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Working Group I of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is filling the position of

Science Officer in the Technical Support Unit (Ref. SCO001)

The position is located
in the Paris area, at Gif-sur-Yvette (France).

The Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

IPCC was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN
Environment) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide
policymakers with rigorous, transparent, and objective scientific assessments
on climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to
put forward adaptation and mitigation options. The IPCC is now undertaking its
Seventh Assessment (AR7) cycle. The IPCC Working Group I (WGI) assesses the
physical science underpinning past, present, and future climate change. The WGI
Technical Support Unit (TSU) provides scientific, technical, operational and
communications support that underpin and implement the WGI assessment.

Technical Support Unit (TSU)

TSU works at the unique IPCC interface between science and policy in the
provision of the climate knowledge and information that is relevant for policy
needs and decision making. The team is responsible for facilitating and
implementing the assessment process undertaken by the author teams and overseen
by the WGI Bureau. We are seeking someone who is highly motivated to join a
team that spans different areas of expertise including climate sciences
(observations, climate processes, global and regional climate modeling), visual
design and communication, digital information development and management, and
international project management. The team is hosted by Université
Paris-Saclay and located in the facilities of Ecole normale supérieure (ENS)
Paris-Saclay in the Paris area.


Science Officer will work closely with the IPCC Working Group I Bureau and the
Authors and will report to the Head of Science Team. He/She will assist in the
scoping, preparation, review, and completion of the IPCC Special Report on
Cities and Climate Change and play a key role in ensuring the scientific
integrity and quality of the report. He/She will support the planning,
conducting, and reporting for the meetings and sessions organized by Working
Group I, including IPCC Workshops and Expert Meetings and contribute to the
scientific aspects of these meetings and sessions to facilitate informed
decision-making. The Science Officer will contribute to the development and
implementation of scientific plans related to the activities and products of
the Working Group I, assist in the reporting process for the scientific
outcomes of meetings, sessions, and other relevant activities. He/She will
provide scientific support in the development of outreach materials related to
the activities of the Working Group I and contribute to the creation of
materials that effectively communicate scientific findings to various
stakeholders. The Science Officer will take on additional responsibilities as
allocated after the completion of the IPCC Special Report on Cities and Climate


  • PhD
    in climate science and scientific publications with relevance to urban physical
    aspects (eg. urban climate monitoring and modeling, urban physics)
  • A
    broad understanding of interdisciplinary urban climate change science (eg.
    adaptation, mitigation in cities, governance) and of needs of urban decision
  • Experience
    working in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team;
  • Experience
    in scientific report writing and editing;
  • Ability
    to plan, organize and execute complex multi-task workloads;
  • Proficient
    in oral and written English at the academic publishing level;
  • Excellent
    communication and interpersonal skills and capability to interact with
    international science and stakeholder community;
  • Stress-resistance
    and ability to work precisely and effectively under time constraints;
  • Willingness
    to travel internationally;
  • Experience
    working with UN processes, in particular the IPCC, would be an asset.


position is a fixed term contract from Université Paris-Saclay for 3 years with
a possibility of extension for the duration of the IPCC Seventh Assessment
cycle planned for 6 years.

Please send by 22 April 2024, your application consisting of a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, and contact details of two referees,  to Clotilde Péan, Head of the WGI TSU quoting reference SCO001 in the title of the email.

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