The WCRP Academy Lighthouse Activity is the recently formed research training advisory and coordination arm of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP). We are calling for self-nominations for a new co-chair for the activity. This is an exciting and rare opportunity to lead an international project with the aim of ensuring that the current and next generation of climate scientists are prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. The appointed co-chair would be working with WCRP Academy Co-chair, Angela Maharaj (Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC), University of New South Wales, Australia), in this role.

Key attributes

The WCRP Academy co-chair will direct the development of this important new Lighthouse Activity, with the key aim of increasing the breadth and quality of climate research training available. The co-chair should have a clear sense of the need for more climate science training and a keen appreciation of how WCRP can contribute across all activities to meeting this vision. The co-chair should enjoy forging and developing collaborations with partners across WCRP and in multiple countries. They should have experience in managing large international science or education projects successfully.

Joint responsibilities of both co-chairs

The WCRP Academy is led by two co-chairs and a core science team, who oversee the work of the activity and further evolve its science plan. The two co-chairs have the responsibility of:

  • Chairing meetings
  • Coordinating the work of the three Academy working groups
  • Monitoring and development the Academy science plan
  • Liaising with the WCRP Secretariat and Joint Scientific Committee (JSC), as required and working with the leadership of WCRP to implement its Strategic Plan
  • Preparing an annual budget and keeping a record of financial expenditure (with WCRP Secretariat support)
  • Attending WCRP leadership group meetings (4 x per year)
  • Attending WCRP JSC meetings (normally 1 x per year)
  • Other ad-hoc meetings with WCRP activities and new and developing project partners

Time commitment

This position requires approximately 2-3 hours per week on average, but with significant periods in which the time commitment is larger (e.g., during the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) Session and other WCRP meetings) and others when it is smaller. Many meetings will be online, with some out-of-hours working required due to time zone coordination.


This is not a paid role.

How to apply

Applications have now closed. 

Please contact Narelle van der Wel (WCRP Secretariat) should you have any questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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