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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position for a fixed-term of 36 months working on a Leverhulme-funded project about the histories and geographies of climate change. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) and will collaborate in research work streams led by Dr Richard Staley and Professor Simon Schaffer in particular.

Eligible candidates must have a PhD in history of science, environmental history, historical geography or science and technology studies. A broad knowledge of the history of climate science is essential and some background in the climate sciences is desirable. They will have experience in independent archival fieldwork and, more generally, in historical research methods. Prior research in the history of climate change would be a significant advantage and they must have proven experience of publishing high-quality research articles. Applicants must be highly motivated and should have excellent time management, organisational and communication skills, and be able to work well as part of a team.

The successful candidate will work closely with Staley, Schaffer and colleagues in both HPS and Geography. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of departmental and University activities, including departmental seminars in HPS and Geography, the 'geographies of knowledge' research group, and reading groups across the University. They may also undertake a small amount of teaching. They will be based in Cambridge and expected to attend MCH project meetings.

Candidates who wish to be considered for the Teaching Associate position advertised concurrently should apply for that position in addition to this one; if successful in both, the Research Associate position would then begin in September 2021 for a period of three years.

Interview date: 24 March 2020 Anticipated start date: September 2020

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2023 in the first instance.

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Applicants are able to upload a maximum of three documents, these should be arranged as follows: 1) Cover letter, curriculum vitae and full list of publications combined into one document. Please include weblinks or doi's for your publications, where possible. 2) Details of teaching experience and research interests. 3) One sample of original written work. If you are unable to upload your work samples, please email these as attachments to, ensuring that you include your surname in the email subject line and in the file names.

Please provide the names and contact details of two referees in the space provided. We will contact the referees of shortlisted candidates directly to request references (unless you advise that you do not wish us to do so). Referees will be asked to comment specifically on the candidate's ability to undertake this role in the Department.

Please quote reference JN21799 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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