Oxford Net Zero is Hiring – Join as Fossil Fuel Fellow

Apr 13, 2023

Oxford Net Zero has an exciting opening for a Research Fellow on Net Zero for the Fossil Fuel Sector and non-stipendiary Research Fellowship at Kellogg College.

We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow on Net Zero for the Fossil Fuel Sector as a part of the  Oxford Net Zero Initiative, which will also include a non-stipendiary Research Fellowship at Kellogg College for the duration of the appointment. This new post is a unique translational research fellowship to advance our understanding of, and find solutions and pathways for, aligning the fossil fuel extractive industry to the global requirement to reach net zero emissions by mid-century. The post combines interdisciplinary research with industry engagement, as part of the university-wide Oxford Net Zero programme supported by the University’s Strategic Research Fund. You will bring your research insights to support the University to develop and implement its framework for evaluating the net zero commitments of companies and entities linked to the fossil fuel sector from which it is considering receipt of donations and research funding.


Responsibilities of the post include developing and leading a programme of research to define what is required from the fossil fuel (oil, gas and coal) sectors and companies in order to be aligned to the goal of global net zero carbon emissions by mid-century, including a framework for evaluating the robustness of corporate net zero plans. You will adapt existing and develop new research methodologies and materials relevant to decarboniation in the fossil fuel sector. You will manage your own academic research and administrative activities and use project management techniques to plan different work strands, engage stakeholders and meet deadlines. You will work closely with the University’s Development Office Research Team to support the provision of advice and information to the University’s Committee to Review Donations and Research Funding. You will develop ideas for generating research income and publish outputs in leading journals.


You will hold, or be close to completion of a relevant PhD/DPhil and possess specialist knowledge of net zero transition plans for high-emitting sectors, and understanding of the business models and strategies of companies in the fossil fuel extractive industry. You will have the ability to develop strong and trusted relationships with senior stakeholders. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent to a research group (or equivalent) at meetings is essential. A track record of contributing to publications and presentations is a must.


Applications are particularly welcome and encouraged from women candidates and black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford. SoGE is committed to equality and values diversity.
This is a fixed term post for 3 years with the possibility of an extension depending on further funding.
Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Tuesday 2 May 2023 and interviews will be held in mid-May 2023.

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