to provide their referees’ names and email addresses which will generate email reference requests from Interfolio to the referees, who will be invited to upload their confidential references directly to the Interfolio platform. 

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The deadline for applications is Tuesday 4th September 2018.

Nuffield College exists to promote excellence in education and research, and is an equal opportunities employer committed to equality and valuing diversity. Applications are particularly welcome from women, black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in posts in the College.