Research Fellow

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Stockholm, Sweden
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Join our international non-profit research organization and help create a sustainable, prosperous future for all. Stockholm Environment Institute is a dynamic, expanding work place that employs around 90 people from 28 different nationalities in an activity-based office in central Stockholm (Garnisonen), and with an additional 140 employees in centres around the world.

The role

We are now recruiting an experienced Research Fellow to join SEI’s team working on systemic risk, climate change adaptation, globalization and geopolitics. In particular, this position will focus on transnational climate risk, an emerging flagship topic in SEI’s research and engagement work that explores how climate change impacts transcend administrative borders, raising a host of new questions and opportunities for cooperation.

A major component of this work is the Horizon 2020 CASCADES project (CAScading Climate risks: towards ADaptive and resilient European Societies), which will begin in the summer of 2019, coordinated by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research. CASCADES aims to analyse the trade, political and financial channels via which climate change impacts outside Europe might cascade into Europe, significantly altering Europe’s risk exposure, over the short, medium and long-term; and to support the design of a coherent European policy framework to address these risks. The successful candidate will play a key role in leading SEI’s contributions to this project, as well as in developing our portfolio of research and engagement work on transnational climate risks more broadly.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Project coordination and management, in line with SEI’s project manual and processes
  • Work Package coordination across consortium partners, representing SEI in the CASCADES General Assembly: e.g. negotiating research design with partners, ensuring the quality of scientific and other project deliverables, overseeing reporting to the European Commission
  • Contribute to the conceptual framing of cascading risks from climate change in a European context, including awareness raising and promotion of this framework to technical experts within the consortium
  • Lead SEI’s contribution to methodological development, risk assessment of trade impacts and case studies on high risk European supply chains in specific geographies (to be determined), including consideration of governance options and potential policy implications.
  • Coordination of a work package to develop strategic recommendations from the project; lead a task on multilevel governance of cascading risks in Europe; coordinate a task and its deliverables on policy integration, coherence and interaction (working across other WPs); coordinate the synthesis of research findings from the CASCADES project; coordinate the design and testing of strategic recommendations from the project, working with consortium partners and high level external stakeholders.
  • Strategic engagement in ongoing national and global policy processes – within and beyond the UNFCCC
  • Develop SEI’s portfolio of research and engagement work on this topic, including fundraising, network building, internal capacity and team building, knowledge management and input to external communications

Who you are

We are looking for a person with a demonstrable interest in the topic of Transnational Climate Impacts (TCI) or strongly-related conceptual fields (e.g. systemic risk, systems thinking in the context of climate change, the climate change risk dimension of one of the following topics: trade, security, migration, finance, geopolitics) with a strong passion for working in and creating small, focused research teams.

Whilst we are targeting this recruitment at the Research Fellow level, we will also consider applications from suitably qualified Senior Research Fellow candidates, recognizing that such a position comes with additional responsibilities and expectations (e.g. regarding mentorship, leadership and fundraising).

We also recognize that the topic of transnational climate risk is an emerging one and, as such, prioritize the sincerity of the candidate’s interest in and suitability to research this topic over their demonstrable track record in working on it.

Required qualifications and experience

  • PhD in a relevant subject (e.g. political science, geography, etc., or other fields that you can explain as relevant to the topic), or equivalent experience of delivering independent high-quality research
  • Track record of using research to influence policy and practice, including demonstrable interest in and ability to convene and engage stakeholders and to facilitate policy dialogues
  • Experience of project management and coordination
  • Proven expertise in a relevant methodology (e.g. network analysis, foresight, modelling), or equivalent expertise working with mixed-methods approaches to solve complex problems; proven capacity for creative and innovative research design
  • Work experience in developing country contexts is considered a strong advantage
  • Knowledge and experience of engaging with global governance processes, including UNFCCC negotiations, Agenda 2030 and other relevant processes, is desirable

How to apply

We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis so please submit your application as soon as possible, however no later than April 10, 2019 23:59Stockholm local time.

Applications should be written in English and consist of a short CV and cover letter (maximum 1 page).

As we only accept applications through our recruitment system, please apply online using the button below and include:

  • Cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience
  • Curriculum vitae.