Post doc on climate change in London (UCL)

Ref Number
Professional Expertise
Research and Research Support
Working Pattern
Full time
£39,508 - £47,355
Contract Type
Working Type
Hybrid (20% - 80% on site)
Available For Secondment
Closing Date


About us

The IRDR is an exciting cross-UCL department, which leads research, knowledge, education and humanitarian action. By providing a focus for UCL activities with its breath of disciplinary emphasis, promotion of novel multidisciplinary research and translation into practice, the IRDR aims to assume a role of leadership both in the UK internationally. The department is in the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical sciences (MAPS), but works across all UCL’s faculties, spanning natural and social sciences, mathematics and statistics, engineering and development planning, global health, anthropology, the humanities, ethics and laws, and contributes to UCL’s Grand Challenges. The role will be part of the core team on Dr Susannah Fisher’s UKRI Future Leaders fellowship, Urgency with inclusion in global climate adaptation finance: why measurement matters. The five-year research programme focuses on the politics of knowledge in climate change adaptation.

About the role

The Research Fellow will lead research into how measurement practices, knowledge and expertise shape climate adaptation policies and programmes. The Fellow will contribute to academic debates as well as engaging with policy stakeholders around this dynamic and important policy area. The Fellow will form part of the core research team with the PI and post-doctoral counterparts in Kenya at the African Research and Impact Network and in Nepal at Practical Action Nepal. The Fellow will focus on the international scale, and will lead research into knowledge practices within selected multilateral or bilateral agencies and/or the UN climate negotiations and agreements. This will involve leading and designing semi-structured interviews, developing theoretical frameworks, observing international policy processes and adaptation programmes, and analysing documents. The Research Fellow will collaborate closely with the rest of the team to make theoretical and empirical links between the international and national scales of adaptation processes. The Fellow will benefit from a stimulating professional environment working on a high-profile project with multiple opportunities and support for career development. The position is available immediately, funded for 3 years in the first instance.

About you

We are seeking a candidate with a PhD in Science and Technology Studies, Human Geography, Political Science or a closely related subject such as Development Studies. You will have excellent qualitative research skills and a thorough knowledge of the broad issues around knowledge and expertise and/or climate change and development. You may have experience working on issues of climate finance or the UNFCCC negotiations, national adaptation planning, or monitoring and evaluation. You may have experience working in the global South or collaborating with partners in the global South. The successful applicant will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to communicate to a variety of audiences for different purposes. You will enjoy both academic research and policy engagement and be committed to working collaboratively with an international team being sensitive to issues of equality, diversity and inclusion. You will have excellent organisational skills and be able to take initiative as necessary to solve issues that arise. You will contribute to the IRDR multidisciplinary and multi-cultural intellectual environment.

What we offer

As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents, we also offer some great benefits some of which are below: • 41 Days holiday (27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days) • Additional 5 days' annual leave purchase scheme • Defined benefit career average revalued earnings pension scheme (CARE) • Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan • Immigration loan • Relocation scheme for certain posts • On-Site nursery • On-site gym • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay • Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service • Discounted medical insurance Visit to find out more.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL's workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women.

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Published: 05/18/2023