Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

University of Cambridge - Department of Politics and International Studies

The Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) invites applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate with either a computational social science background or a background in public health and quantitative methodologies, or a social scientist expert in mixed and digital methodologies.

The role involves working on themes related to global health and development, new data sources, and sub-Saharan Africa. The post-holder will join a team working on our ongoing project Epidemics, Digital Media and Health Communications in Africa, funded by The Wellcome Trust and DFID. The appointment will be for either 6 or 8 months based on seniority and available budget.

This project is being delivered in conjunction with Africa's Voices, a non-profit NGO that emerged from the University of Cambridge and UNICEF-Somalia. The post-holder will focus on developing innovative digital methodological solutions to health communications in the context of drought and cholera in Somalia. 

This (Senior) Research Associate post is within the Centre of Governance and Human Rights' theme, 'Politics, digital media and technology'. Working alongside the centre's director, Dr Sharath Srinivasan and two other CGHR Research Associates, the Research Associate will take a central role in the computational and/or mixed-methods side of our ongoing research on the use of digital data gathered through interactive radio in public health epidemics and crises. 

Candidates should have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant field, such as computational social science, sociology of medicine/health, development studies or social psychology.  The ideal candidate will have background/experience in public health, mixed (quant/qual) and/or digital methods, and be keen to test new methodological innovations in their field. They should provide evidence of potential for research and publication at the highest level, as well as a strong interest in engagement in empirically-grounded and multi-disciplinary research. The candidate should have experience working on an interdisciplinary team, and the ideal candidate would have experience working with global health actors. Candidates should demonstrate research expertise and interest in the role of digital media in everyday politics of health and voice.

Though not essential, candidates should be able to demonstrate experience with and ability for conducting research in Africa. 50% of the candidate's time will be based at the Africa's Voices Research Office in Nairobi (where Dr Srinivasan is currently based), with the remaining time based in Cambridge.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for either 6 or 8 months in the first instance.

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.

The application deadline for this post is Sunday 5 November 2017. We anticipate that interviews will be held in mid-November 2017.

Please quote reference UE13574 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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