Research Assistant at University of Cambridge

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in sociology to join University of Cambridge, UK. The funding allows successful candidates to work for 12 months in the first instance. Applications are welcome before September 23, 2019.

The Department of Land Economy is looking to appoint a researcher to join its team of researchers in the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR). We look at all aspects of housing, planning and land use, and conduct research for a range of funders. Information about CCHPR’s current and completed research can be found on its website:

The Research Assistant will work on a 12 month programme of innovative research in collaboration with Places for People. Places for People is a large scale placemaking and regeneration business, committed to the long term sustainability of places for people at all stages of life. Working with key stakeholders, experts and opinion formers to explore key issues of concern to Places for People and the wider housing sector, the researcher will be the lead author for a series of bespoke reports which aim to shape the development of products and services, and influence housing policy and practice across the UK.

If you are a confident, self-motivated researcher with a postgraduate degree in a “research heavy” subject with a high volume of written work (e.g. Planning/Geography/ Economics/Law/Politics/Sociology), and academic experience of the macro-economy or the UK housing market, we’d love to hear from you.

Fixed term: The funds are available for 12 months in the first instance but extension may be possible subject to performance and funding.

Start date: This post is available for an immediate start.

Location: The successful candidate will split their time between CCHPR’s offices in Cambridge and Places for People’s Head Office in London, and will need to travel for fieldwork. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion, and encourages applications from all sections of society.

Further information about the post can be found in the Further Particulars document.

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

Informal enquiries about this post should be directed to Dr Gemma Burgess on or 01223 764547. Interviews are planned for Thursday 14 October 2019.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


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