Call for Volunteer Chapter Scientists

Working Group III contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is in the process of developing the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). Working Group III (Mitigation) is seeking highly motivated individuals to act as volunteer Chapter Scientists to support author teams of the Working Group III contribution to the AR6. Further information relating to the report can be found here.

Tasks to be carried out by Chapter Scientists may include fact checking, reference checking, confirming the completeness of responses to reviewer comments, and assisting with figures and tables. The positions will provide volunteers with the opportunity to get involved in the IPCC process and to help ensure the quality and robustness of an important IPCC product.

Chapter scientists will participate on a voluntary basis and will not be employees of the IPCC, or IPCC Working Group III, and will be expected to work from their home institutions.  However, travel and subsistence support will be provided to allow participation in Lead Authors Meetings. This funding is being provided via the Working Group III Technical Support Unit for developing country Chapter Scientists only. This funding does not originate from the IPCC Trust Fund. Successful applicants will need to demonstrate that they can commit at least 30% of their time for a minimum of eighteen months between August 2019 and March 2021.

Applicants must have a Ph.D., Master’s degree, or ongoing study toward a Ph.D. or Master’s degree in a subject related to climate change. To support the training of the next generation of assessment scientists, applicants with a Ph.D. must be applying within 5 years of completion of their Ph.D. Applicants must also be citizens of and resident in a developing country (countries listed in Table C of the UN Country Classification) at the time of application.

Further information on the role and selection criteria available here.

Volunteer Chapter Scientists will be assigned to one of the 17 AR6 WG III chapters, and may also assist Coordinating Lead Authors in ensuring consistency and coherence across a group of chapters. The successful applicants will work under the general rules and procedures of the IPCC.

To apply, please send a completed application form available here, along with a curriculum vitae, evidence that you have the required time available and a letter of support from the institution at which you are studying or employed, to:

Juliette Malley, WG III Technical Support Unit – tsu@ipcc-wg3.ac.uk

Applications will be accepted until midnight CET Sunday 3 March 2019.

Please note we do not expect Chapter Scientists to be appointed until late April at the earliest, as the screening and selection process will coincide with the AR6 WG III first Lead Author Meeting.