CLIVAR Seeks Executive Director for International Project Office

The First Institute of Oceanography (FIO) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) invite applications for the post of Executive Director of the International CLIVAR(Climate and Ocean - Variability, Predictability, and Change) Project Office, based in Qingdao, China.

The goal of CLIVAR is to improve understanding and prediction of ocean-atmosphere interactions and their influence on climate variability and change, to the benefit of society and the environment. CLIVAR is a core project of WCRP.

The scope of work will include contributions to the fulfillment of CLIVAR scientific priorities as part of WCRP’s objectives and goals. Further, the Executive Director will be responsible for a range of activities including managing the ICPO, participating in relevant meetings and workshops, promoting CLIVAR objectives, and seeking sources of additional funding.

Candidates should hold at least an MSc in oceanography, climate or closely relate field. Required skills include a broad knowledge of oceanography and climate science, ability to communicate to a range of stakeholders, and demonstrated team leadership. Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English are essential.

The work place is the First Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanographic Administration of China, located in Qingdao, China. The position is open from 1 October 2016 and will be available until at least June 2019, renewed on an annual basis.

For additional information see Further Details. Inquiries about the position may be directed to WCRP Senior Scientific Officer Michael Sparrow, e-mail:, or Head of the International Cooperation Center of FIO, Yafeng Yang, The application deadline is 30 May 2016. The application must include a covering letter summarizing details of your relevant qualifications and experience, a CV and the names and contact information of three references and should be sent to Ms. Lina Kang: