Senior Research Associate in Existential Risk

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) invites applications for a Senior Research Associate from any relevant field of expertise or experience who is best able to contribute to our urgent mission. We study global risks, including those that could lead to human extinction or civilisational collapse, develop collaborative strategies to reduce them, and foster a global community of academics, technologists and policy-makers working to safeguard humanity. We are interested in applications from candidates who can either contribute to our existing strands of work, or who might lead the development of work in additional areas of, or approaches to, such extreme risks.

As part of CSER's growing interdisciplinary research team, this role will support our engagement in further ambitious, longer-term research projects, and build on our unparalleled networks to translate our findings into strategies for global risk reduction.

Key activities associated with the role include:

  • Independent and collaborative research to be published as papers, reports, and other more innovative forms of outputs.
  • Contribution to the development and implementation of CSER's research programmes and collaborations.
  • Participation in and some coordination of Centre-wide activities, and support for other members of CSER's research team, including through supervisory or mentorship roles.
  • Maintaining coordination and active dialogue about Centre activities with CSER's management board, collaborating centres, financial supporters, and other stakeholders.

Applicants must have:

  • A high level of education, preferably to a PhD level, and at least three years of postdoctoral research experience or equivalent experience in a relevant setting.
  • Expertise relevant to CSER's mission and work.
  • Excellent organisational skills, including the ability to organise own workload effectively, maintain a high level of research productivity, and support others in managing competing demands.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills, including the ability to represent CSER and its research to diverse stakeholders and expert communities.
  • 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.

Fixed term: Funding for this post is available until 31 July 2024 in the first instance.

If you have any questions about this vacancy you can contact Catherine Rhodes at, or about the application process, please contact Helen Aston, HR Administrator on

The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT ) on Sunday 16 February 2020. We expect to hold interviews in the week commencing 2 March 2020 subject to change.

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Please quote reference GO21872 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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