Research Associate

University of Cambridge - Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Research Associate x 2

CRASSH is seeking to appoint two postdoctoral Research Associates to join the ERC-funded project, Qualitative and Quantitative Social Science: Unifying the Logic of Causal Inference, led by Dr. Christopher Clarke. This five-year project (2017-2022) examines the epistemological challenges that arise when social scientists investigate the causes and effects of social phenomena.

The project compares and contrasts the role of qualitative evidence (such as comparative case studies in political science or structured interviews in sociology) with the role of quantitative evidence (analysed by statistical techniques developed in political science or econometrics, e.g.). On the one hand, this comparison will proceed in abstract terms and for the general case.  On the other hand, this comparison will proceed by means of concrete case studies.  

One postdoctoral researcher will focus on the principles and methodology that grounds causal reasoning from qualitative data. The second postdoctoral researcher will focus on the principles and methodology that grounds causal reasoning from quantitative data.

Requirements of the Role

The successful applicants will hold a good first degree and a PhD in a relevant field of research, which must have been submitted before taking up the role.

We are looking for highly motivated and independent researchers with expertise in fields such as, but not limited to: General Philosophy of Science; Formal Epistemology; Philosophy of Race and Gender; Philosophy of the Social Sciences; Political Science, Economics and Econometrics,  Sociology (with a methodological orientation).

Applicants should be able to engage with conceptual and epistemological issues in the social sciences in comparatively general or abstract terms. They must also be able to engage in inter-disciplinary work between philosophy and the social sciences (e.g., in examining concrete case studies in the social sciences). The successful applicants are expected to conduct the majority of their research in Cambridge, although funds will be available to make research visits to other institutions.  

The PDRAs will be expected to participate in work-in-progress project meetings and in all project events. They will assist the PI in the organisation of project activities such as conferences, colloquia and hosting visitors. They will be expected to produce a number of articles and to share in the responsibility for editing project outputs and to contribute relevant content to the project's website.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 40 months in the first instance. Successful applicants must be able to start between 1 July 2018 and 30 September 2018.   

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, visit: This will take you to 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.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Successful applicants must be able to commence in this post between 1 July 2018 and 30 September 2018. Interviews are planned for the week of 19 March 2018 (To be confirmed.)

Please quote reference VM14316 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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