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Job: Post-Doctoral Research Associate "Urban Transformation and Gendered Violence in South Africa"

University of Cambridge

The Department of Sociology in the University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join the ESRC-funded 3-year project 'Urban Transformation and Gendered Violence in India and South Africa,' led by PI Dr Manali Desai. The Research Associate will undertake fieldwork in Johannesburg for part of the time and contribute to data analysis and dissemination activities of the project. The position will be for the duration of the project, which is 39 months.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 39 months in the first instance.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will play a key role in contributing to the project and the overall research initiative. You will:

  • Undertake ethnographic fieldwork for extended periods of time in South Africa in collaboration with a larger team of local researchers
  • Assist with and take leadership in specific aspects of project management in Cambridge and Johannesburg
  • Assist with data storage and handling
  • Contribute to the analysis of fieldwork data
  • Contribute to project publications for academic, policy, and public audiences
  • Contribute to the upkeep of the project website and social media dissemination of research findings and research activities
  • Assist with administrative duties including event organization and project communications

You may also choose, by arrangement, to participate in teaching and supervision in the Department of Sociology at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Eligible candidates must have a PhD in Sociology or a closely related subject.


You will need to upload a full Curriculum Vitae, list of publications and covering letter together with the contact details of two academic referees. Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the HSPS HR Office to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BME background for this vacancy. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Casey Mein (cm575@cam.ac.uk). It is anticipated that interviews will take place on the 17th or 20th January 2020.

Please quote reference JM21698 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Apply here.