Head of Technical Support Unit / Science – Research (CIS / IPCC WGII TSU)

Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is filling the position of

Head of Technical Support Unit/Science – Research (CIS / IPCC WGII TSU)

Full Time (3-year contract)

Location: Singapore

Educational Level: Doctorate or equivalent

Deadline: 08.02.2024

About Us

Singapore Management University , where some of the staff members of the Working Group II Technical Support Unit (TSU) will be based, is a place where high-level professionalism blends together with a healthy informality. The ‘family-like’ atmosphere among the SMU community fosters a culture where employees work, plan, organise and play together – building a strong collegiality and morale within the university.

Our commitment to attract and retain talent is ongoing. We offer attractive benefits and welfare, competitive compensation packages, and generous professional development opportunities – all to meet the work-life needs of our staff. No wonder, then, that SMU continues to be given numerous awards and recognition for its human resource excellence.

Job Description

  • This position is for College of Integrative Studies / IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit (CIS)
  • Coordinate and oversee science-related aspects of the TSU.
  • Manage the scientific support for the Working Group II activities and products during the Seventh Assessment cycle.
  • Develop and manage processes for scoping, preparation, review, and completion of reports.
  • Collaborate closely with Working Group II Co-Chairs and Bureau to shape and guide scientific aspects of assessments.
  • Support the development of summary products such as the Summary for Policymakers and Technical Summary, as well as the Synthesis Report.
  • Coordinate scientific contributions to Working Group II meetings and sessions.
  • Supervise scientific staff in the Working Group II TSUs.
  • Maintain communication and collaboration with Heads of Science from other TSUs.


  • PhD in climate- or environmental-science related field, preferably in the following fields: climate change impacts, climate adaptation, environmental modelling, socio-economic system analysis; and at least 10 years of work experience in the abovementioned or related fields.
  • Scientific publications in refereed journals.
  • Experience leading a multi-cultural science team;
  • Working on international projects;
  • Scientific report writing and editing.
  • Ability to develop, plan and execute complex multi-task workloads.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and capability to interact with international science community.
  • Proficient in oral and written English at an academic publication level.
  • High degree of stress-resistance and capacity to work to deadlines.
  • Willingness to travel internationally.
  • Experience working with UN processes, in particular the IPCC, would be an asset.

Please apply here.