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
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
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
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
You are encouraged to contact Ben Neimark (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
Referees: Contact information for at least two referees.
The University provides an environment that strongly supports the
individual needs of each employee, whilst promoting the importance of
wellbeing for all our colleagues. We have a range of support networks
available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the
‘Working at Lancaster' information page.
We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an
individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment
practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.
We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless
of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or
sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of