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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)

The Department of Sociology in the University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the ERC-funded project, Smart Forests: Transforming Environments into Social-Political Technologies, led by PI Professor Jennifer Gabrys. The Research Associate will review smart forests initiatives and technologies, undertake national and international fieldwork (contingent on travel guidance), co-lead smart forests case studies, organise and hold participatory stakeholder events, and contribute to data analysis and dissemination activities (including conference presentations, publications and an online atlas) for the project. The position is 24 months in duration.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will play a key role in contributing to the project and the overall research initiative. You will:

  • Contribute to the overall survey of smart forest initiatives
  • Contribute to the selection of case studies and co-lead and contribute to case studies
  • Aid in the development and hosting of participatory events
  • Contribute to the project website and other online project materials
  • Contribute to the design and running of project symposia
  • Contribute to project presentations and publications
  • Contribute to dissemination of research findings and research activities according to project's guidelines
  • Ensure compliance with all ERC grant requirements, including project reporting, data management and ethics

You may also choose, by arrangement, to participate in teaching and supervision in the Department of Sociology at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Eligible candidates must have a PhD in Sociology or a closely related subject, with considerable knowledge of digital technologies, smart environments, and smart forest initiatives, ideally from an STS, digital media studies or environmental studies perspective.

You will need to upload a full Curriculum Vitae, list of publications and covering letter together with the contact details of two academic referees. Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the HSPS HR Office to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BME background for this vacancy.

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Informal enquiries about the post may be addressed to Prof Jennifer Gabrys ( Enquiries about the application process may be addressed to Yvonne Martin-Portugues ( It is anticipated that interviews will take place during the week commencing 1 August 2022.

Please quote reference JM31775 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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