[WebCultures] Technology and Democracy: 2 postdocs @ University of Cambridge

Michael Stevenson mpstevenson at gmail.com
Wed Sep 24 17:23:50 CEST 2014


CRASSH has vacancies for two full-time postdoctoral research associates to work on the project Technology and Democracy, within the Cambridge Centre for Digital Knowledge, based at CRASSH. Post One will be in the general area of the History of Technology and Communications; Post Two will be in the areas of Surveillance, Media and Politics.

This project is co-directed by Professor John Naughton, an engineer with a long-standing interest in the public understanding of technology, and Professor David Runciman, a political theorist with an interest in democracy and political change. It will explore the implications for democracies of the forces now bearing down on them. The first phase of the project involves: an assessment of the extent to which the confluence of contemporary forces is indeed unprecedented; whether it heralds a significant moment of transition for democratic societies; and, if so, what shape(s) that transition might take.

Each Research Associate will report to the project co-directors and be expected to work under their direction to develop (in the case of Post One) an historically-informed assessment of the democratic implications of digital technologies and (in the case of Post Two) an informed analysis of the political economy of a networked society. The RAs will be required to participate in the regular work-in-progress meetings of the project as well as attend termly workshops that will bring RAs from a number of projects together. These include other projects in the Centre for Digital Knowledge and the Leverhulme Conspiracy and Democracy Project. They will also be involved in designing the web output of the project and constructing and maintaining a repository of the data and publications generated in the course of the research.

The successful candidates will hold a PhD in a relevant field of research and an ability to work in collaborative environments. The Person Profile of each post is detailed in the Further Information.

Application Process To submit an application for this vacancy, please click on the link in the 'Apply online' section of the advert published on the University's Job Opportunities pages. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

In addition, please upload the following supporting documentation in the Upload section of the online application. Please note that if you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. * A Curriculum Vitae * A Research Proposal of no more than 2000 words which directly relates to either the History or the Surveillance strand of the project. Please clearly state to which strand you are applying. * A Sample of Writing of no more than 10,000 words each and should be the work that best indicates the candidate's suitability for this project. The writing sample can be published work or a chapter from the applicant's thesis. * The names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with applicant's work to be submitted online by 7 November 2014.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2017 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for applications is midday GMT on 31 October 2014. If you have any questions about this vacancy, contact Professor John Naughton onjjn1 at cam.ac.uk; or about the application process, please contactjobs at CRASSH.cam.ac.uk.

Interviews are planned for 27 November 2015 (TBC).

Please quote reference VM04346 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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