New vacancy: Postdoctoral Researcher for the OceanNETs Project

The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography
Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS)


Closing Date and Time: 22 February, noon
Grade and Salary: Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322
Contract Type: full time for 24 months
Vacancy ID:  149000

The Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) at the University of Oxford is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow to join the EU Horizon 2020 OceanNETs project.

OceanNETs investigates the potential benefits and risks of ocean-based methods for the removal of atmospheric carbon dioxide. OceanNETs uses a transdisciplinary research approach to find out whether ocean-based ‘negative emissions technologies’ can play a significant and sustainable role in achieving climate neutrality in the sense defined by the Paris Climate Convention. The project address also the potential economic, societal and political impacts on ocean-based carbon capture methods.

The InSIS-based OceanNETs postdoctoral research fellow will carry out social scientific research into public understanding of ocean-based CDR methods, local impacts of the proposed technologies, and criteria for a responsible governance of any eventual deployment, leading to high impact peer reviewed publications.  They will design, conduct and analyse stakeholder engagement processes focused on ocean-based carbon dioxide removal and develop a set of research-based principles for Responsible Research and Innovation for the field of marine-based carbon dioxide removal.  It will be the responsibility of the post holder to integrate the OceanNETs research portfolio within the new Oxford Net Zero initiative.

If appointed, you will join a research team led by Javier Lezaun and hosted by the University of Oxford’s Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) and the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME).  InSIS has a long track-record in the research of ‘climate engineering’ and its governance. The new OceanNETs postdoctoral researcher will also be a member of the recently launched Oxford Net Zero initiative.

The position is full time for 24 months.

The deadline for applications is Monday 22nd February 2021 at 12 noon.

Interviews are expected to be held online in the week commencing 1st March 2021.


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