Chapter Scientists for Working Group II Chapters

Note: Deadline for applications was 27 May 2019

The African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) wishes to appoint two Postdoctoral Research Fellows (PDRF) to act as Chapter Scientists for the IPCC AR6 Chapter 9 “Africa Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” and Chapter 17 “Decision-Making Options for Managing Risk”.

The primary role of a Chapter Scientist is to provide technical support to one of the IPCC Report chapters. The responsibilities of the Chapter Scientists are to an author team, not to an individual of an author team. The Coordinating Lead Authors (CLAs) of each chapter, in consultation with their author team and the Working Group II 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.  The Chapter Scientist will need to be available to attend all relevant Lead Author Meetings (LAMs).

Being a Chapter Scientist is an excellent opportunity for early-career researchers to participate in the IPCC process.  Attendance at the IPCC author meetings are an excellent opportunity to meet and work with a diverse set of high-profile scientists from multiple countries. The Chapter Scientist will also be encouraged and supported to produce research and/or policy publications aligned with the broader goals of the chapter they support.

The positions are open to recent PhD and Masters graduates in a field of study relevant to each Chapter.

The scientists will be directly supervised by Dr Chris Trisos (CLA, Chapter 9) and Prof Mark New (CLA, Chapter 17) on behalf of each Chapter’s CLAs and LAs.

Application deadline: 27 May 2019

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