Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Business Transformation

University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

United Kingdom

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is seeking to appoint a Fellow in sustainable finance under The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme. Funding for the Fellowship has been secured through a philanthropic donation from Anglian Water Service Ltd to evaluate processes for sustainability decision-making. Stewardship of the Programme lies with CISL.

The successful candidate will be part of our exciting new Fellowship Programme, aiming to unlock the potential of the University to partner with business, government and finance institutions on real-world challenges and opportunities that must be addressed in order to build a sustainable economy. The ambition is to foster new transdisciplinary thinking on sustainability, leading to practical insights, tools and recommendations for decision-makers to carry into their organisations alongside important advances in fundamental knowledge.

The Fellow will explore the creation of a framework and associated process to embed sustainability into corporate decision making. This may involve understanding how resources can be most efficiently and effectively allocated at a regional scale. The research outputs must be applicable within the UK, including the water sector, and preferably also transferable to other industries and jurisdictions.

CISL encourages senior and early career researchers to apply and will appoint a Fellow at the appropriate grade for a period of three years. Applications are welcome from highly regarded researchers from any relevant discipline with a strong academic record and interest in conducting research in business, policy or civil-society contexts.

This post is full-time or part-time (minimum 80% FTE), and CISL is open to secondments or similar arrangements which accommodate moderate existing commitments. The post is tenable for three years with a preferred start date in Summer 2021, unless agreed otherwise. The Programme will be based at CISL's new premises; a low carbon retrofitted building in the centre of Cambridge, which will serve as a vibrant atmosphere for collaborative research.

Please provide a full CV, cover letter, and research proposal containing a 1 - 2,000-description with a 100-word summary intended for a general audience. If you wish to be considered for this opportunity on the basis of a secondment, you will need to provide evidence of home institutional support after the interview stage.

Applicants must be committed to the values that underpin CISL's work and, our Fellows will be expected to have the following attributes:

  • Sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge to design and execute research of a high standard;
  • The skills and experience to work independently and manage own workload with limited oversight, while also seeking to foster fruitful collaborations;
  • The ability to continually update knowledge in the specialist area and engage in continuous professional development;
  • The creativity and initiative to develop a new project and the intellectual energy and independent thinking necessary to deliver the research;
  • Clear enthusiasm for engaging flexibly and responsively to opportunities for impact.

To view further information about the role and application processes, please visit: https://www.cisl.cam.ac.uk/research/prince-wales-global-sustainability-fellowship-programme

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If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Human.Resources@cisl.cam.ac.uk or visit the FAQ section on our website.

Please quote reference EN25414 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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