Research Associate in Bio-risk at University Of Cambridge

University Of Cambridge is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a postdoc position. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. The deadline for applying is September 16, 2018.

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in bio-risk. CSER’s approach to the study of extreme and existential risks emphasises interdisciplinarity and engagement with policy and technology communities. CSER’s work on biological risks currently has three main areas of focus: – Extreme biological risks: foresight, safety and security; – Extreme risks from chronic disease threats; and – ‘One Health’ and complex, cascading catastrophic risks. The Research Associate will be expected to contribute to existing work strands in these areas, and will have the opportunity to develop their own lines of enquiry. This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing bio-risk team at CSER, with a strong possibility of future expansion.

In the bio area, the low probability, high impact risks that CSER focuses on are generally associated with advances which also have potential for great benefits. It’s particularly important to understand appropriate ways of managing such risks without unnecessarily restricting benefits, which might come, for example, from new approaches to addressing pandemic threats, or novel organisms created through synthetic biology.

Supported by CSER’s research team and expert advisory board, the Research Associate will produce independent and collaborative research outputs targeted at academic, government, industry and other audiences.
- A PhD in a relevant field or professional experience in a relevant area commensurate with the requirements of the role.
- Evidence of ability to work in collaborative environments. Ability to engage with diverse communities of experts – including academics across disciplines, industry partners, and policymakers.
- Evidence of a serious research interest in the research foci of the Centre.
- 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, integrating findings from different academic disciplines using a variety of analytic methods.

Fixed-term: Funding for this post is available until 29 February 2020 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for applications is 16 September 2018. Interviews are planned for 27 September 2018. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact

Please quote reference VM16441 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


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