NERC/Defra Policy placement secondment opportunity

Applications are invited for a new, six month, policy placement secondment opportunity to work within the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Environment and Rural Group, based in London.

This secondment is offered as part of NERC’s policy placement fellowship scheme which allows researchers and other staff involved in environmental science research to work closely with policy-makers within government and other public and third sector organisations in the UK. Such placements have proved valuable in significantly enhancing links between NERC science and science evidence and policy teams in government and regulatory bodies, enabling improved science evidence for UK policy.

The policy placement will involve working alongside an economist and policy officials as part of a small team that will lead the gathering and analysis of evidence to determine how bio-energy can contribute sustainably to the government’s renewable energy and climate change goals for 2020 and 2050. This is part of a wider portfolio of work being undertaken in conjunction with other government departments, to help determine the role bio-energy can play in the UK’s future low carbon energy mix.

Further details are available from the NERC website.
Please see “fellowship placement current opportunities” PDF.

The closing date for applications is Monday 22 November 2010.