Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Social Science of Droughts)

School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford

Grade 7:£30,434 p.a.

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the social science team in the interdisciplinary MaRIUS project. The successful candidate will be required to conduct independent and original social science research in collaboration with the social scientists in MaRIUS, focussing on fieldwork in two case study localities in the Thames Basin. This will involve designing, planning, undertaking and analysing individual and collective interviews and oral histories with local residents and stakeholders with regard to perceptions, experiences and knowledge of drought. You will be supporting the staging, recording and analysing of a Competency Group; contributing to production of joint deliverables from the MaRIUS consortium; collaborating in the preparation of research publications and book chapters. You will be expected to publish in highly-ranked, peer-reviewed academic journals and present papers at conferences/meetings.

Applications will have a PhD/DPhil in a social science discipline, relevant to environmental studies, in addition to a demonstrated ability to conduct qualitative research fieldwork (including, interviews, archival and documentary methods; ethnography and oral history fieldwork). Familiarity with relevant Human Geography and Science and Technology Studies theoretical perspectives and an ability to manage your own time effectively and undertake work to agreed timetable are also essential, in addition to excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present results, and represent the research group at meetings, and the ability to work collaboratively as a member of a research team.

The post is available to start 1 January 2015 and is fixed-term for 18 months.

Applications are to be made online. Please upload your CV and supporting statement as part of your application.

The closing date is 12.00 noon on 6 October 2014, and interviews will be held during week commencing 13 October 2014.

For more information and how to apply, please see the job details on the Oxford University Recruitment website.

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