Science Officer of the IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit

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

Science Officer of the IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit

Do you have PhD or advanced degree in climate change impacts or relevant studies? And are you ready for a new step in your career as Science Officer? How would you like to be responsible for supporting and completion of the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Seventh Assessment Report? 

Deadline: 20/02/2024

What can you expect as Science Officer for the IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit (TSU)?

As Science Officer it is your task to provide science support for the TSU and the products and activities of Working Group II (WGII). You will support the science-related aspects of the scoping, preparation, drafting, review and completion of the contribution to the WGII, IPCC Seventh Assessment Report. This contribution will consist of multiple reports released over the course of the upcoming 5 to 7 years. 

You support the planning, running, and reporting of the meetings and sessions organized by WGII. This includes Lead Author meetings, IPCC Workshops and Expert Meetings. Furthermore, together with a dedicated TSU staff member you support the WGII members of the IPCC Task Group on Data and facilitate the curation of data products from the reports of WGII with the IPCC Data Distribution Centre. Familiarity with FAIR Principles in data management is therefore a must. 

What we expect from the Science Officer: 

We are looking for a science officer with several (5+) years of experience in a relevant field of work. You have a PhD or advanced degree in climate change impacts, environmental modelling, socio-economic system analysis, climate adaptation, risk assessment or a related field. In addition, you have: 

  • Scientific publications in refereed journals; 
  • Experience in scientific report writing and editing; 
  • Excellent communication in oral and written English;
  • Interpersonal skills and the capability to interact with an international science and stakeholder community; 
  • Stress-resistance and ability to work precisely and effectively under time constraints; 
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team;
  • Ability to plan, organize and execute difficult multi-task workloads;
  • Familiarity with FAIR Principles in data management is a must have. 

Other requirements: 

  • Willingness to travel internationally; 
  • Experience working with UN processes, in particular the IPCC, would be an asset.

About the working group 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is beginning its Seventh Assessment cycle. The Working Group II Technical Support Unit (TSU), which provides the scientific, technical and organisational support of the activities and products of the Working Group focusing on the Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability of Climate Change, is co-located at Deltares in the Netherlands and at the Singapore Management University in Singapore.

In this contract the scientific profile of the Science Officer needs to be aligned with the topical content of the Scientific Reports that will be developed by Working Group II. For this reason this is a fixed term contract that will end when the scope of upcoming reports is finalized, but no later than the end of the AR7 cycle. Start date for this position is as soon as possible. The position is funded by the Dutch government and employment conditions (e.g., renumeration scales, insurance and other benefits) is through Deltares.

  • The opportunity to work with a motivated and enthusiastic team in an informal work environment with global exposure;
  • A market-based salary, with scaling based on your experience;
  • Deltares has an open, inclusive and collaborative culture;
  • 34 days of vacation per year, vitality budget and a mobility budget;   
  • Here you can find more information about our attractive terms of employment.


Are you interested in this job and do you fit the job qualifications? Apply directly by uploading your CV and motivation letter plus a recommendation letter or references which we can contact. Deadline February 20. For more information you may contact Bart van den Hurk, co-Chair of Working Group II ( or Brian de Bruin (Recruitment Officer +31615267686).

Interviews will take place between March 5 and 8. Starting date: as soon as possible.

The position is based in the Netherlands. Working remotely from another country is not possible. Questions? Please call our recruiter. 

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