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Research Associate

University of York - Department of Politics

Location: York
Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th October 2021
Closes: 20th October 2021
Job Ref: 9913

The University of York wishes to recruit a full-time, 21-month Research Associate to provide research assistance to Professor Nina Caspersen. We are looking for an outstanding candidate with expertise in one or more of the following research areas: conflict dynamics, conflict resolution, sovereignty. Extensive knowledge of de facto states, Nagorno Karabakh, Abkhazia, Northern Cyprus and/or Republika Srpska will be an advantage. Quantitative skills are a plus, but not essential

You will be assisting Prof Caspersen with her current research projects, including ‘Dynamics of de facto state patron-client relations’ (funded by the Norwegian Research Council) and ‘Federalism in Polarised Times’(funded by the James Madison Trust). You will also be involved in developing new research projects, including on sovereignty and conflict resolution. Fieldwork is not part of this role.

You will join a strong and vibrant postdoctoral community in the Department of Politics

The post is available from 1 December 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter

Role

  • To assist Prof Caspersen by conducting research (theoretical and empirical) for the above-mentioned projects.
  • To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of project proposals
  • To contribute to the writing of (co-authored) conference papers and journal articles
  • To assist with setting up meetings and other smaller administrative tasks
  • To assist with public dissemination of research findings
  • PhD (or near completion) in specialist subject area and relevant expertise
  • Competency to conduct research projects
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Experience of collecting empirical material, especially on topics where reliable information is hard to find. Experience collecting data from online sources is a plus.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using own initiative

 Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • PhD (or near completion) in specialist subject area and relevant expertise
  • Competency to conduct research projects
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Experience of collecting empirical material, especially on topics where reliable information is hard to find. Experience collecting data from online sources is a plus.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using own initiative

Interview date:  to be confirmed

For questions: please contact Professor Nina Caspersen (nina.caspersen@york.ac.uk), Head of Department

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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