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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £32,816-£40,322.

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral research associates to work with Dr Amy Donovan on the ERC project IMAGINE: Geographical imaginations and the (geo)politics of volcanic risk: cultures, knowledges, actions, in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.

IMAGINE is a five-year project funded by the European Research Council, working with scientists, officials and communities in Latin America and East Africa. It takes an innovative approach to understand the relationships between communities and the precarious environments that they inhabit, particularly in the context of rapid global change. The project focuses on case study locations in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Kenya and Tanzania, all of which are subject to volcanic risk accompanied by risk from flooding and debris flows (as a result of a changing climate). The case study locations are also all in close proximity to international borders. The project is highly interdisciplinary and will involve working closely with scientists in-country as well as with the PI and a PhD student in the UK.

PDRA1: Participatory research in social volcanology and dynamic risk

PDRA1 will be an interdisciplinary social scientist, with an interest in disaster studies and participatory methods. They will:

a) Work in communities initially in Latin American sites to understand cultural, political and economic issues around volcano communities;

b) Aid the PI/PDRA2 in the development of the project methodology in Latin America;

c) Interview stakeholders (scientists, officials) in Chile, Argentina and Peru concerning risk management and mitigation;

d) Conduct focus groups and participatory exercises designed by the project team in case study locations;

e) Deploy the methodologies in East Africa in the second phase of the project;

f) Produce high-quality publications;

g) Help the PI/PDRA2 in the production of an edited collection;

h) Communicate effectively with partners and stakeholders in case study locations.

They may also undertake a small amount of teaching. You will be based in Cambridge, but carry out fieldwork in case study locations, and attend project meetings. Proficiency in Spanish would be a significant advantage.

Eligible candidates must have a PhD in Geography, Anthropology, Political Science or Science Studies, or other relevant discipline.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated with excellent time management, communication and inter-personal skills. They will have experience in conducting independent fieldwork overseas, and in qualitative social scientific methods. Quantitative methods experience would also be useful. They will be able to demonstrate the translation of this data into high-quality publications and be able to speak Spanish. Experience of working with communities in the Global South would be a significant advantage. Working in a team or as part of an interdisciplinary project would also be useful.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 42 months in the first instance with an expected start date of January 2020 ONO.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

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Please quote reference LC20957 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.

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £32,816-£40,322.

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral research associates to work with Dr Amy Donovan on the ERC project IMAGINE: Geographical imaginations and the (geo)politics of volcanic risk: cultures, knowledges, actions, in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.

IMAGINE is a five-year project funded by the European Research Council, working with scientists, officials and communities in Latin America and East Africa. It takes an innovative approach to understand the relationships between communities and the precarious environments that they inhabit, particularly in the context of rapid global change. The project focuses on case study locations in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Kenya and Tanzania, all of which are subject to volcanic risk accompanied by risk from flooding and debris flows (as a result of a changing climate). The case study locations are also all in close proximity to international borders. The project is highly interdisciplinary and will involve working closely with scientists in-country as well as with the PI and a PhD student in the UK.

PDRA2: Histories, hazards and volcanic risks in cultural context

PDRA2 will be an interdisciplinary geoscientist, with an interest in risk assessment and working with communities. They will:

a) Work closely with collaborators in case study regions to develop multihazard scenarios, based on (i) maps and models, (ii) historical documents and oral accounts and (iii) workshop and interview information from PDRA1's work.

b) Be highly numerate and have experience using hazard models for volcanic hazards and/or related hazards;

c) Be able to use GIS software in the production and enhancement of maps;

d) Be willing to spend time working through historical sources to understand past histories of volcanism and community response to it;

e) Be willing to learn some social scientific methodologies to contribute to scenario construction and use in the later phases of the project;

f) Work in all case study locations.

They may also undertake a small amount of teaching. You will be based in Cambridge, but expected to carry out fieldwork in case study locations, and to attend project meetings. Proficiency in Spanish would be a significant advantage.

Eligible candidates must have a PhD in Geography, Earth Sciences, Geology, Environmental Sciences or a related discipline.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated with excellent time management, communication and inter-personal skills. They will have experience in conducting independent fieldwork, hazard mapping and/or modelling, and/or historical scenario research for risk assessment. They will be highly numerate, able to demonstrate that they can produce high-quality publications. Spanish language proficiency would be a significant advantage. Working in a team or as part of an interdisciplinary project would also be useful.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 42 months in the first instance and the anticipated start date is January 2020 ONO.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

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Please quote reference LC20961 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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