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Principal/Senior Research Fellow – Climate and Sustainability job with ODI 2024

Principal/Senior Research Fellow – Climate and Sustainability job with ODI


About us

ODI is an independent, global think tank working for a sustainable and peaceful world in which every person thrives. We harness the power of evidence and ideas through research and partnership to confront challenges, develop solutions and create change.

We offer competitive salaries, a generous company pension scheme, hybrid working and a range of flexible, family-friendly and inclusive employment policies to support well-being and a healthy work/life balance.

About the role

We are now recruiting for two new positions at the Principal Research Fellow and/or Senior Research Fellow level within ODI’s internationally recognised Climate and Sustainability Programme. The roles will specialise in just energy transitions and/or sustainable finance to help lead and coordinate our broad portfolio of work in this space.

ODI’s Principal and Senior Research Fellows are widely recognised as world-class experts or authorities in their own field. They lead substantial bodies of work on one or more specific topics, typically combining research, advisory work and public affairs.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

    • Designing, fundraising for, conducting and managing high-quality, innovative projects, drawing on expertise across the institute;


    • Providing technical assistance and policy advice to senior decision-makers;


    • Participating in public affairs and representing the institute on major research and policy agendas in line with the institute’s overall strategy (which includes a dedicated pillar on tackling the climate, environment and biodiversity crisis).


A Principal Research Fellow at ODI will be internationally recognised as a leading authority in their particular research or policy field. They will have made a significant and distinctive contribution to sustainable development, manifest through high-quality publications and/or policy influence. Principal Research Fellows will also have a strong track record of team building and business development.

A Senior Research Fellow at ODI will be widely recognised as an established authority in their particular research or policy field. They will have a substantial and distinctive body of research, advisory work and/or public affairs to their name, plus several years of experience in leadership positions.

For further information and to apply, please visit our website via the Apply button. If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 7922 0300 or email

Closing date: 28th March 2024.

Interview date: Interviews will be undertaken on a rolling basis, so candidates are encouraged to submit their applications early.

ODI is committed to developing and supporting diverse and inclusive teams of people who share our passion, where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We welcome applicants from a range of diverse backgrounds, including those who experience intersectional marginalisation on the basis of their class, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious identity or belief, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. We also welcome applications from those living with disabilities.

ODI is an equal opportunities employer. Charity Reg. No. 228248.

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