Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Kent - School of Anthropology and Conservation

An imaginative and high-calibre interdisciplinary social scientist is required to undertake world-leading research as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator project entitled ‘Environmental Spaces and the Feel-Good Factor: Relating Subjective Wellbeing to Biodiversity (RELATE)’. The post holder will be based at University of Kent, working with Prof. Zoe Davies and Dr. Robert Fish, but will also collaborate closely with project co-investigators Dr. Martin Dallimer at University of Leeds and Dr. Katherine Irvine at the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen.

As Postdoctoral Research Associate you will:

  • explore human-biodiversity relationships, attitudes and values through a series of deliberative participatory workshops across the seasons
  • contribute to a configurative systematic review, which will underpin the development of a conceptual framework for considering human-biodiversity relationships
  • write high impact peer-reviewed papers and give presentations at academic conferences
  • exchange knowledge and collaborate with project partners from both within and external to academia (e.g. government agencies and non-governmental organisations)

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD in a relevant thematic area of social science (e.g. environmental psychology, human geography, human ecology, ecological economics, environmental sociology, social-ecological systems)
  • a track record of writing and contributing to publications for high-impact peer-reviewed journals (commensurate with experience)
  • ability to handle, synthesise and analyse large, complex qualitative datasets
  • experience of collaborating effectively with academic partners
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills, including an ability to interact with non-specialised research participants

School of Anthropology and Conservation

The School of Anthropology and Conservation at Kent was founded in 1997. It is unique in recognizing the importance of the fundamental link between human society, human evolution, and conservation of the natural environment. The School’s mission is ‘Understanding a Changing World’. This mission has a biological, environmental and social relevance that permeates both the natural and social sciences and resonates meaningfully with all four of the School’s academic research themes; Conservation Biology; Human Ecology; Social Anthropology; Biological Anthropology. Our interpretation of ‘Understanding a Changing World’ incorporates within it the study of humans and wildlife, their presence in the world and how they interact with a changing social and ecological environment now and during the course of our evolutionary past. 

Start date for applications: 05 Dec 2017

Closing date for applications: 21 Jan 2018

Interviews are to be held: 16 Feb 2018

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on jobs@kent.ac.uk quoting ref number: SS1318

Please note - applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly and explicitly address the requirements of the Person specification and you should provide clear evidence and examples in your application which back-up any assertions you make in relation to each criterion. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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