Research Associate in China and Environment

London (Greater) (GB)
£38,304-£39,345 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Friday, 13 November 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 13 December 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

The Lau China Institute in the School of Global Affairs at King’s College, London, exists for the research on contemporary China, education (through a successful Master of China and Globalisation degree and over 30 doctoral students) and outreach. It has six academic staff, an international network of collaborations, and undertakes extensive public engagement.

It is now seeking to expand its work and wishes to appoint a post-doctoral research associate for two years in the field of China and the environment. This would be a multi-disciplinary role, and would focus on the research, and broader understanding, of common perceptions of environmental challenges and research between China and the outside world. The applicant could be from a social science or environmental science background, though with some previous work on issues in this area relating to China. The key aim is to identify synergies between the Chinese contemporary understanding of the challenges of the environment, and those of the UK, US, and more widely.

The applicant would need to have completed a doctorate in a relevant field and be seeking to develop an academic career. They would need to articulate a strategy during their two years in the position of publishing, teaching and being able to identify, and then apply, for research funds.

Key responsibilities 

  • working with the Lau Institute director and academic staff, and with other stakeholders to articulate a research framework and identity a network relevant to research and study of environmental issues in China.
  • to participate in teaching relevant to the Postgraduate Masters in China and Globalisation 
  • publishing in high-quality peer-reviewed social science or environmental science journals 
  • leading doctoral and Masters seminars in the Lau China Institute. 
  • identifying, and seeking to apply, for research funding.
  • carry out all research methods to consistent and high standards 
  • contribute to the intellectual life of the department 
  • attend and contribute to relevant meetings 
  • undertake periods of travel for fieldwork within China 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Further information

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 2 years.

This is a full-time post.

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.

This advertisement does meet the requirements for a Certificate of Sponsorship under Home Office regulations and therefore the university will be able to offer sponsorship for this role.