Research Associate in Criminology
University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology
United Kingdom

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 9 months in the first instance.

A post-doctoral Research Associate position funded by the Leverhulme Trust is available in the Institute of Criminology.

Project title - The i-Gov Project: Illegal Governance of Markets and Communities

This is a new full-time position (fixed term, 9 months) working under Dr Paolo Campana and Prof Federico Varese (University of Oxford) on a Leverhulme-funded research project on organised crime and illegal governance in the United Kingdom.

The overall project aims to identify and explore instances of organised crime and illegal governance in local communities across the United Kingdom. The first phase of the project led to the creation of a new instrument, 'the i-Gov Questionnaire' and the collection of quantitative data on organised crime presence in communities across the United Kingdom. The current phase will be devoted to testing hypotheses and carrying out quantitative analysis on datasets already available as well as on additional datasets that the post-holder will help compile.

We expect the post-holder to independently carry out quantitative analysis on mid- to large-scale datasets as well as actively engage with key actors to acquire additional datasets. Strong quantitative skills are an essential requirement for this job as well as strong analytical skills. The successful candidate will have previous experience with quantitative testing of hypotheses and a strong background in quantitative methods. Previous experience in using advanced social network analysis techniques, instrumental variable estimations and regression models are highly desirable. We expect the post-holder to possess a PhD in Social Sciences with a strong quantitative component or equivalent level of practical expertise, with preference for PhDs in Sociology (quantitative methods), Economics, Statistics, Criminology (quantitative methods) or related disciplines. Previous experience with the subject matter is desirable but not essential.

Further information regarding the role and its responsibilities can be found in the attached Further Particulars.

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Interviews will be held on 16th November 2020 (remotely via Skype/Zoom)

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