Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Exeter - College of Life and Environmental Sciences - Geography

This ESRC-DIFD funded post is available from 1st November 2017 on a fixed term basis to 31st October 2018 and based at University of Exeter, Streatham Campus.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support the work of Prof Neil Adger on the project Safe and Sustainable Cities: Human Security, Migration, and Well-being. The successful applicant will conduct research on security, environment, migration and development in growing cities, using qualitative and visual methods, focussed on city environments in Bangladesh.

The post will include development and implementation of data collection in Bangladesh in association with project partners; and analyses of diverse data. The successful applicant will be able to support and facilitate interaction with urban planners and development agencies, present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and write research outputs for peer-review publication.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge on theoretical perspectives in Social Sciences such as Human Geography, Anthropology or Social Psychology and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants are expected to have strong background in mixed methods research, specifically in qualitative approaches for social science, including visual methods; familiarity with computer-assisted qualitative data analyses software; and experience in cross-cultural research settings, including supporting and facilitating stakeholder engagement.

The University offers some fantastic benefits including 41 days leave per year, options for flexible working, numerous discounts at leading retailers, an onsite gym, free yoga and pilates, a cycle to work scheme and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter. If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our website ( for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in.

Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to Please quote reference number P58570 in any correspondence.

For further information please contact Prof Neil Adger, e-mail N. or telephone (01392 722649).

Interviews are expected to take place on 20th September 2017.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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