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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £28,695-£37,394.

ESRC Project: Structural transformation, adaptability and city economic evolutions

Applications are invited for a two year full-time Research Associate position on the above research project, which is part of the ESRC's Urban Transformations Programme, and is being led by Prof Ron Martin in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (see The project is concerned with understanding the role of structural change and adaptation in influencing the economic growth paths and evolutions of cities, as well as the role that local governance arrangements and policy interventions play in shaping such processes. Much of the analysis will be concerned with a set of 70 cities, but 10 case-study cities will also be studied in greater depth.

The successful candidate will be expected to hold PhD or equivalent in economic geography, economics, business studies or a related field, and be available for appointment on 1 January 2016 at the latest. The post will be based in Cambridge, and the Associate will work directly with Prof Ron Martin, and Co-investigators Prof Peter Tyler (Cambridge), Prof Andy Pike (Newcastle), Prof David Bailey (Aston) and Prof Peter Sunley (Southampton). The duties will include: constructing historical economic data series for British cities (over the period 1841 to 1971, and in some cases updated to the present), assisting in the analysis of those data, undertaking surveys and interviews in the selected case-study cities, and assisting in the preparation of academic outputs, policy briefs, webpages and social media updates. The post-holder should have experience in handling large data sets and be familiar with statistical software packages (e.g. Stata), as well as advanced Excel spreadsheet techniques. Experience in conducting firm surveys and interviewing key actors (e.g. policy-makers) will also be valuable. The post represents an excellent opportunity to contribute to an exciting, academically-challenging and highly policy-relevant project.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 9 November 2015.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button on the University's jobs site page. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference LC07078 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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