Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) is seeking to appoint an academic project manager, who will play a central role in developing CSER's research projects and activities. We seek an ambitious candidate with initiative and a broad intellectual range for a postdoctoral role combining academic and administrative responsibilities. The Academic Project Manager will work with CSER's Executive Director and research team to co-ordinate and develop CSER's projects and overall profile, and to build and maintain collaborations with academic centres, industry leaders and policy makers in the UK and worldwide. This is a unique opportunity to play a formative research development role in the early stages of a world-class centre.

Candidates will have a PhD in a relevant subject, or have equivalent experience in a relevant setting (e.g. policy, industry, think tank, NGO). The post-holder will join a team of researchers developing a general methodology for the management of extreme technological risk. They will report to the Centre's Executive Director, Dr Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh.

Post-holders will be expected to:

- Coordinate and develop the activities of CSER's research programmes.

- Organize and participate in meetings, workshops and conferences; leverage Cambridge's convening power to assemble world-leading expert meetings on topics relevant to extreme technological risk.

- Act as an ambassador for the Centre's research, both within Cambridge and externally, engaging with academics, the media, policymakers, or other external audiences.

- Conduct independent and collaborative research within CSER's broad focus areas, to be published as papers in leading academic journals.

- Actively seek additional funding for the activities of the Centre; work with CSER's research team to develop research proposals.

The post-holder will be encouraged to set their own priorities within the role and work with a high degree of independence, as well as to bring their own ideas to the challenges of achieving the Centre's research and development objectives.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

* References: Please provide the names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with your work. The selection panel will be taking references into account in deciding whether the shortlist. It is essential, therefore,  that you select the box 'At any point in this process' on the online system in response to the question when references can be requested. The deadline for receipt of references will be 16 November 2016.

Appointment is to commence as soon as possible; the length of the appointment will be two years from the start date.

The closing date for applications is Friday 11 November 2016 Interviews are planned for Friday 2 December 2016.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact

Please quote reference VM10323 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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