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We’re Recruiting: 5-month Consultant for CSR’s Work Examining Climate/Ecological Security and Emerging Diseases

The Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) is seeking an independent consultant with a strong background in climate change and ecological issues, and knowledge or eagerness to learn about how these issues are affecting the risk of disease spillover. The consultant will contribute to exciting, multidisciplinary work to shape policies and practices for reducing this risk.

Background and Details for Applicants

CSR is currently conducting a research project that explores the safety and security considerations associated with pandemic prevention research in sites at high risk for zoonotic disease spillover. The team is interested in understanding the role that conservation and ecological interventions can play in quelling/preventing outbreaks at the source, and how these practices can be optimally integrated into pandemic prevention. This project also seeks to enhance the connectivity between the ecological security and biological security fields in order to maximize the utility of pandemic prevention research while minimizing risks.

About the Consultant Position

The person filling this role will:

  • Work closely with the project team, including co-leads Andrea Rezzonico and Dr. Yong-Bee Lim, to better understand and consider a more integrated bio-eco approach in the area of pandemic prevention research in high spillover sites.
  • Conduct independent research, with guidance from the co-leads, to identify any gaps or emerging opportunities concerning climate change and ecological security considerations in pandemic prevention approaches.
  • Assist in the writing of the final report for this project, particularly in areas that deal with climate change and ecological security considerations.

Further details:

  • This is a remote position for which we expect hours will range from 20 – 25 hours per week with a possibility for expansion.
  • Timing will be flexible, but consultants will need to be available during specific times to join the CSR team for calls and activities related to the project.
  • Compensation will be in the $50 – $100 per hour range, based on background and experience.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

  • A relevant graduate degree (completed or in progress)
  • Familiarity with security issues and trends, and/or pandemic prevention research and strategies is desirable
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to interact with collaborators across a multidisciplinary and dynamic team to develop and maintain good working relationships
  • Strong research skills and the ability to work independently
  • Near-term availability to begin consulting work

Applying for the Position

To apply to this position, please use this link.

CSR will evaluate applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

About CSR

CSR is a nonprofit, non-partisan security policy institute dedicated to anticipating, analyzing, and addressing core systemic risks to security in the 21st century, with special examination of the ways in which these risks intersect and exacerbate one another. To further this goal, CSR hosts institutes on climate and security (The Center for Climate and Security), strategic weapons risks (The Janne E. Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons), and converging, cross-sectoral risks (The Converging Risks Lab).

CSR is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee, job applicant, subcontractor, prospective subcontractor, volunteer or prospective volunteer

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