The ACDI wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) to act as Chapter Scientist IPCC AR6 Chapter 17: Decision-Making Options for Managing Risk.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the UN-appointed scientific body responsible for assessing the risks from climate change, including risk management solutions. IPCC assessments underpin intergovernmental climate change negotiations at the United Nations (under the UNFCCC), and provide the scientific basis for governments at all levels to develop climate-related policies. The role of Chapter Scientist is an excellent opportunity for early-career researchers to participate in the IPCC process.
The primary role of a Chapter Scientist is to provide technical support to the Chapter 17 of the WGII Report: Decision Making Options for Managing Risk. The responsibilities of the Chapter Scientists are to an author team, not to an individual of an author team. The Co-ordinating Lead Authors of each chapter, in consultation with their author team and the IPCC Technical Support Unit, define the specific tasks to be executed by each Chapter Scientist. This can involve a wide range of support tasks, including literature review, contributing text to the chapter, figure drafting, reference checking and compilation, traceability checking, identification of overlaps or inconsistencies across chapters, and technical editing, facilitating communication between the author team, organization of chapter teleconferences, and attending lead author meetings. The Chapter Scientist will attend all relevant Lead Author Meetings. These meetings are an excellent opportunity to meet and work with a diverse set of high-profile scientists from multiple countries.
The Chapter Scientist should be motivated to work as part of a multidisciplinary science team including natural and social scientists, and be able to meet deadlines. The Chapter Scientist will benefit in multiple ways (e.g., increasing their network and gaining experience in project management). The successful candidate will be strongly encouraged and supported to develop their own research and/or policy publications that align with the broad goals of Chapter 17 to assess observed and projected climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability across the continent. The Chapter Scientist will ideally be located at ACDI, with Chapter Scientists for other IPCC chapters.
Qualifications, experience and skill criteria:
A PhD or Masters, awarded within the previous four years, in a field relevant to climate vulnerability, risk and adaptation.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
Experience in literature searches and use of reference management software.
Experience, or a desire to build experience, in communicating research to diverse non-expert audiences.
Excellent organisational capability, interpersonal abilities, and ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
A growing scientific publication record
Scientific report writing
Knowledge of one or more of the following fields: decision making, risk assessment, risk management, monitoring and tracking of adaptation, or other domains relevant to the chapter content
Experience in systematic reviews
Experience in technical editing
Experience in science communication to policymakers
Value and tenure:
With a PhD: a tax-free post-doctoral stipend of ZAR 25,000 pm
With a Masters: a research assistant salary ZAR 25,000 pm (approximately R20,800 after tax).
The position is for 12 months, with the possibility of extension for a further year subject to satisfactory performance, and funds being available.
Applicants should submit (i) an application letter that includes a short description of their expertise and research interests, and how these relate to the position, (ii) a CV including a publication list, (iii) copies of academic transcripts and/or certificates, and (iv) email addresses of at least two references who been directly involved in their Masters, PhD and/or previous postdoctoral research.
Applications should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 24.00 on 27 May 2019.
Only eligible and complete applications will be considered by the selection committee.
Interviews will likely take place in the week of the 07 June 2019 and the successful candidate is expected to start as soon as possible thereafter.
Applications received before 27 May 2019 are guaranteed to be considered. Applications received thereafter may be considered if the position has not been filled.
The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications. The University of Cape Town also reserves the right to change the conditions of the award or to make no awards at all.