Research Assistant in Global Catastrophic Risk and Communication
University of Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
United Kingdom

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) invites applications for a part-time (0.6FTE) Research Assistant to support an emerging programme of risk communication research and practice at CSER.

CSER produces world-leading research on global catastrophic risk topics ranging from pandemics to the impacts of emerging technologies, engaging with policymakers at the national and international level, and launching major research initiatives in Cambridge.

Effective communication of risk is essential to ensure appropriate actions towards their mitigation and prevention, and to increase our resilience to high-impact low-probability risks. Global catastrophic and existential risks, such as those studied as CSER, present a unique challenge for risk communication. How can we ensure these threats are prioritised by those in decision-making positions, when some seem so uncertain or distant on the horizon? How can we communicate these risks and concepts to inspire action, without invoking fear or dread?

We are looking for a Research Assistant to help commence this work by undertaking a systematic review of 'what works' for communications for existential and global catastrophic risks.

Key activities associated with the role include:

  • Research assistance: review and distil relevant literature from a range of sources as part of a systematic review and develop knowledge sharing for this analysis.
  • Project coordination: work with team to monitor milestones and opportunities for follow-on work.
  • Outreach support: help communicate with potential collaborators and funders to ensure project results are shared in an impactful manner that generates further opportunities and resources for the project.

Applicants must have:

  • An undergraduate or Master's degree, or equivalent experience, in a field relevant to the project, such as risk communication, disaster risk, public health, STS or international relations.
  • The ability to compare and critique academic literature, policy documents and reports.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, for both academic and broader audiences.
  • Strong motivation in line with the goals of the project and CSER's broader aims.

The funds for this post are available for 6 months in the first instance.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Dr Lara Mani, or about the application process, please contact the Schools HR Team on

The closing date for applications is midnight Sunday 9 October 2022. Remote interviews are planned for the week commencing 17 October (subject to change).

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

Please quote reference GO33077 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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