Philomathia Research Associate – Ethics of Technology (Fixed term)

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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Following a generous grant to the University from the Philomathia Foundation, the Department of Social Anthropology is pleased to invite applications for a full-time, three-year Research Associate position in the ethics of technology, to begin no later than 1 October 2020. The Department is seeking an individual with an exceptional academic record and the potential to make a significant contribution to the discipline. This is an excellent opportunity to join a vibrant and growing Department at Cambridge.

The post holder will be expected to manage their own research independently but also to contribute to the joint activities of the Centre and the Department. They will be responsible, in consultation with the Centre Directors, for the planning of the research, carrying out data collection (including field research), analysing data, as well as the writing and editing of research publications. The post holder will be required to contribute to seminars, conferences and workshops organised and supported by those involved in the Centre and the wider Department.

The applicants will have, or be about to be awarded, a PhD in a relevant field. They will have experience of carrying out fieldwork. They will also have an excellent command of written and spoken English. Initiative, motivation, effective teamwork and liaison with other team members and collaborators in the UK and abroad are crucial to the role.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a full list of publications and a covering letter which should include a short summary of a proposed research project in the Upload section of the online application.

Candidates should submit the names and contact details of three referees who can be contacted to provide a reference. Referees will be contacted by the University as soon as possible after submission of an application. Applications without a complete set of letters of reference will be at a distinct disadvantage.

Shortlisted applicants may be asked to submit a sample publication or a piece of written work.

The selection process will be by interview, and it is anticipated the interviews will take place during the two weeks commencing 11 May 2020.

We particularly welcome applications from women and candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 21 April 2020.

Informal enquiries about the position may be directed to Professor James Laidlaw ( or Professor Joel Robbins (

Enquiries may be addressed to Ms Connie Tang (

Please quote reference JB22594 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.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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