Science-Policy Officer : ClimateXChange

Salary: £37,992

We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to perform a leadership role within the Adaptation work programme of ClimateXChange (Scotland’s Centre of Expertise on Climate Change).

ClimateXChange is an innovative multi-partner consortium involving 16 of Scotland’s leading research and higher education institutions. It provides independent advice, research and analysis to support the Scottish Government as it develops and implements policies on adapting to the changing climate and the transition to a low carbon society.

We are looking for a candidate with proven success in policy dialogue and in summarising scientific evidence for policy makers.  You will have an understanding of climate change and adaptation issues, ideally in relation to biodiversity and the natural environment.  You will also demonstrate excellent coordination, organisational and managerial skills, and a willingness to work between contrasting organisations in a multidisciplinary team. You will be ready to work with colleagues across diverse themes including the natural environment, buildings and infrastructure networks, and society. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a proven ability to write for a non-academic, ideally policy audience and to work collaboratively with stakeholders from a range of institutional backgrounds.

Principal Duties

The post holder will be based at and employed by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), and will take a leading role in a small multi-institutional team developing climate change adaptation indicators. Activities include the development of indicators relating to the natural environment, and coordinating teams working on the built environment and infrastructure networks and society.  The adaptation indicators will be used by Scottish Government and others to understand how Scotland is preparing to cope with climate change and to support successful adaptation policy making. This is a policy-facing research role and involves very regular interaction with the policy community in Scotland, including for example Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Historic Scotland and policy leads in the Scottish Government.

The objectives of the post include:

  • Scoping and summarising scientific evidence of climate change and adaptation across Scotland;
  • Collating adaptation indicator metrics and supporting information;
  • Developing indicator cards that summarise adaptation trends to inform Scottish Government policy teams;
  • Liaising with policy teams and stakeholders to ensure the indicators and their communication are relevant and timely;
  • Coordinating the development of indicators by fellow researchers across diverse themes including the natural environment, buildings and infrastructure networks and society;
  • Undertaking responsive work scoping and summarising scientific evidence on adaptation for the Scottish Government;
  • Supporting the development of adaptation practice and demonstration within the RBGE.

Appointment and Application procedure

The post is a one year fixed term appointment (Oct. 2014 – Oct. 2015) with the expectation of an extension of funding to 2016 and beyond.  A full job description and person specification can be downloaded from this page.  Further details can be obtained from and  Informal enquiries or questions with regards to this post can be directed to Dr Chris Ellis ( We will consider a secondment to cover one or more years of this post.
Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter, outlining the skills and experience you could bring to the post, as well as a completed equal opportunities form, to by 5pm GMT on Fri. 26th September 2014. Candidates selected for interview will be informed by Thursday 2nd October with interviews held at RBGE on Wednesday 8th October.

No recruitment agencies please.

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