Research Fellow: Supply chain emissions accounting (Trase)

Stockholm Environment Institute

Stockholm, Sweden

Job posting number: #7088783

Posted: November 10, 2021

Application Deadline: December 3, 2021

Job Description

SEI HQ is recruiting a highly motivated Research Fellow to lead an emerging area of research and impact within the Trase initiative on greenhouse gas emissions linked to commodity supply chains who has a strong background in research on emissions from the agricultural sector and proven experience of ensuring research is policy relevant and actionable.

Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Deadline: 3 December 2021
Length of contract: Fixed term, 3 years, with possibility of renewal

Join our international non-profit research organization and help create a sustainable and prosperous future for all! SEI HQ is a dynamic and expanding workplace that employs around 100 people from 28 different nationalities in an activity-based office in central Stockholm (Garnisonen), with an additional 170 employees in centres around the world.

Trase (Transparency for Sustainable Economies) is a pioneering sustainability data and intelligence initiative that reveals the connections between consumers, producers and investors, as well as the environmental and social impacts linked to global supply chains. The Trase approach draws on vast sets of production, trade, customs and financial data, for the first time laying bare the flows of globally traded commodities – such as palm oil, soya and beef – at scale, as well as the flows of capital used to finance this trade. Trase is a direct response to the ambitious commitments made by leaders across sectors to achieve deforestation-free supply chains and the urgent need this creates for a breakthrough in assessing and monitoring sustainability performance. Trase is jointly led by SEI and Global Canopy with many additional partners and close collaborators. The Trase team is made up of over 30 individuals, located in nine countries and brought together by enthusiasm, curiosity and drive.

The role
SEI HQ is recruiting a highly motivated Research Fellow to lead an emerging area of research and impact within the Trase initiative on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) linked to commodity supply chains. The food system contributes 34% of GHG emissions and is increasing year on year. Seventy one percent of the total emissions of the food system, or 24% of all anthropogenic emissions, are due to the combination of land use and land-use change and production practices, with tropical deforestation from agricultural expansion one of the largest contributors.

The high resolution of Trase’s supply chain mapping has the potential to underpin a step change in the resolution and quality of Scope 1 and Scope 3 emissions assessments by and of countries and companies involved in the production, trade, processing and retail of agricultural commodities, as well as investors financing these companies. This role will help lead research and science-based applications to ensure that the work of Trase contributes effectively to the burgeoning demand by governments, companies and investors for supply chain emissions accounting. This includes identifying and helping implement contributions that Trase data can make to GHG Protocol, the Science Based Targets initiative and other actors supporting public policy, as well as private-sector action to ensure that methods and data developed by Trase are fully aligned with emerging standards and seen as credible and accessible by the emissions assessment community. As part of this effort, the role will also help ensure that Trase provides high-quality estimates of carbon emissions from ecosystem conversion and agricultural practices, focused on soy, beef and oil palm in particular, with the scope to look at emissions from other supply chain stages.

The successful applicant will have a strong background in research on emissions from the agricultural sector, including livestock and/or supply chain emissions accounting, preferably regarding agricultural commodities in the tropics, as well as proven experience of ensuring that his/her/their research is policy relevant and actionable by public or private sector organizations, including the financial industry.

You will be part of a leading multinational, multidisciplinary and multilingual team of experts working across the Trase initiative while also delivering on an exciting and fun project! We value diversity, inclusivity and creativity at the core of what we do and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. Through this role, you will be making a major contribution to the overall Trase strategy for 2021–2025 to mainstream the deployment and uptake of Trase data, analyses and methods to help transform the sustainability of commodity trade.

The Research Fellow will work in collaboration with experts across the Trase research, supply chain mapping, including impact assessment, and engagement teams, as well as in-country experts and partners in commodity-producing countries across the world.

Key responsibilities
Advance methods, in collaboration with colleagues in the Trase team and partners, to account for GHG emissions from the agricultural sector, including from on-farm practices and deforestation and ecosystem conversion for soy, pasture, cocoa and palm land uses and derived commodities and products
Advance methods, in collaboration with colleagues in the Trase team and partners, to account for GHG emissions in downstream stages of commodity transport and manufacturing
Support Trase to develop data products that can be used in supply chain emissions accounting processes, including third party tools (such as LCA products and databases)
Participate in policy processes and initiatives linked to the development of improved emissions accounting of commodity supply chains, including regarding GHG Protocol, the Science Based Targets initiative, country or EU actions under the Paris Agreement, the Task Force for Climate-Related Financial Disclosure requirements and other public or private sector initiatives.
Help develop partnerships with leading experts and practitioners working in this area to deliver robust science and ensure Trase’s work remains actionable and policy relevant
Present research and project results in meetings and international conferences
Support engagement activities related to this work and as part of the wider Trase impact strategy
Lead publication of communication pieces, including blog posts, insights, policy briefs and peer-reviewed articles.

Who you are
You should have a strong interest in sustainability and climate issues, with a background in emissions accounting in the agricultural sector, ideally linked to agricultural expansion, deforestation and commodity trade.

You will be an independent thinker driven by the importance of building strong bonds of trust and respect with your co-workers. You are also passionate about working to help understand some of the major environmental and sustainability challenges the world is facing in the 21st century. You will work independently and as part of a team in a highly flexible and exciting research and innovation environment.

Formal qualifications and knowledge
PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant field of Environmental Sciences, Industrial Ecology or equivalent and a strong background in one or more of the following: emissions accounting, LCA and land-use change dynamics, with strong competence in quantitative data skills and analysis
Proven ability to apply research to policy and practice of emissions accounting, whether in private or public sector
Proven publication record in area(s) of expertise
Fluency in written and spoken English
Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

Desirable qualifications
Prior experience engaging with Scope 3 emissions accounting, including as related to the GHG Protocol, Science Based Targets Initiative, PEF, OEF, and other corporate or government-led initiatives
Prior experience working on ecosystem conversion due to commodity expansion, especially regarding soy, pasture, palm oil and cocoa
Ability to work with spatial datasets (GIS) for the purposes of assessing land-based emissions, including ecosystem conversion from agriculture
Ability to work with large data sets using one or more coding languages (R, Python)
Prior experience with data tools and services such as Github, AWS and Observable
Prior experience with LCA and LCA software packages (openLCA, SimaPro)
Open to learning new skills
Language skills, including Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesian and French
Experience working in multicultural and multilinugal teams.

Personal skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build good working relationships with colleagues and partners
Highly structured and organized
Accuracy and attention to detail
Able to work in a fast-paced environment
Eager to learn and develop
Timely and efficient, and able to prioritize.

How to apply
We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis, so please submit your application as soon as possible, but no later than 3 December 2021, 23:59 Stockholm local time.

We only accept applications in English that are submitted through our recruitment system.

Please apply online and include:

cover letter highlighting relevant qualifications and experience and why you are motivated by this position
curriculum vitae, including a list of publications.

You do not need to be a Swedish or EU citizen nor have a work/residence permit in order to apply for a job at SEI HQ.

Inquiries concerning the position can be directed to Mairon G. Bastos Lima, Research Lead at Trase ([email protected]), and Toby Gardner, Trase Director ([email protected]). For inquiries concerning the recruitment process, please contact My Persson, Recruitment and Competence Specialist ([email protected]).

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Job posting number:#7088783
Application Deadline:2021-12-3
Employer Location:Stift The Stockholm Environment Institute, SEI
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