Research Fellow in EU Shale Gas Controversies

University of Birmingham – School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research Fellow in EU Shale Gas Controversies

 

 

The University of Birmingham is hiring a 12-months post-doctoral researcher to work with me on a ESRC-funded research grant: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BLF457/research-fellow-in-eu-shale-gas-controversies/.

Application deadline is 9th August, with interviews likely to take place on 28th August. Please circulate widely to potential candidates and feel free to contact me with any questions via email k.kama@bham.ac.uk.

The prospect of shale gas development has generated remarkable scientific and political controversy across Europe, with countries taking opposite approaches by either embracing or banning the industry. Given the lack of reliable geological knowledge and prevailing uncertainties in exploring new subsurface resources, what is the potential of these controversies to transform science-policy relations and public engagement with extractive industries? The post-doc joins an ESRC-funded project ‘Geo-logics and Geo-politics: The Collective Governance of European Shale Gas Development’ to explore this question at the level of both the EU and national authorities (Poland and the UK). This research also engages with emerging conceptual debates on ‘political geology’ across the social sciences.

The post-doc will collect primary data through a variety of social science research methods, which requires travelling for overseas fieldwork. They must be able to present research outputs to different audiences through both oral and written mediums, and to contribute to the organisation of project’s events, as well as future research networks and collaborations.

Previous experience in qualitative research methods, including interviews, participant observation and field research. Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English, and ability to communicate complex ideas clearly. Experience in social network analysis and additional language skills in Polish or German are desired, but not essential.

The candidate should hold a PhD/DPhil degree (or have submitted at the time of interview) in Human Geography, Science and Technology Studies, Anthropology, Sociology or a related discipline. It is desirable to have previous experience in the analysis of techno-scientific controversies, particularly in the context of extractive industries and/or energy transformations.

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £29,799 to £38,832. With potential progression once in post to £41,212 a year.

Closing date:   9th August 2018               Reference: 59660

Applications must be submitted via the University of Birmingham website. A full job description is available here: http://www.download.bham.ac.uk/vacancies/jd/59660.pdf

Further information on the ESRC Future Research Leaders grant can be found: http://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=ES%2FN016351%2F1.

Research Fellow in EU Shale Gas Controversies

The University of Birmingham is hiring a 12-months post-doctoral researcher to work with me on a ESRC-funded research grant: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BLF457/research-fellow-in-eu-shale-gas-controversies/.

Application deadline is 9th August, with interviews likely to take place on 28th August. Please circulate widely to potential candidates and feel free to contact me with any questions via email k.kama@bham.ac.uk.

The prospect of shale gas development has generated remarkable scientific and political controversy across Europe, with countries taking opposite approaches by either embracing or banning the industry. Given the lack of reliable geological knowledge and prevailing uncertainties in exploring new subsurface resources, what is the potential of these controversies to transform science-policy relations and public engagement with extractive industries? The post-doc joins an ESRC-funded project ‘Geo-logics and Geo-politics: The Collective Governance of European Shale Gas Development’ to explore this question at the level of both the EU and national authorities (Poland and the UK). This research also engages with emerging conceptual debates on ‘political geology’ across the social sciences.

The post-doc will collect primary data through a variety of social science research methods, which requires travelling for overseas fieldwork. They must be able to present research outputs to different audiences through both oral and written mediums, and to contribute to the organisation of project’s events, as well as future research networks and collaborations.

Previous experience in qualitative research methods, including interviews, participant observation and field research. Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English, and ability to communicate complex ideas clearly. Experience in social network analysis and additional language skills in Polish or German are desired, but not essential.

The candidate should hold a PhD/DPhil degree (or have submitted at the time of interview) in Human Geography, Science and Technology Studies, Anthropology, Sociology or a related discipline. It is desirable to have previous experience in the analysis of techno-scientific controversies, particularly in the context of extractive industries and/or energy transformations.

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £29,799 to £38,832. With potential progression once in post to £41,212 a year.

Closing date:   9th August 2018               Reference: 59660

Applications must be submitted via the University of Birmingham website. A full job description is available here: http://www.download.bham.ac.uk/vacancies/jd/59660.pdf

Further information on the ESRC Future Research Leaders grant can be found: http://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=ES%2FN016351%2F1.

For further information please contact the project’s PI, Dr Kärg Kama, k.kama@bham.ac.uk


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