University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

United Kingdom

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position working on a Leverhulme-funded project about the histories and geographies of climate change and providing related research support to Professor Mike Hulme. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Geography and will join Hulme's research group (https: // www.

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). 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 documents and papers pertaining to the historical development of climate sciences from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth centuries; and 2) to conduct oral history interviews with retired climate scientists around the world, and to curate (using the University Library portal) and interpret/synthesise interviews already completed by the MCH team with a view to a range of publications. They will also be expected to undertake a small number of undergraduate supervisions and limited teaching (seminars and project supervision) on the MPhil in Anthropocene Studies.

Eligible 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 conducting and/or curating oral history interviews is desirable. They will have experience in independent archival fieldwork and 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 the MCH team. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of departmental and University activities, including the department's '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 to conduct oral histories.

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

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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    Department of Geography, Cambridge








    4 May 2023

    Closing date

    14 June 2023

    Job details


    Research Associate (Fixed Term)


    University of Cambridge


    United Kingdom


    May 24, 2023

    Application deadline

    June 14, 2023

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Geosciences,Physics

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