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MAX-CAM Research Assistant/Associate x 3 (Fixed Term)

The Division of Social Anthropology is seeking to appoint three full-time Research Associates to contribute to the research initiatives of the MAX-CAM Centre for the Study of Ethics, Human Economy, and Social Change, in the Division of Social Anthropology, for a period of four years or until 31 December 2021, whichever is the sooner. The primary aim of the posts is to provide strategic support for the research aims and outputs of the Centre and carry out anthropological research involving periods of fieldwork. The MAX-CAM Centre is a major research initiative, that sits under the Division of Social Anthropology, and is supported by the Max Planck Society, the Isaac Newton Trust and the University of Cambridge. The Centre is devoted to the study of the interconnections between economic and ethical change, with a focus on the role of ritual practice in mediating these changes. It aims to develop novel theoretical positions of interdisciplinary interest in its focal areas as well as generating new empirical findings.

The post holders are expected to manage their own research independently but contribute to the joint activities and outputs of the Centre, including working closely with the team of four Research Associates in the Centre in Cambridge and two Associates who will be based in Germany. They will be involved in the planning of the research, the organisation of some events, carrying out data collection (including interviews), analysing data (including some interview transcription), as well as helping with the servicing of Centre webpages and the writing and editing of research publications emerging from the Centre's research. The post holders will be required to contribute to the presentations of seminars, conferences and workshops organised and supported by the Centre. The successful candidates may also be invited to participate in the overall contribution of the Division of Social Anthropology, as appropriate.

The applicants will have, or be about to be awarded, a PhD in a relevant field. They will have experience of carrying out fieldwork, preferably in the study of ethics, the human economy and social change. They will also have an excellent command of written and spoken English. Initiative, motivation, effective teamwork and liaison with other team members and collaborators in the UK and abroad are crucial to the role.

Successful candidates who have not been awarded their PhD by the appointment date will be under-appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5). Upon award of the PhD the individual will be promoted to Research Associate (Grade 7). The salary will be in the range of £25,298- £29,301 per annum pro rata for appointment at Research Assistant level or £31,076- £38,183 per annum pro rata for Research Associate level (PhD holders).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance, or until 31 December 2021 whichever is the sooner.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a full list of publications and a covering letter which should include a short summary of a proposed research project in the Upload section of the online application. Candidates should ask their three referees to write directly on their behalf to the Secretary of the Appointments Committee, Mrs Dorothy Searle ( by the closing date. Applications without a complete set of letters of reference will be at a distinct disadvantage. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 24 September 2017. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Dorothy Searle on The selection process will be by interview and it is expected that interviews will be held on Monday 9 October 2017.

Please quote reference JB13091 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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