Social Scientist in Governance and Institutional Analysis

The James Hutton Institute - Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences

We are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to join the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group (SEGS) at the James Hutton Institute. This opportunity is available at the Hutton 6 band but may be offered at a Hutton 7 (salary c.£37,500) to a candidate who can demonstrate their ability to bring exceptional skills and deliver outstanding results.

At the Hutton 6 level the successful candidate will be part of a cluster of researchers undertaking research on governance and institutional development, particularly as it relates to food security, natural resource management and farm business diversification. The focus of the post is to design and undertake primary data collection and analysis within three new projects: H2020 SALSA (Small farms, small food businesses and sustainable food security), H2020 MAGIC (Moving Towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security) and Scottish Government-funded research addressing resilience and adaptation of Scotland’s farms and related industries.

The candidate must have a PhD in a related field (e.g. human geography, rural sociology, land economy), with a strong theoretical background in the areas of multi-level environmental governance, innovation, natural resource management, food security, farm diversification, and/or climate change. The successful candidate will be responsible for collaborating within interdisciplinary teams to assist in the design and implementation of multiple research projects. The candidate’s main strengths should be in qualitative or mixed methods research, particularly in relation to content or policy discourse analysis. Familiarity with agricultural policy analysis in the EU, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches, quantitative story-telling, gender research and/or farm diversification are desirable.

Candidates who can demonstrate that they exceed the above requirement and specifically can demonstrate their ability to lead on the delivery of work package outputs and the design of data collection procedures and assessment as detailed below as well as having the skills to guide junior post-docs and research assistants may be appointed at a Hutton band 7 grade and salary band. In order to successfully deliver at this higher grade you will have several years of relevant post-doctoral research experience including leadership of multiple research projects and will have taken a leading role in external income generation and an established publication history.

This post is located at our Aberdeen site; please note there may be a requirement for occasional travel to our Dundee site and elsewhere in Scotland and Europe. 

All individuals wishing to work within the UK must be entitled to do so before they can be employed.

Further information is available from Careers - James Hutton Group

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