Senior Scientist

£43,116 to £49,944 per annum (We normally offer a starting salary at the start of the range)
Permanent / Full Time (37.5 hours per week based in the UK)
Location: Exeter. Relocation support may be available for this role.

Greenpeace International (GPI) is looking for a Senior Scientist to join the GPI Science Unit which is part of the newly formed Political, Science and Research Pillar. Being part of the wider International Programme Department, the Science Unit collaborates with others to provide vision, strategic direction, steer and support for an ambitious Global Programme, with a focus on impact-critical National and Regional Organisations (NROs).

As Senior Scientist, you will give scientific support to Greenpeace campaigns with special responsibility for climate science developments, including critical review of proposed technological developments such as geoengineering and carbon capture and storage and the ways in which such proposals potentially extend the continued use of fossil fuels. You will bring your deep knowledge and research experience, to provide strategic input to the Greenpeace global programme.

Ensuring the highest scientific standards are developed and maintained will be key to this role. In addition, you will need to monitor and keep conversant with current scientific thinking on relevant issues, so as to promote science and its use in policy in a way which will facilitate environmental protection.

You will be required to represent Greenpeace at global and national high-level meetings and processes that require scientific and technical credibility on the issue of climate change, its diverse impacts and potential mitigations.

In this role you will:

  • Provide strategic input and recommendations to shape global programme goals and strategies with a scientific basis
  • Support campaign planning and implementation through science-related elements
  • Design and conduct field research projects, produce reports based on data
  • Act as a representative of Greenpeace International at global and national high-level meetings requiring scientific credibility on climate change, in addition to external bodies and the media as necessary
  • Stay at the forefront of scientific advancements relating to climate change and uphold the highest standards of research
  • Evaluate and provide insights on emerging technologies such as geoengineering and carbon capture and storage
  • Assist in quality control functions of the Science Unit
  • Research scientific subjects for international campaigns
  • Provide input on science strategy and tactics for campaigns
  • Advise on health and safety aspects of scientific field activities
  • Participate in project development within the Science Unit
  • Collaborate with Science Unit staff and maintain professional contacts with relevant scientists
  • Develop and maintain specialist knowledge in climate change and related subjects
  • Assist in Science Unit work related to specific geographical regions.

What we're looking for:

Remember no one has every skill or experience needed for this role and you'll have the opportunity to learn a lot from the team. We believe someone who has a few of these is well suited to exceed in this role:

  • PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline with a commitment to developing a strong scientific publication record.
  • Significant experience in scientific research and its application to policy and strategy development.
  • A good understanding of how science works and an ability to build strong, productive networks and relationships.
  • Strong research, analysis and reporting skills. The ability to effectively prioritise work elements, interpret findings and provide actionable insights.
  • An interest in citizen science as it relates to movement building and people powered campaigning.
  • Strong advocacy skills - the ability to help diverse teams to achieve agreed goals and to drive real-world change.
  • Experience in working with multicultural staff and teams and across borders.
  • Fluent written and spoken English.
  • Demonstrable support for and belief in the Greenpeace network core aims and values.

What you can expect:

The Greenpeace International Research Laboratories are part of the Political, Science and Research Unit at Greenpeace International. Based at the University of Exeter in the UK, the laboratories provide scientific advice and analytical support to Greenpeace offices worldwide, over a range of disciplines. The laboratories are equipped with hardware for the analysis of heavy metal and organic contaminants in a range of environmental samples. An extensive database of scientific literature has been built up since 1986 and serves as a core information resource.

The expertise of the group encompasses a number of disciplines, including toxicology, organic and inorganic analytical chemistry, biochemistry and terrestrial and marine ecology.

You'll be encouraged to develop both personally and professionally, taking advantage of the wide range of learning and development opportunities available to our staff. Staff can also access various wellbeing initiatives and also have the opportunity to join our global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion staff communities.

About us:

Greenpeace is a global campaigning network. It comprises 25 independent national/regional organisations, and a coordinating organisation, Greenpeace International. Greenpeace uses peaceful, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and develop solutions for a green and peaceful future.

Our goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity. That means we want to:

  • protect biodiversity in all its forms
  • prevent pollution and abuse of the earth's ocean, land, air and fresh water
  • end all nuclear threats
  • promote peace, global disarmament and non-violence

To Apply

We welcome everyone to apply for our positions. We understand that some candidates hesitate to apply unless they meet 100% of the criteria. However, we strongly encourage you to apply if you meet some of the key criteria for our roles. We'd love to know how your unique experience can bring value to our team. We believe in people power and having representation from many different communities to effect change.

If you share our vision, please click the apply now button.

Addressing the key criteria is an important part of your application. We will be looking for evidence that demonstrates your skills and experience in these areas. Use examples where possible, to draw attention to experience, knowledge, achievements and skills gained in past employment or voluntary/leisure activities, provided they are relevant to the post.

It's advisable to prepare your responses to the key criteria before starting your online application, as you are unable to save and return to it at a later date.

At GPI, we understand the benefits of using open AI tools (e.g. ChatGPT), however for the purpose of this application we prefer to see answers that were tailored by candidates themselves, without relying too much on these tools, so we can get a good impression on your thinking.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please email us. Please note that all applications have to be filled out via the website and can't be submitted via this email.

Greenpeace International is an equal opportunity employer with a longstanding commitment of providing a work environment that respects the dignity and worth of each individual. We recognise and value the benefits and strengths that diversity brings to our employees and the whole organisation and we thrive in an environment that encourages respect and trust. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, colour, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and would like to invite you especially to apply!

CLOSING DATE: Sunday 7th of July 2024, 23:59 (CEST)

published: 14 June 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.