Opportunity: Senior Research Associate

£35,333 to £42,155 per annum

Developing a holistic assessment of the feasibility of Carbon Dioxide Removal methods. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a researcher to conduct research on ways to combine qualitative and quantitative information about the feasibility of carbon dioxide removal methods.

Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) methods have a pivotal role in achieving net zero emissions and limiting the impacts of climate change. The methods, amount and timing of carbon dioxide removal is impacted by, and has implications for, decarbonising energy, land use change, the earth system response and global society. Uncertainties in each of these components, combined with the rapid pace of development of CDR methods and policy, make assessing the feasibility of CDR methods challenging. The successful candidate will seek to address the underrepresentation of social, political, cultural, and institutional aspects of the feasibility of CDR.

You will need good qualitative research skills, an ability to communicate quantitative research findings, and experience of working collaboratively with stakeholders. You will work closely with UK stakeholders from policy, civil society, and business to develop, apply and evaluate a new method for combining quantitative and qualitative information about the feasibility of carbon dioxideremoval methods. You will use literature review, online and in-person interviews and online workshops.


The project is funded through a Philip Leverhulme Prize awarded to Dr Naomi Vaughan. You will work with Dr Vaughan and be part of a vibrant interdisciplinary research environment at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research within the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA. There will be opportunities to interact with the 3S Science, Society and Sustainability research group at UEA, with UEA’s community of interdisciplinary researchers, and with other Tyndall Centre partners in Manchester and Newcastle as part of the Reaching Zero Emissions research theme.

This full-time post is available from 1 April 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter for a fixed term period of 20 months.

UEA offers a variety of flexible working options and although this role is advertised on a full-time basis, we encourage applications from individuals who would prefer a flexible working pattern including compressed working hours, part time, term-time only and/or hybrid working (part-time working will be constrained by the end date of the grant funding and must end 31 December 2025). Details of preferred hours should be stated in the personal statement and will be discussed further at interview.

Closing Date: Tuesday 28 February 2023

Apply here: https://myview.uea.ac.uk/webrecruitment/pages/vacancy.jsf?latest=01009324

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