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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

The role will be working on a Leverhulme-funded project about the histories and geographies of climate change. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Geography and will join the research group of Professor Mike Hulme.

The Leverhulme Research Grant 'Making Climate History' (MCH), was awarded jointly to Dr Staley and Professors Schaffer (History and Philosophy of Science; HPS) and Hulme (Geography) for the period 2019-2024. This project uses historical, oral and material methods to analyse the relation between making climates and knowing them. Its guiding principle is that the conceptual and technical work required to create effective knowledge of changing climates is strongly connected to the material technologies and practices that produce and change physical climate regimes. The successful applicant will pursue two main objectives: 1) through archival work, and in association with the project team, to source and critically analyse selected historical maps of global climate with respect to their design, salience and utility; and 2) to conduct a series of in-depth interviews with retired climate scientists and science administrators around the world and to liaise with oral history repositories for the curation of the acquired participant histories. The successful applicant will co-write with Hulme a monograph titled 'Critical Climate Cartographies', write single authored academic journal articles and co-author collaborative project articles with Staley, Schaffer and Hulme. A small contribution to Geography undergraduate or graduate teaching and supervision is also required within this position - limited to two separate Terms within the 42 month duration of the post.

Candidates must have a PhD in historical geography, environmental history, history of science or science and technology studies. A broad knowledge of the history of climate science is essential and experience in oral history is desirable. They will have experience in independent archival fieldwork and, ideally, in conducting oral history interviews and, more generally, in critical geographical and historical research methods. Prior research on the historical geographies 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 the co-PI Hulme and with colleagues in HPS. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of departmental and University activities, including the departmental 'geographies of knowledge' research group, departmental seminars in both Geography and HPS, and reading groups across the University. They will be based in Cambridge, expected to attend MCH project meetings, and be willing to travel worldwide for oral histories.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 42 months in the first instance.

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