Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy (Fixed term)

open until filled
Social Sciences, International Politics, Public Policy, International Relations
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
£32,816-£40,322 GBP

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 20 months in the first instance.

The Bennett Institute for Public Policy invites applications for a post-doctoral Research Associate to work on one or more of the various challenges which the Institute is exploring within the broad programme of research and engagement it is conducting under the heading of 'Place'. We welcome applicants from any relevant social scientific or related discipline, working on such topics as geographical inequalities, regional productivity and inclusive growth, the 'left behind', the policy implications of agglomeration, industrial strategy, devolution and governance within the UK, and the relationships between place, identity and politics. We welcome applicants who have experience of working in the policy world.

The Bennett Institute for Public Policy is a major, multi-disciplinary research centre committed to producing world-leading research on policy questions in the age of disruption. It is based at the University of Cambridge, and housed within the Department for Politics & International Studies, and is led by its inaugural Director Professor Michael Kenny and Professor Diane Coyle, the Bennett Chair of Public Policy.

The Research Associate will also conduct their own independent projects under the supervision of Professors Kenny and Coyle, and undertake various duties relating to the overall running of the Institute. They will be required to engage with policy makers in the UK and beyond as well as academic experts.

The successful candidate should have (or be close to completing) a PhD in a field relevant to public policy and governance. They should provide evidence of potential for research and publication at the highest level and a good understanding of the policy process.

The deadline for applications is 17 April 2020.

We particularly welcome applications from women and candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

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Informal enquiries may be addressed to Mrs Sarah Rosella on

Interviews are expected to take place in April/May 2020.

Please quote reference UE22860 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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