We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant in Nature Finance who would contribute to our sustainable finance research on nature and biodiversity, agriculture and land use sectors. Reporting to the Executive Director of Nature Finance, the Research Assistant will have expertise in nature, agriculture, agrifood and land/use sectors, and will contribute to high impact research in areas related nature finance and investment, including the development of bankable and investable markets in nature; how we finance nature recovery; financing nature recovery plans and related financial disclosures; new nature recovery-linked financial instruments and structures; the role of public financial institutions in correcting market failures that hinder nature recovery; engagement and stewardship in relation to nature; financial regulation and supervision relevant to nature finance; and data and analytics for measuring nature-related financial risks, impacts, and opportunities.
The post holder will manage their own research and administrative activities, within guidelines provided by senior colleagues. They will contribute to wider project planning, including ideas for new research projects. The successful candidate will select, follow, and adapt specialist methodologies to confirm or refute theories, and identify suitable alternatives where information or research material is restricted. They will also contribute to the design of research materials and make arrangements for data gathering and will gather, analyse, and present qualitative and/or quantitative data from a variety of sources.
It is essential that they hold a first degree, together with some relevant experience and a finance, economics, environmental science, biology, ecology, data science, geography, or sustainability MSc/MPhil. They will possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established research programmes and proficiency in computing and statistical techniques. They will also have experience of contributing to research publications and excellent communication skills, including the ability to write text that can be published, present data at conferences, and represent the research group at meetings.
Applications are particularly welcome and encouraged from women, black, and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in posts in SoGE. SoGE and SSEE are committed to equality and value diversity.
This post is fixed-term for 12 months, with the possibility of extension if external funds are available.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 08 December 2023, and we aim to conduct the interviews before Christmas 2023.
Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement as part of your online application.