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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - The College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Location: Cornwall
Salary: The starting salary will be from £36,382 up to £38,587 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 31st October 2021
Job Ref: P78732

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences

This full-time post is available immediately on a fixed term basis until 14 May 2024 in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

The post

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in The Sustainable Development and Resilience of Coastal Communities in the UK project. This UKRI Strategic Priority Fund on Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources funded post is available immediately on a fixed term basis until 14 May 2024. The successful applicant will lead the research undertaken under work package one which examines contemporary responses to environmental, regulatory and socio-cultural change by resource users across marine sectors in the Southwest UK, and investigates how to improve resilience, wellbeing and environmental sustainability within our current context. This post will include a focus on inventorying and analysing existing on-the-ground interventions, which aim to improve one or more of these three objectives: resilience, wellbeing and/or environmental sustainability. The successful applicant will also input into work package two (past responses) and three (future responses).

The post will include:

  • Planning and facilitating workshops with diverse marine stakeholders, including resource-users, industry, third sector, and government stakeholders.
  • Collecting and analysing quantitative and qualitative primary data through workshops, interviews and surveys.
  • Supporting an evidence synthesis through desk-top review, coding and mapping of existing research.
  • Leading scientific publications and conference presentations.
  • Leading and contributing to development of other project outputs including policy briefs, web content, presentations and project reports.
  • Initiating stakeholder and public engagement activities to promote sharing and uptake of project outputs and enhancing research impact.
  • Pro-actively engaging with the SMMR-Net and wider programme.

About you

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in marine or environmental social science and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.

Specifically, applicants will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders from fishers to national policy-makers.
  • Provide theoretical and conceptual input into research on the relationships among social-ecological resilience, human well-being and environmental sustainability.
  • Confidently collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification available on our website for full details of this role.

Further information

For further information please contact Dr Rachel Turner, e-mail

The closing date for completed applications is 31 October 2021. Interviews are expected to take place on 9 November 2021.

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