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We are hiring a Senior Research Fellow in Nature-based Climate Solutions

January 28, 2021
News item image Research will address socioeconomic and ecological outcomes of different pathways to net zero, with a particular emphasis on understanding the value and limits of nature-based solutions in achieving net-zero over the long term. 

We are seeking a Senior Research Fellow to lead on Oxford Net Zero which is a new initiative drawing on the University’s world-leading expertise in climate science and policy. The initiative will provide research and resources for policymakers and businesses at this critical juncture for international action on climate change. We seek an innovative and versatile independent researcher with an entrepreneurial academic mindset and the desire and ability to work in multidisciplinary teams.

The successful candidate will work directly with Profs Nathalie Seddon and Michael Obserteiner and their teams. They will be based in the Nature-based Solutions Initiative where they will lead the Nature-based Climate Solutions workstream of Oxford Net Zero, as well as working with the Directors and other Fellows to develop a vibrant cross-university network including associated academics and students. They will engage in research and publication at the highest level in the broad area of biological approaches to CO2 sequestration and storage.

Successful candidates will initiate, implement and deliver innovative and high-value, and interdisciplinary research with a focus on socioeconomic and ecological outcomes of different pathways to net zero at a range of spatial scales from local, through regional and international.

They will also contribute to cross-cutting Oxford Net Zero activities including assessments of global progress towards net zero, short education courses and programmatic reports. They will also provide academic supervision for research students and contribute to lectures and teaching.

Candidates must hold a relevant PhD/DPhil and an established reputation as an authority in the field. They will have a strong academic publication record and familiarity with the existing literature and research in the field.  Evidence of potential for producing further research of world-leading quality in biological approaches to CO2 sequestration and storage, particularly to understand the timeframes and spatial scales over nature-based approaches can enhance carbon stores and reduce GHG emissions, during the tenure of the post is essential. The fellow will have strong team-working skills and a desire to work in a multidisciplinary research setting, displaying a capacity for impactful engagement with stakeholders, as well as an ability to build new partnerships and win significant grants.

Applications are particularly welcome and encouraged from women candidates and black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford. Zoology are committed to equality and values diversity.

This is a full-time post for 4 years. While this is a full-time role we can support flexible working arrangements (for instance if you have caring responsibilities) in agreement with the Director.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on 1st March 2021

Please download the form and details for this position on the University application  site.