Darwin College/Cambridge Zero David MacKay Research Associates 2023

15 May 2023

As part of the Secretariat for the Cambridge Zero Policy Form, the Centre for Climate Engagement is pleased to support the recruitment of non-stipendiary Research Associate positions for early career postdoctoral students. Darwin College and Cambridge Zero intend to appoint up to three non-stipendiary College Research Associates from July 2023. These positions are tenable for one year.

The purpose of these non-stipendiary Research Associates is to provide the opportunity for early-career postdoctoral students at the University of Cambridge, who are working on a topic related to Cambridge Zero’s research agenda*, the opportunity to engage with, and benefit from, the Cambridge Zero Policy Forum. The Cambridge Zero Policy Forum is a multidisciplinary community of academics contributing evidence and expertise to public policies for the transition to a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient net zero society. The Forum is Co-Chaired by Dr Emily Shuckburgh (Director, Cambridge Zero) Dr Rob Doubleday (Executive Director, Centre for Science and Policy) and  Emily Farnworth (Director, Centre for Climate Engagement at Hughes Hall). The secretariat to the Policy Forum is provided by CSaP.

* Cambridge Zero’s research themes:

  • Zero-carbon energy transformation
  • Health and society
  • Resources and production
  • Resilient futures
  • Transport, cities and infrastructure
  • Carbon drawdown and climate repair

Research Associates will:

  1. Plan and run a public event as part of the Cambridge Zero Climate Festival (Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October 2023) and prepare a blog piece about the event.
  2. Work with the other MacKay Research Associates in their cohort to deliver a project / event with the Sustainability Engagement Coordinator at Darwin College.
  3. Present their research to the Darwin College Community.

Research Associates will have membership of the Cambridge Zero Policy Forum, which will allow them to join Policy Forum events for the year. These include monthly in-person seminars with policy stakeholders.

The scheme aims to provide researchers with a substantial association with Darwin College, including opportunities to engage with Fellows and students, contribute to and participate in research seminars and workshops, and to dine in College and participate in social activities organised by the Darwin College Student Association. Such an association will not include membership of the College’s Governing Body.

Candidates must be of postdoctoral standing and may be graduates of any university. They will normally hold a funded position requiring them to conduct research in the University of Cambridge or in a directly associated research institution and the appointment will be co-terminus with that position.

Postdoctoral Research Associates will be entitled to:

  • Seven meals a week at Darwin College
  • Use College sporting / social facilities
  • Membership of the Darwin College Students Association

Applications should be submitted at https://app.casc.cam.ac.uk/fas_live/darzero/ by 12pm on Wednesday 7 June, 2023 and include:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A 500 word description of a topic you believe could be usefully addressed by the Policy Forum (see the Policy Forum website for details of some of the topics that the Forum have considered to-date: https://www.csap.cam.ac.uk/Research-Policy-Engagement/cambridge-zero/)  
  • A short statement providing the reasons for desiring a College association and the ways in which the applicant will contribute to College life
  • Note that 2 references will also be required by 8 June 2023

Referees should be senior members of the University of Cambridge or other academic institutions. Appointments to these positions will be subject to a selection committee and may include an interview.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 15 June between 13.00 and 16.00.

The College reserves the right not to make an appointment.