UCLA School of Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment invites applications for a fellowship in environmental law and policy, with particular focus on the societal implications, governance, and legal and policy issues posed by climate engineering (geoengineering). These fellowships are full-time, two-year faculty positions beginning in the summer of 2019.
The Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment is dedicated to creating and advancing legal and policy solutions to climate change and other environmental challenges, and to training the next generation of leaders to address these issues. The program fosters informed debate and analysis to educate the public, policymakers, business leaders, and others on critical environmental issues.
The fellow will conduct research, and legal and policy analysis, relevant to the societal challenges posed by climate engineering technologies, including both large-scale atmospheric CO2 removal and interventions in the Earth’s radiation balance. Examples of specific areas of interest include:
The development of practical governance frameworks for proposed climate engineering research;
The assessment and monitoring needs posed by climate engineering interventions, and how these might be integrated into legal and regulatory frameworks;
Potential interactions of climate engineering proposals with existing and developing policy and legal frameworks for climate change, at both the international and national/sub-national level;
Potential interactions of climate engineering with climate-change adaptation, particularly concerning the unique vulnerabilities to climate change of low-income developing countries.
Identification of feasible early initiatives that may help develop longer-term governance capacity likely to be needed to respond to future proposals to conduct climate engineering
Fellows’ duties will consist principally of individual and collaborative research and writing, with some expected contribution to Emmett Institute projects such as conferences, workshops, and publications, and possible opportunities to teach. The specific configuration of responsibilities for the successful candidate will be developed in consultation with Professor Edward Parson.
Candidates should possess a Ph.D., J.D., or other advanced degree relevant to environmental law and policy, earned within the past several years or expected in the spring of 2019; a strong academic record; excellent analytical and writing skills; demonstrated interest and experience relevant to climate engineering; and a willingness and ability to engage new areas of inquiry as needed to succeed in interdisciplinary work. Candidates with scientific, technical, or economic skills related to public policy analysis are especially encouraged to apply. The salary is anticipated to be approximately $70,000 per year plus a competitive benefits package, subject to adjustment for seniority as warranted. UCLA School of Law has a special interest in enriching its intellectual environment through further diversifying the range of perspectives represented within the faculty.
Applicants should apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF04203. To apply, please submit a letter discussing qualifications and interests, a resume, a transcript of studies in graduate school or law school, a writing sample of no more than ten pages, and contact information for three references.
Applications should be received by Monday, January 14, 2019, but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy at: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.
UCLA is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. UCLA offers undergraduate degrees in more than 127 majors and graduate degrees in 198 program areas. UCLA has 11 highly regarded professional schools. Eight are ranked among the nation's top 15 in their field by U.S. News & World Report. UCLA is consistently among the most popular campus in the nation for undergraduate applicants.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.
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