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Research Associate / Senior Research Associate (Fixed Term)

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is seeking to appoint a Fellow (0.8 FTE - full-time, 18 months) in sustainable finance under The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme. Funding for the Fellowship has been secured through a philanthropic donation from Heathrow Airport LtD but academic stewardship of the Programme lies with CISL. The successful candidate will work on integrating transition and physical risks for the UK aviation industry.

CISL is a globally influential institute within the University of Cambridge working on a mission to develop leadership and solutions towards a sustainable economy.

The role

The Fellowship builds on research conducted over the last 16 months by Dr Bojun Wang who previously held the title of Prince of Wales Fellow.

The long-term horizon and non-linear nature of climate-related risks make it inherently challenging to quantify the financial impacts of transition and physical risks in aviation, even more so when it comes to measuring their combined effects and interplays holistically. To develop approaches that encompass both physical and transition risk drivers in the aviation sector and to work towards estimating the potential financial materiality of climate change risks in aviation, the Fellow may wish to be guided in their research by one or more of the following questions:

  • (i) how to capture feedbacks and interrelationships between physical and transition risks in an integrated narrative
  • (ii) how to link qualitative exploratory narratives (i.e. pathways) with science-based quantitative predictions (i.e. outcomes) to assess transition and physical risks in the aviation sector?

CISL encourages senior researchers to apply for a period of 18 months (extensions subject to availability of funding). Please provide a CV, cover letter and research proposal (500-1,000 words + 100-word summary) that would be understandable by a general audience. If you wish to be considered for this opportunity as a secondment, you will need to provide evidence of home institutional support post-interview stage.

Key skills and experience

Applicants must be committed to the values that underpin CISL's work and our Fellows will be expected to have the following attributes:

  • Sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge to design and execute research of a high standard;
  • The skills and experience to work independently and manage own workload with limited oversight, while also seeking to foster fruitful collaborations;
  • The ability to continually update knowledge in the specialist area and engage in continuous professional development;
  • The creativity and initiative to develop new ideas and the intellectual energy and independent thinking necessary to address questions through research;
  • Clear enthusiasm for (and experience of) generating opportunities for research impact.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

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