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Senior Research Associate - Community Wellbeing

University of Cambridge - University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £40,792 to £51,630
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd August 2019
Closes: 30th September 2019
Job Ref: EN19993

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is seeking to appoint a Fellow in community wellbeing under The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme. Funding for the Fellowship has been secured through a philanthropic donation from Asda Stores Limited, but stewardship of the Programme lies with CISL. 

The successful candidate will be part of our exciting new Fellowship Programme, unlocking the potential of the University to partner with business, government and finance institutions on real-world challenges and opportunities that must be addressed in order to build a sustainable economy. The ambition is to foster new cross-disciplinary thinking on sustainability leading to practical insights, tools and recommendations for organisations to utilise. 

Large retail stores have prominent local presences, which can be magnified by their community engagement and philanthropic activities, potentially causing them to become 'anchoring institutions' within communities. The Fellow will be appointed for a period of three years to conduct high-impact research into the effectiveness of community relationships/interventions by retail organisations in the UK. The findings will inform strategic recommendations for enhancing the contribution of the retail sector to community wellbeing in the UK. Applications are welcome from highly regarded researchers from any relevant discipline with a strong academic record and interest in conducting research in business, policy or civil-society contexts. 

This post is full-time or part-time (minimum 80% FTE), and CISL is open to secondments or similar arrangements which accommodate existing commitments. 

Please provide a full CV, cover letter, and research proposal containing a 1¿2,000-word description with a 100-word summary intended for a general audience. If you wish to be considered for this opportunity on the basis of a secondment, please provide evidence of home institutional support. 

Applicants must be committed to the values that underpin CISL's work and will be expected to have the following attributes: 

  • PhD or equivalent in a relevant area.
  • Sufficient specialist knowledge to design and execute research of a high standard.
  • Capability to work independently and manage own workload with limited oversight, while also seeking fruitful collaborations.
  • Sufficient project management skills to oversee a substantial research project (financial management, establishing relationships with key stakeholders, reporting and overseeing more junior staff).
  • Significant experience, results, and recognition in cutting-edge research.
  • Creativity and initiative to develop a new project and the intellectual energy and independent thinking necessary to deliver the research.
  • Strong publication record in major international journals, including first-author publication in a relevant area.
  • Confidence to discuss and present research findings orally and in writing to a wide range of audiences.
  • Experience of primary data collection, data management and of designing and running quantitative and qualitative analyses. 

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact CISL's Research Team,, or visit the FAQ section on our website. 

Please quote reference EN19993 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. 

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. 

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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