CGHR Post-doctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)


Fixed-term: This post is available for 2 years in the first instance.

The Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR), an inter-disciplinary research centre within the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), is seeking to appoint a full-time postdoctoral researcher associate (RA) for a two-year period, starting in January 2024 to work on applied research closely connected to the theme of technology, human rights and democracy.

CGHR thinks critically and innovatively to foster citizen voice and solidarity-building towards a just, inclusive and better world. Across the world, societies and polities face rapid transformations in technology, alongside upheavals in climate, health, conflict and global order, and demands to address historic and new injustices. Our challenge is to more sharply understand these dynamics and their implications, and to improve how research supports progressive change and those who drive it. Academic research centres committed to praxis have a crucial role to play. At their best, they combine independence and freedom of thought, rigorous and innovative research, and patient and deep exchanges with practitioners. From over a decade of critical and collaborative praxis research, we have learnt that the crucial spaces for new thinking and action lie at intersections and in interactions between practice and scholarship, between disciplines, and between individuals and institutions across the world.

The Research Associate will be an integral member of the CGHR team and will be expected to pursue an independent but related applied research agenda (60%) as well as to work with the co-directors on convening scholar-practitioner events and networks related to the technology, human rights and democracy theme and to collaborate on practitioner-related outputs (40%). The RA's research agenda will be expected to align with the technology, human rights and democracy theme. Applicants should furthermore have experience with applied research in this area, whether this is action research, design-led research, or another type of applied research.

Candidates should hold a PhD in a relevant social science discipline, or computer science with a strong interdisciplinary social science element, and should have a research record in line with their career stage. They should also have excellent communication skills and experience working in a team as well as independently. Past participation in strategic development of applied research is desirable.

More information about CGHR can be found at:

We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our institution.

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Further information: UE38389 Post-Doctoral Research Associate Futher Particulars

Application date
2 years
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, Digital humanities and big data, Philosophy, Theology and religion
Social sciences : Law, Political science, Information and Communication Sciences, Sociology
Other : Computer science