The BEIS Climate Science Team are looking to recruit a Scientist to join the small team who play help to ensure that the tracking of UK progress to net zero is based on world-leading science. In this role you will be helping to (i) ensure the team delivers a high quality, scientifically robust Greenhouse Gas Inventory for the UK, (ii) work internationally to ensure that inventories across the world are underpinned by excellent science, and the way in which different countries report their GHG emissions is coherent and consistent, (iii) run research projects which enhance our understanding of Greenhouse Gas emissions and the way in which different gases contribute to global warming, (iv) act as a point of expertise on UK and global GHG emissions trends and drivers, and (v) support the wider science team on issues relating to climate change mitigation.
The Climate Science Team is looking for an enthusiastic, numerate scientist with strong communicating and influencing skills, an interest in climate change and excellent team working skills.
This role in the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Workstream will be responsible for working between policy and analysts to ensure emissions reporting is based on the best available science. You will help to ensure that UK’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory remains world leading. Specifically the successful candidate will:
- Lead Conversations with international policy colleagues around the science and statistics of the Inventory and support the production of regular reports the UK makes to the UN on our progress towards meeting our climate change commitments;
- Support the international climate change team where GHG reporting and accounting issues interact with out strategic global objectives on climate change;
- Work with other specialists to implement any changes to the UK inventory required under international guidelines, and lead for the UK on the day-to-day relationship with the international science body, the IPCC TFI, who develop those guidelines;
- Act as focal point for the team on certain aspects of climate science, with a particular focus on being able to understand, and explain to others, how trends in GHG emissions across different regions, and the drivers underpinning these trends;
- Get involved in, and possibly lead, research projects to improve the Government’s understanding of GHG emissions and how these can be reduced.
This role is an excellent opportunity to have a significant impact on net-zero, and ensure that the emissions estimate we produce on behalf of the public are of the highest possible quality.
Reporting to a Senior Scientist within the inventory team, you will have responsibility for several areas of work, as described above. You will be responsible for establishing and delivering on your own SMART Objectives and support the wider work of the team. You will work within a team of around 10 scientists and statisticians, within a much wider network of scientists, policy officials and others, working across Departmental boundaries to tackle inventory issues.
Candidates should have a degree in an environmental science or other relevant science subject and a post-graduate degree or relevant work experience. The candidate must have specialist experience working in climate, energy or the environment (this may be academic or otherwise). They will have experience of presenting technical information to non-specialists in both oral and written form. Candidates will need to demonstrate ability to work flexibly and independently on various pieces of work, organising their time efficiently and prioritising to focus on critical tasks.
For more information and to apply, see the job on Civil Service Jobs here.