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Post-doctoral Research Associate

Employer
KINGS COLLEGE LONDON
Location
London (Greater)
Salary
£43,205 - £50,585 per annum including London Weighting Allowance.
Closing date
10 Jan 2024

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Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities
Job Type
Research Related
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Job Details

Job description

 

The Department of Political Economy (DPE) is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of climate adaptation policy, for a period of 10 months, starting on 1 March 2024 (1.0 FTE). The successful candidate will collaborate with Dr Francesca Pia Vantaggiato (DPE) and Dr James Porter (Geography) on a comparative assessment of climate adaptation measures adopted at local government level in the four nations of the UK. The successful candidate will be centrally involved in all aspects of the research, including research design, data collection and analysis, production of the research outputs, coordination and collaboration with partners and stakeholders, and writing external grant applications to extend the research.  

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 10 months. 

This is a full-time  post - 100% full time equivalent.

Key responsibilities

  • Design and conduct mixed-methods research to assess climate risks and vulnerabilities reported in local authority adaptation plans, strategies, and policies in the UK; 
  • Develop a method and/or dataset to compare and identify patterns over which climate risks and vulnerabilities are identified, prioritised, and managed by local authorities; 
  • Support the dissemination of project findings via co-authored research outputs in high-ranking international peer-reviewed journals, practitioners, and professional conferences.  
  • Prepare, write, and submit research grant(s) with the project leaders to UK research councils. 

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.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria  

1.       A PhD in political science, public policy, geography, or any other relevant discipline; 

2.       Research experience in, and knowledge of the relevant literature of, one or more of the following areas: climate change adaptation governance; flood risk management; wildfire management; collaborative governance; local governance of climate change; environmental politics. 

3.       Methodological experience with quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analysis; 

4.       The ability to relate to, and support, collaborative research efforts; 

5.       The ability to communicate research clearly (both in oral and written form), and work independently as well as collaboratively as part of a project team. 

Desirable criteria

6.       Experience submitting research grant proposals; 

7.       Experience conducting fieldwork in different nations of the UK. 

8.       Familiarity with the data infrastructures of central and local government in the UK (ONS, NOMIS, gov.uk etc).  

9.       Experience with using qualitative software such as NVivo; 

10.     Experience with quantitative software such as R, Stata etc. 

Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6. 

Further information

After the deadline for application has passed, selected candidates will be invited for interview with the two project leaders.

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Company

King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit: www.kingshealthpartners.org.

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at www.kcl.ac.uk/kingsanswers.

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