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Opportunities at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is seeking postdocs for research opportunities on the global sustainability challenges facing business and society. The opportunities are primarily undertaking research for business groups for which the Institute is secretariat.

Individuals should have the ability to engage with companies and integrate academic knowledge into aspects of business practise. They should have experience writing concise research reports and making presentations on findings that are relevant and accessible to business.

Postdocs will be supported by an experienced team to coordinate the research outputs, and have an opportunity to have impact in the business community through their research.

The Institute is particularly interested to hear from postdocs working on research linked to the following broad research areas:

  1. Sustainable finance – How can we create a finance system that incentivises and rewards long-term thinking?
  2. Inclusive development – How can companies be agents of inclusive growth within the developing world and emerging economies?
  3. Natural capital – How can companies sustain the natural world and the resources it provides through their strategies and operating practices?
  4. Economic innovation – How will markets evolve in future decades in response to global challenges, and how should public policy act with business to smooth this path?
  5. Leadership - How can companies develop the leadership needed to shape the economy to deliver positive social outcomes, while at the same time ensuring successful and resilient organisations?
  6. Future cities – How can cities develop vibrant communities of healthy people, supported by clean, green energy, food, water and transportation systems?

There are two current research opportunities within the area of Natural Capital, with a focus either on soil or on water, for postdocs who can support the development of corporate performance measures (or metrics).

The postdoc working on soil should have broad knowledge of soil science, including the fundamentals of the subject, such as the biological, chemical and physical properties of soils, and their spatial and temporal variability across the landscape.

The postdoc working on water should have knowledge on the global causes and trends of water scarcity resulting from land use and how this relates to global supply chains. Please contact John Pharoah for further details.

Impact 

CISL are also looking to pro-actively engage with postdocs that are already working within the research areas mentioned above on integrating impact within their existing research projects.

For example, in their sustainable finance team, CISL works with 50 financial firms across 5 continents as well as a number of financial services regulators to change finance and finance change.

If your research produces insights that you think can make finance more sustainable, please contact Dr Nina Seega, CISL research director for sustainable finance.  

How to apply

Please provide your details via this form if you would like to discuss any of the upcoming opportunities at the Institute.

 

EPSRC-funded Placements for Physical Science & Technology

Funding is available to allow EPSRC-funded postdocs to take up short term placements in a partner organisation in industry, the public sector or third sector (not at other Universities).

The funding is intended to enable the postdoc to apply their research-based knowledge and expertise in a different context, helping the partner organisation innovate and the postdoc to gain valuable work experience.  

Funding is available to cover salary and travel costs for up to three months, full or part-time. Through the scheme, the postdocs must find a suitable company or organisation and obtain agreement with their PI to pursue the placement prior to applying for funding.

The choice of research topic is left open, and applications should show:

  • evidence of how the placement(s) will address an industry need
  • evidence that the placement activity will be focused on knowledge exchange between the postdoc and the partner organisation
  • evidence that the placement will enable further postdoc skills development in a non-academic setting.

The placement should be completed within 12 months of the award or by 31 March 2020, whichever is earlier. An agreement between the partner organisation and University will be required to cover intellectual property, confidentiality and other matters.

How to apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until March 2020 and should be submitted to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk using the IAA form together with a letter of support from the partner organisation confirming the details of their involvement.

 

Freelance Research Placements with Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group have three opportunities for 3-week placements for researchers to work on freelance research projects. The projects are around:

More information about each placement and how to apply can be found on the links above.

Deadline for applications: 12pm 4 December 2017.

 

ESRC-funded Placements for Social Science

As part of the RCUK Innovation Fellowships scheme, funding is available from the ESRC to allow social science postdocs to take up short term placements in industry in areas aligned to the Government's Industrial Strategy.

Funding is available to cover salary and travel costs for postdocs to spend time working in a different environment that is related to their research area.

Through the scheme, postdocs themselves find a suitable company or organisation and obtain agreement to pursue the placement prior to applying for funding.

The choice of research topic is left open, and applications should show:

  • clear mechanism to support outward postdoc placement(s) to industry in areas aligned to the Industrial Strategy (placements can be with existing or new partners)
  • evidence of how the placement(s) will address an industry need; or the process for selecting a placement will ensure industry need is met
  • evidence that the placement activity will be focussed on knowledge exchange and bringing business/industry and postdocs together
  • evidence that the placement will enable further postdoc skills development in a non-academic setting.

Primary research is not eligible under this scheme.

Activities must be based at least 50% within the social sciences. Proposals should not duplicate work already funded by the ESRC or other funders - find further information about ESRC disciplines here.

The placements must be completed by 31 March 2018.

Placement examples

The following are current placement opportunities with Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd (CAR). You are welcome to approach CAR about these opportunities, or  to use these as examples of the type of placement you could approach other organisations about.

Training workshops are provided by the OPdA and Careers Service on identifying and approaching companies for those interested in applying. There are also workshops provided for those who are successful in their application to the schemes.

How to apply

To take part in the internal selection process for this scheme, please submit an application form and a letter of support from the Department that will host the project, to .

Deadline: 17 November 2017.

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