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Reference: 73362

Date Added: 6 November 2019
Closing Date: 12 November 2019

Job Title: Research Associate in Public Policy for Global Risk

Working For: Cambridge University, Centre for Study of Existential Risk

Location: Cambridge

Salary: £32,818-£40,322

Job Details

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) invites applications for a Research Associate in public policy for global risk.

They will work on some of the most important topics in the world today, produce ground-breaking and fascinating research, be part of a supportive and collaborative team, and achieve real impact with their work.


CSER is a research centre within Cambridge University dedicated to the study and mitigation of risks that could lead to human extinction or civilisational collapse.

Our research focuses on how to manage extreme risks, including biological risks, environmental risks, and risks from AI. We aim to deliver social impact and policy change. Our expertise has been sought by EU, Asian and American governments, technology companies and the UN. Through our publications, workshops, and conferences we have fostered a global community working to reduce existential risk.


This role will explore how best to engage with policy-makers, and turn research into policy. We are seeking a candidate who is able to collaborate with stakeholders to develop recommendations for policy-makers.

Key project activities associated with the role include:

  • Drafting & revising policy proposals.
  • Organising workshops & events involving academic, industry, government and civil society stakeholders.
  • Writing papers and reports.
  • Identifying relevant policy processes & institutions & highlighting opportunities to engage.

The ability to undertake such diverse tasks is more important than a particular disciplinary and/or professional background. We are very interested in applications from candidates with a practical policy background, able to apply their expertise and experience within a research setting.

About you

Applicants should have:

  • Professional experience in a relevant area.
  • Ability to work in collaborative environments, & to engage with diverse communities.
  • Excellent written & oral communication & presentation skills.
  • A serious research interest in the research foci of the Centre.
  • Inclination & the intellectual versatility to engage with a range of 'big-picture' questions, and the ability to pursue such questions in a rigorous way.

Funding is available until 30 November 2022 in the first instance.

More here: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/23474/

Closing Date: 12 November 2019

Interview/Start Dates

We expect to hold interviews in the week commencing 25 November 2019.

Start dates ideally in December 2019.

Application Details

•A cover letter – two pages max.
•A Sample of Writing - 5,000 words max.
•Names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with your work.

Apply here: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/23474/

Website: https://www.cser.ac.uk/

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