Research Associate in Global Justice and Global Catastrophic Risk

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom


The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER - a centre within CRASSH) invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the area of global justice and global catastrophic risk.

A focus on the relationship between global justice and global catastrophic risk has formed an increasing part of CSER's work over recent years. This stems from the following:

  • The intersection between global catastrophic risk and areas of research with an increasing focus on justice such as climate change, disaster studies, AI and bio-risk.
  • A growing awareness of the role global injustice and inequality play as precipitating causes, stress factors and early warning signs of global catastrophic risk.
  • An awareness of the importance of justice and equity within the formation of global policy, and the need to include these concerns in our approach to risk management.

As well as producing targeted research outputs within these areas, the Research Associate will collaborate with other staff at CSER, contributing to our work across specific risk areas such as bio-risk, environmental risk and risks from transformative artificial intelligence. They will also be expected to actively contribute to CSER's growing focus on research led approaches to policy development and to extend our connections across scientific and technological communities and civil society. This is an exciting opportunity to engage in a cutting-edge research programme and to develop their own lines of enquiry.

Applicants must have:

  • A PhD in a relevant field or professional experience in a relevant area commensurate with the requirements of the role.
  • Expertise relevant to the focus area.
  • Evidence of ability to work in collaborative environments, and the ability to engage with diverse communities of experts including academics across disciplines, industry partners, and policymakers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Evidence of a serious research interest in the research foci of the Centre.
  • The inclination and the intellectual versatility to engage with a range of 'big-picture' questions, and the ability to pursue such questions in a rigorous way, integrating findings from different academic disciplines using a variety of analytic methods.

Fixed term: Funding for this post is available until 30 September 2023 in the first instance.

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Interviews will be held in the week commencing 10 June 2019 to start as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact

Please quote reference VM18762 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.

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