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Future Earth Vacancy: Senior Science Officer (France)

The Paris Hub of the Future Earth Secretariat is seeking a senior Science Officer to lead its Science-based Pathways for Sustainability initiative

1-year contract (renewable subject to satisfactory performance)

Location: Paris (France)

Closing date for applications: Applications will be reviewed as we receive them. The call will be closed as soon as a candidate is successful, and no later than March 17, 2021

Future Earth is an international research program with a mission to accelerate transformations to global sustainability through research and innovation. It builds on the networks and legacies of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP), DIVERSITAS, and the International Human Dimensions Program on Global Environmental Change (IHDP).

Future Earth supports a network that harnesses the experience and reach of thousands of scientists and innovators from around the world to facilitate research, catalyze innovation, and synthesize knowledge. A key part of Future Earth’s work occurs through our network of more than 20 national committees, 19 Global Research Projects that generate research at the forefront of sustainability science, and through eight Knowledge-Action Networks (KANs) that are collaborative frameworks facilitating highly integrative sustainability research on key societal challenges.

The Secretariat for Future Earth encompasses five Global Hubs located in Canada (Montreal), France (Paris), Japan (Tokyo), Sweden (Stockholm) and the US (Colorado). The Future Earth Secretariat provides coordination and enabling services to Future Earth’s community of researchers, decision makers, and stakeholders. The French Hub is administered by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and is hosted by Sorbonne University (Pierre et Marie Curie Campus). It is currently composed of eight staff. As part of its work, the French Global Hub focuses on advancing the Science-Based Pathways for Sustainability initiative and is now seeking a Science Officer to lead activities in this domain.

Task description
The Science Officer will work in a dynamic international setting on a range of issues. The primary responsibilities of the Science Officer will be to lead the Science-based Pathways for Sustainability Initiative:

  1. Develop and coordinate the activities of the initiative including workshops and meetings, liaising with researchers and stakeholders, and communications.
  2. Coordinate the work of the science officers involved in the initiative within the French Hub and other Hubs.
  3. Develop and implement the initiative’s fundraising and communication strategies.
  4. Develop and grow key partnerships around new funding streams and collaborative projects.
  5. Collaborate with colleagues from the French Hub and other Hubs to develop synergies between the initiative and other Future Earth activities, including the science-policy interface and early career capacity building.

The role also includes:

  1. Liaising with selected Future Earth research networks.


Candidate qualification requirements:

  • At least a Master’s level degree in sustainability science disciplines (natural or social sciences).
  • 4-6 years work experience in global change and sustainability issues. Leadership experience in international teams is especially valuable.
  • Demonstrated skills in facilitation and network coordination. Experience with scientific research network coordination is an advantage.
  • Experience in fundraising for international projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent communications and presentation skills. To evaluate writing skills, a test will be conducted during the interview.
  • Full command of written and spoken English; working knowledge of French and/or other languages is considered an advantage.
  • Availability to travel within France and internationally.


  • The position will start as soon as possible.
  • 1-year appointment, with the possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance.
  • Full-time French CDD contract (Contrat à durée déterminée).
  • Maximum annual gross salary is in the order of 35 to 40k € depending on the skills and experience of the successful candidate.
    Note: The successful candidate must imperatively be eligible to work in France (i.e. EU citizen or holder of valid French work permit) for the duration of the contract.

Application procedure

Applicants to this position are requested to submit an English language curriculum vitae and cover letter describing how their skills and experience will help them meet the requirements of the role. Non-EU citizens must provide a copy of their French work permit. Applications, in one combined PDF file, should be sent via email to with ‘Paris senior Science Officer’ in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as we receive them. The call will be closed as soon as a candidate is successful, and no later than March 17, 2021. Interviews will be held in person in Paris, or alternatively online.