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Director of Center Research (18509)

Employer
American University
Location
District of Columbia, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 10, 2022
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About the Department/Unit

American University's Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy (ICRLP) invites applications for a Director of Research. This is a full-time, non-faculty position devoted to conducting and supervising research on the social, political, economic, legal, ethical, and/or governance aspects of carbon removal. The successful candidate will be expected to have their own well-advanced research agenda that will attract significant external funding. The position will also supervise other affiliate researchers, and be responsible for managing and coordinating some of the Institute's research-based outreach activities.

The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy is dedicated to advancing sustainable carbon removal -- carbon removal that is good for the planet and at the same time good for people. Carbon removal is comprised of a diverse set of approaches to drawing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it for decades, centuries, or longer. Scientific assessments suggest that the drawing down of large amounts of atmospheric carbon dioxide will be needed to prevent the crossing of dangerous climate warming thresholds. Carbon removal is, in other words, going to be a necessary part of the world's climate change strategy. At the same time, not all forms of carbon removal are created equal. The Institute's work starts from the premise that exactly how carbon removal options are explored, developed, and deployed will matter a great deal for climate, social, broader environmental, and political impacts.

Summary/Objective

The Director of Center Research position is devoted to conducting and supervising research on the social, political, economic, legal, ethical, and/or governance aspects of carbon removal. The successful candidate will be expected to have their own well-advanced research agenda that will attract significant external funding. The position will also supervise other affiliate researchers, be expected to contribute to the writing of grants to fund Institute research, and be responsible for managing and coordinating some of the Institute’s research-based outreach activities.

Essential Functions
  1. Research related work: Maintaining an active academic research profile on social issues (broadly construed) relevant to sustainable carbon removal, including presenting research at academic conferences and publishing in peer-reviewed academic journals. Producing reports and other products on sustainable carbon removal and other subject matters aimed at non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and policymakers.
  2. Fundraising: Raising funding for and the mentoring of postdoctoral researchers at the Institute, possibly including researchers from other disciplines, who are working on issues related to carbon removal.
  3. Supervision & Mentorship: Working directly with postdoctoral and other researchers to identify important existing gaps in the literature, and help with the development of research projects around these areas . Supervising and mentoring part-time student researchers as they work on Institute projects and conduct their own academic research.
  4. Curriculum and workshop development and facilitation: Leading (including helping to raise funds for) and/or participating in periodic one- to two-week “crash courses” on carbon removal for junior researchers and interested members of civil society, which are tentatively planned to occur two or three times per year . This position will be responsible for helping to develop and lead an already-funded workshop or series of workshops aimed at the characterization of a progressive carbon removal agenda.


Supervisory Responsibility

6 new positions reporting to this position will be created:
  • 4 student researchers
  • 1 postdoctoral researcher
  • 1 research assistant
Work Environment
  • Travel required up to eight weeks per year.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Full Time - 35 hours per week, Monday-Friday.
  • Team Leader/Consultant B
  • Exempt
Required Education and Experience
  • Candidates should possess a Ph.D., J.D., or other advanced degree in the social sciences, broadly construed.
  • Candidates should have an established track record of academic research on social, political, economic, legal, ethical, and/or governance aspects of carbon removal; a willingness to engage in interdisciplinary discussions about carbon removal; and a strong grasp of issues in climate policy.
  • Supervisory experience and knowledge of issues in environmental justice and/or climate justice are desirable. Some travel will be required.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • PhD or equivalent
  • 8-10 years of relevant experience
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
  • To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn more about our health and safety directive.
Others
  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Benefits

AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite.Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options .

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