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Research Associate Bennett Institute (Fixed-term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Politics and International Studies

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £36,024 to £44,263 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st December 2023
Closes: 4th January 2024
Job Ref: UE39627

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a 12-month Research Associate position on a project focusing on the measurement of social and cultural infrastructure. This project, funded by the British Academy, sits across a number of the Bennett Institute's main research themes. It will contribute towards a major element of the British Academy's Valuing People, Places and Spaces programme, which forms part of the Academy's public policy work on social and cultural infrastructure. The project scope is set out in the British Academy's original Invitation to Tender.

Applications from candidates interested in working on this topic, and with backgrounds in relevant social scientific disciplines and familiarity with quantitative or qualitative research methods (or both), are welcome.

This post will be located in the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, a major, University-wide initiative housed in the Department of Politics and International Studies and supported by the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences. It is led by its inaugural Director Professor Michael Kenny and Professor Dame Diane Coyle, the Bennett Professor of Public Policy.

The Research Associate will lead the work of the project team, examining the concepts of social and cultural infrastructure, exploring various issues relating to the measurement and definition of social and cultural infrastructure, considering what these ideas mean for public policy, and how policymakers and others could use and operationalise the measurement of social and cultural infrastructure. They will deliver both academic outputs and policy-relevant outputs and engagement, working closely with the project team, and alongside other Bennett Institute staff and researchers, as well as colleagues from the British Academy.

Candidates for the post of Research Associate should normally have a PhD (submitted or nearly submitted at the time of application) in a relevant field, but applicants without a doctorate, who have other relevant academic or policy research experience, may also be considered. They should provide evidence of potential for research and publication at the highest level, communication skills, and a good understanding of and interest in the policy process.

Further information about the Institute, Department and Faculty can be found at https://www.bennettinstitute.cam.ac.uk/, www.polis.cam.ac.uk and www.hsps.cam.ac.uk

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application, and a recent writing sample (maximum 10,000 words). 

The closing date for this post is 4 January 2024. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be scheduled shortly after the application close date. 

We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BAME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please click on the apply button above.

Informal enquiries about the role may be directed to Sarah Rosella or Jane Renouf recruitment@bennettinstitute.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference UE39627 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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