Senior Research Associate in Spatial Finance

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12/09/2022

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Grade 8: £42,159 – £50,296
Closing date: 12 noon, Tuesday 18 October 2022
We are seeking to appoint a Senior Research Associate in Spatial Finance, who would lead our land use and waste management research. Reporting to the Head of Transition Finance Research and the Deputy Head of the Spatial Finance Initiative and working closely with the Head of Machine Learning and Data Science, the postholder will be responsible for creating novel datasets and carrying out world-leading high impact research.
Aligning the financial system with global sustainability depends on accurate and granular data on the sustainability performance of companies. Asset-level data and insights allow for a bottom-up understanding of a wide range of sustainability risks, impacts and opportunities. At the Oxford Sustainable Finance Group, we have pioneered the concept of  Spatial Finance, which is the integration of geospatial data into financial decision-making. Asset-level data combined with observed and modelled geospatial insights provide unprecedented levels of transparency across the real economy. This is needed to hold investors, regulators, civil society and corporates to account on their and empower them to take effective action.
The Senior Research Associate will lead project teams working to develop, enhance, and deploy new global asset-level databases for land use and waste management sectors (e.g. pulp & paper production, agricultural commodities, solid waste management, wastewater treatment, etc.). The postholder will also develop industry specific climate and environmental risk analysis at a global scale, either by adapting existing analytical frameworks (e.g. Carbon Lock-In Curves) or developing new ones. This will involve developing a detailed understanding of these sectors including the material climate and environmental factors they face. The postholder will also be responsible for developing new research and proposals around asset-level data and spatial finance. Finally, the postholder will collaborate with multidisciplinary team members and engage with senior external stakeholders and users.
The successful candidate must hold, or be close to completion of, a relevant PhD/DPhil with significant research experience. You will possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop novel research projects and methodologies, particularly in the emerging domain of transition finance.
An appointment at Grade 7: £34,308 – £42,155 p.a. may also be considered for a less experienced candidate (with an adjustment of responsibilities).
Applications are particularly welcome and encouraged from women candidates and black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in posts in Oxford. SoGE is committed to equality and values diversity.
This is a fixed term post for 2 years with the possibility of extension depending on 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 18 October 2022, and interviews will be held in late October 2022.

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