University of Leeds Africa Research Fellowship in Co-production of Climate Services

  • PHD
  • £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
  • 4 September 2020

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in climate services? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a researcher to conduct research on the co-production of climate services in East Africa. This position is funded by Horizon 2020 as part of the project ‘Co-production of Climate Services in East Africa’ (CONFER).

CONFER aims to co-develop dedicated climate services in East Africa for the water, energy and food security sectors with stakeholders and end-users to enhance their ability to plan for and adapt to seasonal climate fluctuations.

This post will be based at Leeds and will involve coordinating and managing, together with the PI, a work package whose aim is to facilitate and support the co-production of climate services and enhance preparedness to climate risks in three priority sectors in the region - energy, water and food security. You will be working with stakeholders and end-users in the region as well as CONFER scientists. Your activities will include engaging with a range of stakeholders in the region through qualitative and participatory methods, conducting literature reviews, guiding and supporting the various stages of co-producing new climate services in the region with project partners and stakeholders as well as its co-evaluation and exploring the potential for upscaling and using the services developed with other organisations in the region.

The post-holder will be based at the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds and will be part of the research group on Climate Change Adaptation, Vulnerability and Services. There will also be opportunities to interact with the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds.

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As a Research Fellow you will have:

  • A PhD or near completion - i.e. the initial thesis needs to have been handed in at the point of application - in environmental and/or social sciences or a closely allied discipline;

  • A strong background in co-production, cllimate services, stakeholder engagement, conducting research in Africa;

  • Good experience in implementing qualitative and participatory research methods;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including a demonstrated capacity to undertake research and write it up in publishable form and an ability to write clearly and accessibly in English for academic and policy audiences;

  • A proven track record of peer-reviewed publications in high impact factor journals and presentations at international conferences;

  • Experience of working well both individually and cooperatively in a multidisciplinary team;

  • Good time management and planning skills, with the ability to meet tight deadlines, manage competing demands and work effectively under pressure without close support;

  • A strong commitment to your own continuous professional development;

  • The ability and willingness to travel to Africa in order to work. You may also have:

  • Existing collaborations with organisations and networks of interest in Africa/East Africa;

  • Experience of pursuing external funding to support research.

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Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.


You can apply for this role online; more guidance can be found on our How to Apply information page. Applications should be submitted by 23.59 (UK time) on the advertised closing date.

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