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Research Associate in Risk and Resilience Analytics (Climate and Nature), Resilience and Development Group

University of Oxford - Environmental Change Institute

Location: Oxford
Salary: £36,024 to £44,263 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 20th February 2024
Closes: 1st March 2024
Job Ref: 170746

We are looking to appoint a Research Associate in Risk and Resilience Analytics. They will be an important part of the Resilience and Development Group of the Environmental Change Institute (ECI), with the opportunity to contribute to and/or lead one or more defined projects across our research portfolio, including the Resilient Planet Initiative, the Oxford Martin Programme on Systemic Resilience and the NERC Integrating Finance and Biodiversity Programme.

You will have the opportunity to lead and/or contribute to projects, for example, developing analytics and tools with local adaptation planners and financiers in developing countries, working with Central Banks and Ministries of Finance in Africa on build financial resilience to climate and nature risks and put in place sustainable finance frameworks to help mobilise investment, and working with banks, insurers, asset owners and asset managers to design metrics and frameworks to integrate resilience and nature into their business strategies and risk management frameworks and design new products to support resilience and nature.

The researcher will report to Dr Nicola Ranger in the Environmental Change Institute, the Programme Leader on Resilience and Development and also work closely with Professor Jim Hall, Director of the Oxford Programme on Sustainable Infrastructure Systems at the ECI, and Professor Michael Obersteiner, Director of the ECI, as well as other senior researchers across the university and internationally.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing their own academic research and administrative activities. They will actively participate in and lead tasked scientific activities and contribute to the scientific development of projects. They will prepare working theories and analyse data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining theories as appropriate. They will be expected to contribute to and lead publications in highly-ranked, peer-reviewed academic journals, as well as book chapters and reviews. They will contribute ideas for new research projects, including exploring further opportunities for novel research on climate and environmental risks and resilience solutions.

You will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil (Grade 7), or be close to completion of, a relevant PhD/DPhil (Grade 6). You will have evidence of quantitative research skills and experience working with large datasets, including coding (R, Python preferred), combining and standardising data from multiple sources. You will also possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established research programmes, including experience in climate and environmental risk assessment, economics and/or applying models and analysis in practice in decision making.

Applications are particularly welcome and encouraged from women, black, and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in posts in SoGE. SoGE and ECI are committed to equality and value diversity.

This post is fixed term until 31 December 2025 in the first instance’

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 1 March 2024, and interviews will be taking place in mid-March.

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

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