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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER-a centre within CRASSH) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (RA) for its Managing Extreme Technological Risk research programme, continuing the work of the sub-project 'Horizon-Scanning and Foresight for Extreme Technological Risk'. The appointment will be full time for nine months in the first instance and it is available from 1 May 2018.

The RA will develop and refine CSER's web-based register of extreme technological risk (, including leading an associated expert elicitation process. They will investigate the utility of a range of horizon-scanning and foresight techniques and methodologies for early detection of extreme technological risks, and, where appropriate, how these might be matched with management options.

The project will be guided by Professor Bill Sutherland, and supported by CSER's research team and expert advisory board. The RA will produce individual and collaborative research outputs. Applicants must have: - A PhD in a relevant field or research experience in a relevant area commensurate with the requirements of the role. - Expertise relevant to the sub-project, including familiarity with horizon-scanning and/or foresight methodologies and techniques. - Evidence of ability to work in collaborative environments and to engage with diverse communities of experts ¿ including academics across disciplines, industry partners and policy makers. - Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills. - Evidence of a serious interest in the research foci of the Centre.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 9 months in the first instance. The research grant funding this post ends on 30 June 2019 in the first instance.

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.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 10 April 2018. Interviews on 20 April 2018. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact

Please quote reference VM14991 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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