Research Assistant x 2 for Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
University of Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk
United Kingdom

Research Assistant x 2 (Centre for the Study of Existential Risk)




The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) invites applications for two part-time Research Assistants 0.2FTE and 0.4FTE (7.5 and 15 hours per week) in the area of sustainable finance. The appointments are fixed term until 30 June 2020.


The Research Assistants will support Dr Ellen Quigley, and other colleagues associated with the research project on sustainable finance, in investigating the ways in which the financial system can contribute to the transition to a zero-emissions economy. The Research Assistant will undertake basic research activities including assistance with literature reviews, workshop organisation, and fact-finding, and will contribute to the writing of research reports and publications.


We particularly encourage applications from those with knowledge of climate science, energy systems, finance, economics or engineering. Experience in financial analysis or quantitative skills is desirable. Ability to work collaboratively is essential, and experience of conference or workshop organisation is desirable.


Applicants should have:


i. A good undergraduate or Master's degree in a relevant field


ii. Strong interest in rapid decarbonisation


iii. Experience with or ability to quickly acquire knowledge of financial or quantitative data analysis is desirable


iv. Capacity to work independently and conduct high quality research


v. Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills


Candidates should have a good undergraduate or Master's degree in a relevant field, and should demonstrate a strong interest in rapid decarbonisation. CSER has developed a community of researchers working together on the complex challenges of managing extreme risks and we are looking for candidates who will contribute this community and work as part of a team, both within CSER and with our many research partners.


If you have any questions about this vacancy you can contact Dr Simon Beard,; or about the application process, contact The closing date for applications is Midnight (GMT) Sunday 16 June 2019. Interviews are planned for Tuesday 25 June 2019


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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2020 in the first instance


Please quote reference VM19248 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.


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