Research Associate in Urban Mobility

University of Oxford - School of Geography and the Environment

We are seeking a Research Associate to join an international cohort of postdoctoral scholars within the PEAK Urban project, which is a 4-year, international, multidisciplinary Global Challenge Research Fund programme. You will work on a project about informal everyday mobilities in cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, and possibly in India and/or Colombia. The project will consider how and to what extent informal transport systems – (mini)bus, taxi, motorcycle/moped, and tri/bicycle – enable upward social mobility and wellbeing for both end users and those, like drivers and operators, who provide such systems.

The main duties are to develop and conduct theoretically informed, empirical grounded research on informal everyday mobilities in cities and carry out and develop collaborative research with colleagues in PEAK Urban partner institutions and research groups.

The successful candidate must have a PhD or a Master’s degree and PhD submitted (at time of job interview) in transport studies, geography, urban studies or related fields. You will have in-depth understanding of different theoretical approaches that can be used to understand the provision, use and experience of informal transport services in Africa, South Asia and Latin America. You must have excellent skills in both qualitative and quantitative methods, in particular in-depth interviewing, ethnography and document analysis, as well as expertise related to urban transport/mobility in Global South contexts. A good research and publication record, judged by the candidate's career stage is essential.

This position is available from 1 April 2018 (there may be some flexibility in the start date but the post must be taken up no later than 1 June 2018). The post is fixed-term for 36 months though continuation will be subject to a whole programme performance review by the funders at 1 year.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 3 January 2018, and interviews will be held on Friday 12 January 2018.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here: www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/preemploymentscreening.

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