Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Urban Sustainability

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We seek a highly skilled, recent PhD graduate with a deep understanding of, and research experience in, the sustainability challenges faced by fast growing cities in developing countries.

This is unique post-doctoral fellowship offered by the WWF Luc Hoffmann Institute, a boundary organization working with WWF, one of the largest environmental organisations in the world, to conduct and deliver high impact, multidisciplinary scientific research to policy and practitioner communities.

The aim of the WWF Luc Hoffmann Fellows Program is to build conservation science leadership capacity in the countries where this capacity is most needed. Our fellows work at the interface between top academic institutions and the global WWF network, often leading collaborative research teams that combine experts and mentors from WWF, researchers from top Universities around the world, and workstream leads from the Luc Hoffmann Institute. We are only accepting applications from candidates who have citizenship within one of the GEF eligible countries.

About the Urban Sustainability Fellowship

The aim of this fellowship is to work with WWF staff to research urban development potential to help reduce humanity’s global footprint while protecting citizen’s opportunities for development and well-being. They will be a core member of the project entitled ‘The role of cities in reducing the footprint of humanity’.

The successful candidate will spend the first phase of their fellowship (3-4 months) working collaboratively with a WWF office to produce a roadmap for the next development phase of the Earth Hour City Challenge, researching the challenges and trends currently faced by fast growing cities and identifying opportunities to be taken on board by the WWF programme. The fellow will assess key research and synthesis needs linked to WWF’s role in fast-growing cities.

During the second phase, the fellow will work in a collaborative research team composed of a WWF lead, an academic lead, and key experts from inside and outside WWF and will identify and develop strategic indicators to monitor cities’ progress in their sustainability commitments and actions.

In addition to their research role, all Luc Hoffmann Fellows participate in the Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows Program, which provides leadership training, opportunities for joint research with other fellows and Luc Hoffmann Institute staff, and participation in the production of a variety of science to policy and practice products including research and policy briefs for end users in the private and public sector. For more information, please see the Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows Program.

Location/Contract Details:

WWF Office in Stockholm, Sweden for the first 4 months. This is a 2-2.5 year position that can begin as early as September 2014. The location for the remaining duration of the assignment is to be determined.

What you need:

We are seeking applicants with a doctoral degree in Environmental Science, Social Science, or Sustainability Science (eg. Environmental or Ecological Economics, Urbanization Development studies, Design, Land Use planning, Architecture, Environmental Politics), a strong record of scholarship, including relevant peer-reviewed publications; a deep understanding of current political affairs and the relationship between conservation and the external political agendas of various decision-makers; and strong written and verbal communication skills.

Additional desired qualifications include experience working with community, non-government and government organisations; strong skills in quantitative modelling, statistics, system thinking, and / or geographic information systems, experience with interdisciplinary research; capacity to translate research findings into public policy, including engagement with government decision makers; strong interest in applied, real-world conservation problem-solving and ability to interact with experts from different disciplinary backgrounds in this capacity; the ability to work both independently and cooperatively in multicultural environment, and a good sense of humour.

How to apply?

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Deadline for applications: September 12th, 2014

We are looking for highly skilled, interdisciplinary, action-oriented candidates who are willing to work in diverse teams to support effective transfer of rigorous science to policy application. This Fellow opportunity is open to candidates from countries eligible to Global Environment Facility (GEF) funding.

Mission of the WWF Luc Hoffmann Institute:

We bring researchers, stakeholders and WWF experts together to co-create evidence-based solutions to the toughest conservation and sustainable development problems. We work around the world, focusing research and synthesis to respond to the needs of decision-makers and practitioners, and creating timely evidence-based solutions to urgent environmental issues.

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.

Luc Hoffmann InstitutePost-Doctoral Fellowship in Urban Sustainability