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Research Associate - Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation (Fixed Term)

Cambridge Judge Business School leverages the power of academia for real world impact to transform individuals, organisations and society. Since 1990, Cambridge Judge has forged a reputation as a centre of rigorous thinking and high-impact transformative education, situated within one of the world's most prestigious research universities, and in the heart of the Cambridge Cluster, the most successful technology entrepreneurship cluster in Europe.

The Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation (CCSI) is based at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. The Centre acts as a platform for research and engagement with social innovators, academia and policy in UK and across the world. Its primary focus is to understand, promote, and engage with social innovators and create and support social ventures and projects. This post will be funded by CCSI with the aim of extending the scope and reach of its research activity.

We are seeking to employ a Research Associate to work as part of our research team, carrying out research under the direction of a principle investigator. Core tasks will include data collection, analysis and the drafting of papers. Presenting research at academic and practitioner conferences will also be a key part of the role. The role holder will work with the Head of Knowledge Transfer to disseminate findings. The research will be focused on deepening our understanding of social innovation, with an emphasis on high quality academic research which has direct relevance to policy and practice.

You should be educated to PhD level in organisational theory, sociology, political science or other relevant discipline. Strong qualitative skills, particularly in case study and ethnographic methods are essential, alongside a knowledge of social innovation, organisational theory and community studies. We are looking for a demonstrated ability to design, conduct, analyse and write up research, with excellent writing skills and attention to detail. Candidates should be able to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary and collaborative project. Good time management and planning skills, with an aim to produce academic papers in leading international journals, are essential for this role.

This is a fixed term appointment for four years in the first instance.

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