Science Officer – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is filling the position of
Science Officer in the Technical Support Unit (IPCC WGI)
Located at the University of Paris-Saclay (France)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is beginning its Sixth Assessment cycle. Working Group I (WGI) assesses the physical scientific aspects of the climate system and climate change. The WGI Technical Support Unit (TSU), which provides the scientific, technical and organizational support of the activities and products of the WGI, is located at the University of Paris-Saclay, France. The successful candidate will join a multi-disciplinary, international team and a fascinating working environment.

The Science Officer will work closely with the Co-Chairs of WGI and will report to the Head of Science of the TSU. The successful candidate will assist in the science-related activities of the TSU, providing scientific support in the scoping, preparation, and review of the Special Report on climate change, oceans and cryosphere, co-organized with WGII. The Science Officer will also be working in the support and implementation of the WGI contributions more broadly to Special Reports, the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, IPCC Workshops, and Expert Meetings.


  • PhD in climate science and scientific publications with relevance to climate change, oceans and/or cryosphere;
  • Experience in scientific report writing, editing and/or peer review;
  • Experience in international projects;
  • Experience in communication and outreach.


  • High mobility and motivation to work in a international team with a common long-term goal;
  • Ability to plan, organize and execute complex multi-task problems;
  • Outstanding social skills and capability to interact with the international science community;
  • Capacity to respect time constraints and stress-resistance;
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English at science level; working knowledge of French would be an asset;
  • Previous experience in IPCC work and process would be an asset.

The position is for three years, with the possibility of extension through the completion of the project to 2022. Availability to start before December 2016.


Please send your application consisting of a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, list of publications, and contact details of three referees by July 15th, 2016 to Dr. Anna Pirani (, Head WGI TSU.

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