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Post Doctoral Research Associate(s) x 2 (Fixed Term)

Salary: £33,309-£40,927.

Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Associates (PDRAs) to work on the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant project (2017-24), ARCTIC CULT (Arctic Cultures: Sites of Collection in the Formation of the European and American Northlands), led by Professor Richard Powell.

The ARCTIC CULT project investigates the construction of the Arctic that emerged from the exploration of the region by Europeans and North Americans and their contacts with indigenous people from the middle of the sixteenth century. It examines that ways that texts, cartographic representations and objects were collected in the Arctic and returned to metropolitan sites. The project aspires to a new understanding of the consequences of colonial representations and decolonial processes for debates about the Circumpolar Arctic today.

The PDRAs will undertake international field and archival research, as well as developing collaborative publications. They will also be involved in developing materials for museum exhibitions, facilitating and attending academic workshops and conferences, and other outreach activities. The posts are for 1 year in the first instance, with the possibility of a 3 month extension.

The duties of the PDRA position will include travel and research at fieldsites, archives, libraries, museums and repositories across Europe and North America. Plans will be developed with the Professor Powell in support of the aims of the project. The details of the posts are included in the further particulars.

The candidate will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD (or similar qualification) at the forefront of their field. Relevant disciplinary backgrounds include but are not limited to: human geography, cultural anthropology, indigenous history, colonial history, museum studies, global history, history of science.

Candidates will have knowledge and/or experience of research into the cultures and peoples of the Circumpolar Arctic (or related issues), excellent communication skills, the ability to work independently and with colleagues in a team, and good data analysis and IT skills. Fluency in English is essential. For the post, knowledge and reading of relevant languages is desirable, including ability in one or more of the following: Inuktitut, Kalaallisut, German, Swedish, Norwegian and/or Danish.

The project team are based at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) and Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. The successful candidates will have office space in the SPRI.

Fixed-Term: The posts are for 12 months in the first instance, with the possibility of a 3-month extension. The funding supporting the post ends in September 2023.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be on 16 June 2022 in Cambridge. Ideally, the candidate would start on 1 July 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries about the post may be addressed to Prof. Richard Powell ( Any questions about the application process should be directed to Jenny Dunstall (

The closing date for applications is 5 June 2022.

Please quote reference LD31202 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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