BEIS – Secondment Opportunity 

Want to apply your scientific background to inform policymakers and build your network?  

Interested in supporting the UK government to reach net zero? 

BEIS Climate Science Team are looking for a knowledgeable and motivated scientist to provide analysis and advice on greenhouse gas removals (GGRs). Funded by BEIS, this secondment will support both UK efforts to reach net zero, and broader global climate action.  

The successful candidate will provide advice to Government on a wide range of greenhouse gas removal technologies – both engineered and nature-based. This will include their risks and co-benefits, and their realistic sustainable potential contribution to net zero targets. You will work closely with policy colleagues in BEIS and other government departments, and also with the academic community.  

The secondment is funded by BEIS and can be full-time or part-time, for up to 12 months, starting in March/April 2023. It can be based at BEIS’ London, Birmingham, Salford, Darlington, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, or Cardiff offices. BEIS has moved to hybrid working so there will be plenty of opportunity to work remotely.  

Salary upon request. 


BEIS would love to hear from you if you are currently working in a related field in a UK university, Public Sector Research Establishment or UKRI-funded Catapult. No prior knowledge of GGRs is needed but background in environmental sciences, and/or industrial engineering, would be strongly advantageous. 

You will have a physical science degree and a relevant post-graduate degree or equivalent work experience (minimum two to three years). You will have an understanding of climate science and climate change mitigation options. You need to be able to critically appraise the claims of both academics and entrepreneurs and have demonstrated experience of presenting technical information to non-specialists in both oral and written form. You will organise your time efficiently and will be able to work flexibly and independently on various pieces of work.  


Applications should consist of a CV and 1 page covering letter addressing the skills required in the attached specification. Although it is strongly encouraged to contact BEIS to discuss in more depth. To do so, please contact Skills Research Officer at IDRIC to be connected. Deadline: Wednesday 4th January. 

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