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Research Fellow in Anthropology

Geography & Environment

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £29,799 to £32,548
Full Time Fixed Term (2 Years)
Closing Date:  Thursday 03 May 2018
Interview Date:   Thursday 17 May 2018
Reference:  995518WR

Research Fellow in Anthropology (Environment, Development, Food and Agriculture, Natural Resource Use, Sustainability

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Research Councils UK Collective Fund is ‘one of the most ambitious international research programmes created; with £225 Million being invested across 37 interdisciplinary projects’ to address a range of world problems.  The University of Southampton’s project: ‘Building REsearch Capacity for sustainable water and food security In drylands of sub-saharan Africa (BRECcIA) is proud to be part of this innovative research cohort. BRECcIA comprises 6 Universities located in 4 countries, and partnerships with 8 international organisations.

We have an exciting opportunity for experienced researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to join our team and to play a pivotal role in this ground-breaking project

The University of Southampton seeks an anthropologist or human geographer in the areas of environment, development, food and agriculture, natural resource use and sustainability for two years (renewable for up to one further year subject to the demands of the research project). You will be part of the BRECcIA project team (partners based inMalawi, Kenya, Ghana and the UK) with post-docs from different disciplinary backgrounds. 

You will have or will be close to completing, a PhD* (or have equivalent professional qualifications and experience) in anthropology. You will have both quantitative and qualitative skills (ethnographic fieldwork, interview techniques, sampling, surveys and questionnaires) to design and carry out field-based projects, to work closely with Southampton scientists and social scientists, to write research reports, and to liaise with African researchers and PhD students in areas ranging from Public Health to Hydrology. You will have field experience in rural areas, preferably in topics related to those outlined above. Previous experience in sub-Saharan Africa and knowledge of Swahili would be advantageous. You will be expected to travel internationally for the project.

* Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

You will have opportunities to develop knowledge and professional skills set in: Trans-, multi- and interdisciplinary research projects; collaborative and partnership working; policy-influence; and international development issues.

BRECcIA are also recruiting researchers in the following areas:

  1. Earth Observation - 995218WR
  2. Hydrology and Water Resources - 995418WR
  3. Professional Development and Capacity Building - 995618WR

All of the positions will provide the opportunity to develop knowledge and professional skills set in: Trans-, multi- and interdisciplinary research projects; collaborative and partnership working; policy-influence; and international development issues.

The University of Southampton is a world-renowned Russell Group University with a global reputation for academic excellence, we offer a stimulating, challenging and dynamic working environment for all our staff.  You will work in Geography and Environment, a leading international centre for geographical research. More broadly, the academic unit is a leading centre for application of Earth observation and GIS tools to a range of environmental and human problems.  

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Laura Lewis ( 

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 995518WR on all correspondence.

Please note: The University will be closed from close of business on Thursday 29thMarch 2018 to Thursday 5th April 2018, so we will not be able to assist you with any application queries during this time.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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