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Research Associate

Stockholm Environment Institute at York
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Stockholm Environment Institute, York

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is an international non-profit research organisation, focused on bridging science and policy to tackle environmental and social challenges. The York centre of SEI is located within the University of York, and is home to the Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) group, who are recruiting a Research Associate with mathematical and/or computational experience to support their work on the environmental risks associated with trade; in particular those linked to climate change and biodiversity loss. 


The successful candidate will work across three related projects for a period of two years: The EU H2020 CASCADES project and the Swedish Research Council (Formas) funded 'Transboundary Climate Impacts' project which aim to understand the conditions under which climate risks propagate beyond their geographical and temporal location in ways that may affect locations 'downstream', and The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Trade, Development and the Environment (TRADE) Hub project, which aims to explore how trade can be a driver of biodiversity loss and social impacts overseas. The successful candidate will join a team of researchers and support the development and application of SEI's trade models (SEI's Trase platform and IOTA model) and the exploration of potential extensions of these techniques into dynamic scenario modelling (e.g. computable general equilibrium, partial equilibrium) and network analysis. In collaboration with other colleagues at SEI, they will conduct research into the future climate risks that Europe may be exposed to via overseas agricultural commodity production and trade, and the impacts that biodiversity might be exposed to from trade. We welcome colleagues with transferable skills that can be applied to these research areas, in addition those with direct experience of this subject matter. They will assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects. In addition they will analyse and interpret data and write up research results and disseminate them through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

You will have an undergraduate degree, and a PhD or equivalent experience in mathematics, computer science, economics and/or environmental/sustainability science.

You will have excellent computer literacy with the ability to write and run scripts to process large datasets, and experience in mathematical/computational modelling including handling and manipulating large datasets - preferably in trade or supply chain contexts.

You must be able to effectively and confidently communicate your research (for publication in high profile journals and engagement in public dissemination) and produce work of a high quality, paying close attention to detail and with an ability to plan and prioritise your own work in order to meet deadlines.

You must also display enthusiasm for the research subject, with a commitment to personal development and a positive attitude towards colleagues in other areas and institutions, as well as feel comfortable working both independently and as part of an international research team. 

This is a fixed term contract for 2 years.

Interview date: 5 November 2020

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Chris West on

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