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Deputy Head of Research (Finance)

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Blockchain & Climate Institute
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London, England, United Kingdom

Blockchain & Climate Institute


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Published 4 months ago

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A few hours per week

The Blockchain & Climate Institute (BCI) is an international volunteers-led think tank supporting and advocating the application of blockchain technology in the global fight against climate change. 

BCI is currently looking for outstanding volunteers to become Deputy Head of the Finance Research Division. The credentials of candidates should cover two independent but complementary areas of knowledge:

 Green/Environmental/Climate/Sustainable Finance:

This specifically includes:

o  Deep understanding of major guidelines for financial institutions to assess climate risks and opportunities such as the TCFD Recommendations (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures).

o  Working knowledge of different aspects of finance, including important asset classes (e.g. Fixed Income, Equities, Commodities, etc … including Derivatives), types of stakeholders (e.g. Institutional Investors, Exchanges, Asset Managers, Regulators), Risks Assessment, New Regulations (e.g. Basel III/IV), among others. 

o  Knowledge of important Sustainable Finance standards. This includes financial products such as Fixed Income (e.g. ICMA Green Bonds Principles, ISO 14030, etc), Equities (e.g. SASB, GRI), EU Taxonomy, among others.

Transformational Data Technologies:

This specifically involves:

o  Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies. This should include well-known open-source projects like Hyperledger or Ethereum as well as domain specific ones like Corda R3. 

o  Artificial Intelligence. The increasing amount of data from ESG investment requires the use of new technologies like Machine Learning (ML). Candidates should demonstrate experience with supervised and unsupervised ML. Experience of well-known libraries like Numpy/Pandas, Scikit-Learn, TensorFlow/Keras, PyTorch, among many others is expected.

o  Internet of Things. Candidates should have working knowledge about data from real economy projects in sectors such as Energy, Transport, Materials & Buildings, Agriculture, among others, could be collected in order to demonstrate environmental impact of sustainable investments.

o  Other aspects of Data and Distributed Computing. In order to handle the growing amount of data across the ESG investment spectrum, candidates should have a working knowledge of Cloud Infrastructure, DevOps, Software Development, Data Engineering, Databases (SQL and NoSQL), etc.

 Interaction between the above

o  The successful candidate(s) for Deputy Head(s) of Research (Finance) is expected to combine the above and other related fields in order to generate insightful and impactful research outputs.   

The main responsibilities of the Deputy Head will include:

●       To provide research support and project management support for the Head of Research (Finance) in Research Division I;

●       To provide research inputs for Councils to be established under the BCI Fellowship Scheme;

●       To carry out primary and secondary research activities (including both quantitative and qualitative), analytical examination and to publish high-quality research papers in the growing field of sustainable finance;

●       To generate opportunities for strategic partnerships for BCI; and

●       To attend conferences and events to promote the BCI, communicate research findings and engage with key stakeholders.

General & Specialist Knowledge

●       Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office; and

●       Strong depth of knowledge on topics central to the BCI such as climate change, climate finance, blockchain technology and artificial intelligence preferred.

Education & Training

●       A relevant degree or training in relevant discipline, at PhD level preferred; and

●       Experience in producing research outputs and structured reports for different audiences.

Relevant Experience

● Proven ability in organisation/business development (e.g. experience of working in a target-driven role);

● Experience in building constructive relationships with stakeholders; 

● Experience of working independently and with teams to drive forward projects using own initiative; and

● Experience in designing, planning and facilitating independent research and the ability to meet tight deadlines.

Time Commitment

  • All Volunteers are expected to commit at least one day per week on average.


The Blockchain & Climate Institute (BCI) is an international volunteers-led think tank supporting and advocating the application of blockchain technology in the global fight against climate change. 

BCI is currently looking for…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Training Provided
  • International Volunteers Welcome
  • Virtual Opportunity

Location

London, England, GB

How to Apply

Candidates must submit their CV, cover letter with some English research writing samples to recruitment@blockchainclimate.org.

Candidates must submit their CV, cover letter with some English research writing samples to recruitment@blockchainclimate.org.

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