Research Assistant/Associate in Politics and International Studies
University of Cambridge - Department of Politics and International Studies
United Kingdom

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

The Forum on Geopolitics, within the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is looking to recruit a 1-year, fixed-term, full-time Research Assistant/Associate.

The starting date is negotiable but ideally will be the 15 September 2019.

The Research Assistant/Associate will be expected to develop an individual research output, making an original and distinct contribution to the intellectual and policy-relevant output of the Forum. The post holder will further support the Forum's broader objectives by providing strategic oversight of a developing policy-focused agenda through organising and curating events, publications and outreach initiatives. The postholder will report directly to the Director and Deputy Director and will be responsible for overseeing the operational work of the administrators.

Candidates will ordinarily be expected to hold a PhD in International Relations, History, Security Studies or a related field. In addition to producing high-quality research, candidates will be experienced in providing strategic support and leading independent initiatives in a university or think tank environment.

Appointment at research associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded). The research assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range £26,243 to £30,395. The research associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £32,236 to £39,609.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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

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Interviews will be held shortly after the application close date.

Please quote reference UE19944 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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