Climate and land use modelling expert


  • Full Time

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Company Description

SYSTEMIQ is a different kind of company. Our purpose is to catalyse good disruptions in critical economic systems, with a current focus on land use/forestry, energy, and materials/circular economy. These disruptions are not only vital to the future of humanity and our planet, they also open up immense opportunities for the businesses that drive them. The UN Global Goals and the Paris Agreement have set the targets we must reach to protect the earth and make sure everyone in the growing global population has a chance to prosper. But, so far, most change has been incremental. We need to transform economic systems much faster to hit the targets and stop the degradation of natural resources.

SYSTEMIQ connects the right people, ideas, technologies, and capital to transform economic systems. We do this through four five activities:

1. Convene and support coalitions of leaders to shape policies and business strategies that will rapidly transform economic activity

2. Work with companies that want to be pioneers in and drivers of change towards more sustainable systems

3. Co-create and incubate the market solutions most likely to build regenerative economic systems

4. Invest our own venture capital and expertise in opportunities with the biggest potential to drive rapid system change

5. Direct larger pools of capital into regenerative economic systems, so that these scale and multiply.

In order to deliver in these areas, we recruit and develop distinctive and varied individuals who strive to achieve our mission, challenge the status quo and act as change leaders.


The Food and Land Use Coalition

SYSTEMIQ leads the “knowledge generation” workstream of the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) which is a self-governed Coalition of organizations and individuals working collaboratively to achieve a shared objective: the urgent transformation of food and land use systems to deliver a better future for people, nature and climate. FOLU supports science-based solutions and helps to build a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities to unlock collective, ambitious action.

The Coalition’s collective leadership is provided by a Core Partners Group comprised of: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), EAT, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), SYSTEMIQ, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), World Farmers’ Organization (WFO), and the World Resources Institute (WRI).

Through the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium, FOLU has expert teams and networks in 18 countries, including the European Union. FABLE is a knowledge network that supports countries develop data and modelling infrastructure to promote ambitious, integrated strategies towards sustainable land use and food systems. FOLU country platforms are operating in: China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Sub-Saharan Africa, with partner networks in Australia, the UK and the Nordic region.

FOLU is working closely with the Land Hub of the Science Based Target Network which is part of the Global Commons Alliance. The Science Based Targets Network aims to transform economic systems and protect the global commons – our air, water, land, biodiversity, and oceans. It brings together experts from more than 45 NGOs, business associations and consultancies to collectively define what is necessary to do “enough” to stay within our Earth’s limits while meeting society’s needs. The development of the targets, indicators, and methodologies that companies and cities can use to set science-based targets for nature, including for land, freshwater, oceans, and biodiversity is SBTN’s contribution to the Global Commons Alliance’s long-term vision to empower citizens, cities, companies, and countries to become stewards of the global commons. As one of the four Hubs represented within SBTN, the Land Hub is concerned with terrestrial ecosystems including forests, grasslands, soils, and savannahs along with “working lands” under human use or replacement. The SBTN Land Hub is co-led by WWF and CI, with steering committee positions held by TNC and WRI staff.


We are looking for a climate and land use modelling expert join the SYSTEMIQ team delivering the knowledge generation workstream of the Food and Land Use Coalition.

Working under the supervision of FOLU’s Director of Knowledge Generation, the climate and land use modelling expert’s tasks are likely to include (but not limited to):

  • Support the SBTN Land Hub in technical elements of the SBT land methodology, connecting regional target thresholds with FOLU’s Food Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land and Energy (FABLE) work and other FOLU partners.
  • Facilitate engagement and dissemination of the land methods via WBCSD’s Food and Nature programme, The World Farmers Organization, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and EAT, among others.
  • Work with FOLU’s communications team (housed at WRI) support the launch of SBTN land hub targets through strategic communications and dissemination globally.

Depending on prior experience and personal interest there is scope for tailoring the work program and identifying areas of growth and personal development. In addition, opportunities to work on other key FOLU research initiatives or SYSTEMIQ projects beyond FOLU might also be explored, depending on needs, personal interests and especially the need to reap synergies across our extensive research program.


The successful candidate will have:

  • A modelling-based PhD in a topic related to climate change, land use, or related themes
  • At least 3-5 years of professional expertise
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills
  • Entrepreneurial style with proven ability to work in teams and towards tight deadlines
  • Consulting experience would be an asset, but is not required
  • Passion for SYSTEMIQ’s mission and approach

Other information

Our work and global focus on SYSTEMs change in society is incredibly diverse & so we are very keen to receive applications from all parts of the community.

Please send your application via our website. Any questions on the application process please feel free to email Michael Round at

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