Senior Research Associate

University of East Anglia
Norwich, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
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This major new research project on climate change adaptation is a three-year collaboration between the University of East Anglia, the Dutch Open University and University of Oldenburg (Germany). Each partner is funded by its home country research council, under the Open Research Area in the Social Sciences. The project will investigate why societies are currently finding it hard to adapt to climate change.

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Research Associate to carry out the UK arm of this research, under the supervision of the UK Principal Investigator, Dr John Turnpenny and working with the Co-Investigator, Dr Tim Rayner. The successful applicant will be involved in: 


• Creating a conceptual framework for analysing institutional aspects of climate change adaptation;

• Selecting case studies;

• Empirical data gathering for UK cases across water management, health care, and biodiversity and nature conservation sectors, including elite interviews and document analysis, informed by multiple theoretical approaches;

• Data management and preparation for data sharing;

• Synthesising empirical results for the health sector across UK, Dutch and German case studies using/ informed by Qualitative Comparative Analysis;

• Contributing to Communication, dissemination and transdisciplinary conference (including project team meetings, a workshop for chapter authors of an edited book, and final conference with approx. 100 participants, web site development).

• Although working under the general guidance of a more experienced academic or Principal Investigator, the successful candidate will contribute ideas, including enhancements to the technical or methodological aspects of the study, to the research project, thus providing substantial ‘added value’. • Determine and deploy appropriate methodologies for research, with advice and support.

• Assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations.

• Write up their own research work for publication, with appropriate support, in respected journals or equivalent and/or contribute as a team member to larger publications.

• Present research findings, either at conferences or seminars appropriate to the discipline.

• May (consonant with the terms of their funding) contribute to the teaching of students in the School, usually within their own field of expertise and knowledge of research methods.

• May be involved in the supervision, with guidance, of final year undergraduate/taught postgraduate research projects as well as the day-to-day supervision of PhD students.

• May (consonant with the terms of their funding) identify personal research objectives, develop a plan for personal research and initiate research that leads to the development of knowledge and theoretical understanding.

• Begin to write, with appropriate support, bids for individual research funding or, where funders do not permit this, contribute to the writing of collective bids.

• Begin to referee papers for external bodies.

• Participate effectively in activities to achieve engagement with research, and/or impact beyond academia.

• Where the research is apposite, begin to develop entrepreneurial or collaborative links either with external organisations or with in-house companies. • Where appropriate, register patents to protect intellectual property.

• Will be actively developing their own research network with researchers in other institutions, nationally and internationally.

• Will communicate with users of, and communities relevant to, the research and, as appropriate, the subjects of their research. 


The research will be based at the University of East Anglia in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies.