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Research Associate in Climate Action
Sackville Street, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-016322

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 08/03/2021

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Maternity cover from 15 March 2021 or as soon as possible after until 14 September 2021

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Climate Action in the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST). The post will be based at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at The University of Manchester.  The CAST Centre is part of a major new investment in climate change social science by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

You will be working across projects within the CAST programme focusing on grassroots transformations in Theme 2, and on accelerating city-level action on climate change in Theme 3. See and for more information.

In both projects the purpose of the work is to understand how the significant society-wide transformations required to fight climate change can be supported. This work will involve learning from current grassroots initiatives, and helping to develop new city-scale initiatives of which you will be part. This role provides an excellent opportunity to work closely with organisations delivering transformational change offering a direct route to achieving impact through your research. 

You will have: demonstrable experience of applying theories and concepts from social science disciplines to climate action; knowledge and experience of public and stakeholder engagement techniques; a track record of knowledge exchange activities and an understanding of social network analysis and city level climate action policies.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointments will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Happy to talk flexible working.

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Prof. Carly McLachlan


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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