The Unit ‘Climate and Planetary Boundaries’ of the European Commission – DG Research & Innovation supports the transition to a Healthy Planet, which is climate neutral and climate resilient by 2050 and operates within safe planetary boundaries. The main areas of Unit’s activities encompass:
- Contribution to the implementation of the European Green Deal, through research and innovation in the areas of Earth system science through three components climate science (mitigation and adaptation), biodiversity science and Environmental Observation;
- Contribution to the implementation of the Horizon Europe Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change, building on enhanced understanding of the impacts of climate change and expanding capacities and options to build long-term resilience;
- Strengthening scientific knowledge on global climate change and biosphere integrity, contributing to better, evidenced-based policymaking and policy implementation in support of key international processes (UNFCCC, CBD, IPCC, IPBES, GEO);
- Developing innovative nature-based solutions that deliver resilience to climate change, as well as socio-environmental benefits;
- Developing a fit for purpose planetary observation system for decision-making, focusing on supporting the socio-ecological transition.
The Jobholder will be responsible for development and implementation of research and innovation initiatives and policies in the field of climate change, with special regards to transition/decarbonisation pathways analysis, net-zero strategies and mitigation options, including climate-energy-economic modelling (notably Integrated Assessment) in support to the European Green Deal.
The main tasks will include conception, drafting and follow-up of relevant work programmes under Horizon Europe, monitoring of the project portfolio, and coordination of the R&I inputs to the design and implementation of relevant EU policies and initiatives in contribution to strengthening the science-policy interface and evidence-based policymaking.
She/He will work on closing knowledge gaps and improving the policy support toolbox for the transition to climate-neutral and climate-resilient Europe, accounting for SSH aspects and synergies/trade-offs between various dimensions of the European Green Deal. The successful candidate will also be responsible for international cooperations aspects. In fulfilling these tasks, the jobholder will develop and maintain relationships with other EC services, in particular DG CLIMA and CINEA Executive Agency.
She/He will follow key international science-policy developments in the area of climate science and mitigation of climate change, in particular the work of IPCC and to a lesser extent IPBES.
She/He will also take an active role in the dissemination, exploitation and communication of R&I results from EU-funded projects, in collaboration with other Commission services and networks.
Deadline for applications: 30 November 2022