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Research Associate / Senior Research Associate in Sustainable Consumption

The deadline for applications is 2 February 2020.

Research Associate / Senior Research Associate in Sustainable Consumption

The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme

Salary: £30,942 – £40,322 (Grade 7) / £41,526 - £52,599 (Grade 9)

Vacancy reference number EN21833

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is seeking to appoint a Fellow in sustainable consumption under The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme. Funding for the Fellowship has been secured through a philanthropic donation from Sainsbury’s Supermarkets LtD, but stewardship of the Programme lies with CISL.

The successful candidate will be part of our exciting new Fellowship Programme, aiming to unlock the potential of the University to partner with business, government and finance institutions on real-world challenges and opportunities that must be addressed in order to build a sustainable economy. The ambition is to foster new transdisciplinary thinking on sustainability, leading to practical insights, tools and recommendations for decision-makers to carry into their organisations alongside important advances in fundamental knowledge.

Supermarkets are in a period of reinvention as they seek to differentiate from online shopping by providing customers with uniquely physical experiences. The Fellow will conduct high-impact research focussing on the role of retailers in empowering consumers and connecting them to solutions that enable sustainable consumption. Strategies include appropriation of local identities, produce, culture and crafts, and establishing environmentally and socially aware supply chains and work environments. CISL encourages senior and early career researchers to apply and will appoint a Fellow at the appropriate grade for a period of three years.  Applications are welcome from highly regarded researchers from any relevant discipline with a strong academic record and interest in conducting research in business, policy or civil-society contexts.

This post is full-time or part-time (minimum 80% FTE), and CISL is open to secondments or similar arrangements which accommodate existing commitments. From autumn 2020 the Programme will be based at CISL’s new premises; a low carbon retrofitted building in the centre of Cambridge, which will serve as a vibrant atmosphere for collaborative research.

Please provide a full CV, cover letter, and research proposal containing a 1 – 2,000-description with a 100-word summary intended for a general audience. If you wish to be considered for this opportunity on the basis of a secondment, please provide evidence of home institutional support.

Applicants must be committed to the values that underpin CISL’s work and, our Fellows will be expected to have the following attributes:

  • Sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge to design and execute research of a high standard;
  • The skills and experience to work independently and manage own workload with limited oversight, while also seeking to foster fruitful collaborations;
  • The ability to continually update knowledge in the specialist area and engage in continuous professional development;
  • The creativity and initiative to develop a new project and the intellectual energy and independent thinking necessary to deliver the research;
  • Clear enthusiasm for engaging flexibly and responsively to opportunities for impact.

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Please quote reference EN21833 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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Further information

The deadline for applications is 2 February 2020.

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