Research Associate, Risks from Global Systems (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

October 16, 2022


Research Associate, Risks from Global Systems (Fixed Term)

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate with a focus on systemic challenges that could lead to or exacerbate a global catastrophe.

CSER produces world-leading research on global catastrophic risk topics ranging from pandemics to the impacts of emerging technologies, engaging with policymakers at the national and international level, and launching major research initiatives in Cambridge.

This role would suit a specialist in a relevant global system: for example, an economist modelling constraint on critical global supply chains; an engineer interested in urban resilience to disaster; or a climate scientist interested in tipping points with catastrophic potential. The successful candidate will also be expected to manage and grow relevant networks across different academic, industry, civil society and policy communities.

Key activities associated with the role include:

  • Independent research to be published as papers, reports, and other more innovative forms of outputs.
  • Participation in Centre-wide activities, both internally and through contributions to our outreach and engagement efforts.
  • Development of a research agenda that stretches beyond their specialist interests to tie-together work on systemic challenges for global catastrophic risks.
  • Actively collaborate with leading researchers and research centres and with key contacts in government, international organisation and industry.
  • Applicants must have:

  • A PhD in climate science, engineering, physics, systems science, economics or similar disciplines.
  • A strong scientific understanding of at least one global catastrophic risk.
  • Experience of engaging with diverse communities of experts, including academics across disciplines, industry partners, and policy makers.
  • Enthusiasm for joining an interdisciplinary team, focused on mitigating global catastrophe.
  • Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

    CSER is supportive of researchers who choose to take advantage of the University of Cambridge's allowance for part-time consultancy work, as well as other avenues for impact beyond academic publications.

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

    If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Jessica Bland, or about the application process, please contact the School HR Team on

    The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) on Sunday 16 October 2022. Interviews are planned for the week commencing 24 October (subject to confirmation and change).

    Please quote reference GO33179 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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

    The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

    Further information
  • Further Particulars
  • Department/Location

    Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, Cambridge








    14 September 2022

    Closing date

    16 October 2022

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