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Research Associate (Fixed Term)


TIGR2ESS: Transforming India's Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies (A Global Challenges Research Fund project)

Impacting Wellbeing in Rural and Urban Communities: Education, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship leading to improved Human Nutrition

We are looking for a full time Research Associate to work as part of a major new project exploring agricultural transformations and societal needs in India. The work is funded under a Global Challenges Research Fund project TIGR2ESS: Transforming India's Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies (https://tigr2ess.globalfood.cam.ac.uk/), which is a multi-institution research collaboration led by the University of Cambridge. The post holder will work under the supervision of Dr. Shailaja Fennell in the Department of Land Economy.

This post will provide support for the Flagship Project: Impacting Wellbeing in Rural and Urban Communities: Education, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship leading to improved Human Nutrition. The research will explore the possibility of innovative interventions to improve the skills of youth and women within socially marginalised rural and urban communities. It will work on identifying areas where improved skills can improve livelihoods, and on designing and implementing skilling interventions to advance employment and empowerment opportunities.

To engage with these issues, the project will undertake the following activities to examine the impact of innovative skill programmes on rural and urban well-being. It will conduct field studies at village level of existing asset and skill levels among rural households. It undertake skill interventions with youth and women in these sites to assess to possible routes to improving employment and empowerment. It will document women 'local champions' of well-being and nutrition to create a publicly accessible digital database and exhibition materials.

We are seeking an individual with research experience in the fields of rural development, development studies, or agricultural economics and experience of quantitative social science methods. Knowledge of Indian agriculture and rural development issues is an advantage, as is experience of conducting surveys and working with agricultural extension services and rural organisations. The post-holder will work closely with colleagues at the University of Cambridge in the UK, and with Punjab University Chandigarh, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Nabakrushna Chowdhury Centre for Development Studies and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences in Orissa, and also engage with the other Flagship Programmes in the TIGR2ESS project.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance. Funds are available until 30th September 2021.

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.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Dr. Shailaja Fennell by email, ss141@cam.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 2nd August 2018 and interviews will be held on Friday 10th August 2018.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Please quote reference JP16054 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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