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Job opportunities at the Global Systems Institute

As we grow our institute we will have a number of exciting opportunities to join us from early career to established researchers, academics, and professional support staff. You can hear from Tim Lenton, our Global Systems Institute director on what he is looking for below, as well as from current members of the institute on what you can expect from moving your career forward with us here at Exeter. Take a look and if this sounds like it’s you, then we want to hear from you!

Current opportunities

We are delighted to announce a new partnership working with Permian Global, a tropical forest project developer, to advance remote sensing of tropical forest degradation and regeneration. We are hiring a short-term research assistant and, with the generous support of the A. G. Leventis Foundation, are recruiting two PhD studentships to advance capabilities in this area to help address the global climate crisis.

Research Technician in Tropical Forest Remote Sensing Now closed

And two Leventis-funded PhD projects:

Ecological and environmental drivers of carbon storage and resilience in degraded areas of the Amazon 

Using novel satellite data to assess degradation and resilience of Amazon carbon stocks

Internal Opportunitites 

Global Systems Institute Theme Leaders (This call is open to all faculty employed at Lecturer and Above) 

The Global Systems Institute are looking for Theme Leaders toward co-creating new research direction that links to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

‌We are looking for a theme leader for each SDG theme and 3 additional sub theme leaders for Life on Land and Life Below Water. The sub themes for Land will be Ecology/Biology, Biochemistry, Modelling and these same three for Water/Oceans.

Theme leaders will develop co-ownership of research and bring the GSI community and others together to build a truly systemic view of coupled global changes in the human social and economic sphere and the biosphere. Theme leaders will seek to draw research from their subdiscipline groups together under one of the UN-SDG themes and work with other theme leaders to generate new research directions and thought leadership. Theme and Sub Theme Leaders will be responsible for hosting within theme events and between theme events that connect theme leaders. These can include directed topical discussions, thought experiments, connecting people towards thinking about mega projects/ mega bids. This can take a range of formats such as directed lunch chats, coffee meetings, half day meetings, Sandbox events, fishbowl conversations online thought generation e.g., using things like Padlet, the choice of approach is up to the theme leader. Additionally, theme leaders will contribute to specific GSI events such as the annual retreat. Theme leaders will also report to the GSI management board and will aid with dissemination of opportunities.

What we will offer theme leaders

  • Ability to inform and drive decision making with the GSI Management Board. We seek and support bottom-up connections to grow the institute and create an environment in which all our research can thrive  
  • Funding and administrative assistance for events
  • Support to build links with industry, policymakers and other stakeholders
  • Funding to aid in the production of publications and /or other outputs that demonstrate thought leadership
  • Support towards development of co-created income bids
  • Access to Masters students and the ability to offer projects to help momentum of the theme

Please lodge your interest Here by selecting the SDG that you would like to lead and include a short statement no more than 300 words of your interest and ideas. You may apply for more than one position.

Closing Date for Applications: Wednesday 5th May 

For additional information please contact Prof. Claire Belcher (Assistant Director for Internal Culture GS)

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