Research Associate: Environmental Footprint of the US Military

University of Lancaster

United Kingdom

July 11, 2021

Description

Research Associate: Environmental Footprint of the US Military

Lancaster Environment Centre Salary: £28,331 to £32,817 Closing Date: Sunday 11 July 2021 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: A3406

We welcome applications for a Research Associate to join this new initiative funded by the Economic Social Research Council Secondary Data Analysis Initiative investigating military environmental footprints, led by Benjamin Neimark, Kirsti Ashworth, Patrick Bigger and Oliver Belcher.

The initiative is a partnership between Lancaster University, and the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), and in collaboration with the Data Science Institute, and the Institute for Social Futures and Durham University, School of Government and International Affairs. The postholder will join a lively, interdisciplinary department, Lancaster Environment Centre, with a strong tradition of quality research and impact with government, activists and business.

While the casualties and humanitarian costs of war are well-reported, wider socio-economic and in particular environmental impacts are generally overlooked. For instance, if the US military were a country, its fuel usage alone would put it in the top 50 largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world. Yet they, like other global militaries, are entirely unaccountable. You will develop an open source virtual data laboratory to consolidate and make accessible data around the carbon and pollution impacts of military supply chains from a wide range of sources, bringing transparency to this currently opaque issue.

You will have a PhD in a relevant field (or equivalent experience in a relevant research-intensive role), and experience in economic and political geography, climate or energy policy and governance, geographic information systems, acquisition and managing large datasets and / or deliberative research. This experience could have been gained in an academic or other context. You will have strong skills in collaborating with external stakeholders, as well as managing your own time and contributing to the project team.

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is due to come to an end on 30/8/2022.

You are encouraged to contact Ben Neimark (b.neimark@lancaster.ac.uk) before applying, to discuss the role in more detail.

We encourage applications from people in all diversity groups, and with expertise beyond the academic. Applicants will be assessed within the context of your previous study/work environments by, for example, the research facilities available to you, and whether you had opportunities to attend conferences/scientific meetings and develop transferable skills. Applications from those seeking flexible working patterns or jobsharing or wishing to return after a career break are welcome. LEC offers a highly collegial and stimulating environment for career development based on departmental values and embedded Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) considerations and actions. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. Furthermore, we are active and progressive around sustainability, wellbeing and decolonising agendas.

What to include in each document of your application:

Cover Letter Please discuss why you are interested in this position, your career goals, and how you anticipate this position will help you meet these. Please also describe any skills you have developed that are relevant to this post. It is helpful for us to know your contribution toward the achievements and experiences listed on your CV that are relevant to this post.

CV Please include the following sections: Scientific Interests; Education History; Professional Experience/Employment History; Areas of Expertise (or Skills); Publications; Presentations; Honours/Awards/Prizes/Funding (if applicable, e.g. travel grant, poster prize); Academic Service (if applicable, e.g. manuscript reviewing), Outreach (if applicable), and Career Development (if applicable, e.g. have you attended any training courses or workshops).

Supporting Statements: Please provide a supporting statement for each criterium in the Personal Specification document that is listed as being scored via “Supporting Statements”. This should include examples that provide evidence of your experience and expertise. Aim for one paragraph per criterium (~50-200 words).

Referees: Contact information for at least two referees.

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