Research Fellow or Associate (Climate Change Policy)

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Oxford, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Topic: Climate change policy, trade, and fossil fuel subsidies

Salary range: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Duty station: Oxford, UK

Application deadline: 13 January 2017

Start date: Early 2017

SEI Oxford is looking for an early- to mid-career researcher to join our team. The researcher would contribute to SEI’s work on emerging topics in climate policy, focusing on, among others, the interface of climate change and international trade, and the governance of fossil fuel subsidies and their reform. This work would take place in the context of SEI’s Initiative on Fossil Fuels and Climate Change. Other topics that the candidate may be expected to work on relate to the ongoing negotiations on implementing the Paris Agreement, climate finance and carbon pricing, and EU climate and energy policy.

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The candidate is expected to be capable of working both independently and in a team in a highly flexible and exciting global research environment.

Primary responsibilities

  • Gathering information and data, through literature research, internet and interviews
  • Drafting reports, journal articles, policy briefs, and blog posts
  • Preparing proposals and helping with fundraising
  • Carrying out external presentations and other outreach
  • Organizing events for outreach
  • Coordinating work with project partners
  • Participating actively in our collaborative institute culture


The successful candidate would:

  • Have an advanced degree or be able to demonstrate equivalence experience in law, public policy, political science or a closely related social science discipline, with a clear specialization in climate change policy
  • Have a strong understanding of the international regime governing climate change, and at least a basic understanding of international trade agreements
  • Have a sound understanding of climate change mitigation and energy questions
  • Be comfortable working in both scientific and policy communities
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Speak and write fluent English; knowledge of another language is beneficial
  • Have excellent writing skills
  • Be a dynamic networker who is comfortable with travelling
  • Be able to work independently
  • Have a sense of collegiality and the ability to work collaboratively with both internal and external colleagues.

How to apply

Please submit your application online using the web form, and be sure to include:

  • Cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience. If you are not currently based in the United Kingdom, please specify your interest/availability to relocate.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • The names and contact details of two professional references. We will alert you before contacting your references.
  • A sample of your written work. If you are not the sole author or creator, please describe your role and contribution.

Please be aware that with limited staff, we may not be able to respond personally to each applicant or field individual queries. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK. No calls, please!

The SEI Oxford Centre is a not-for-profit Limited Company registered in the UK. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.