Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Closing date: 29 May 2022

Deadline: 29 May 2022

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) invites applications for a part-time Research Assistant (0.6 FTE, equivalent to 22.2 hours per week) to support analysis of biological security policy, as well as emerging biological technologies and sectors in the bioeconomy. This appointment is fixed term for 9 months. CSER supports flexible working, including finding a working pattern for this post that fits around the successful candidates existing commitments.

The Role

The Research Assistant will support Dr Lalitha Sundaram and Tom Hobson. The research assistant's primary task will be a study of policy to mitigate biological risks, specifically a comparison of biosecurity strategy in the UK and the US. The research will focus on how policy makers and practitioners can work to maximise the positive impacts of the bioeconomy, while also negating harms and preventing potential catastrophic risks.

About You

Applicants should have:

  • Interest in a career analysing and supporting the responsible development of new technologies, so they are safe and secure.
  • An undergraduate or Master's degree, or equivalent experience, in a field relevant to the project, such as science and technology studies, international relations, international law, biological sciences, philosophy of science or political theory.
  • The ability to critically compare and critique policy documents, and to independently review and collect relevant additional documents.
  • Ability to work as part of a team from a range of backgrounds - from law to immunology - and in close collaboration with project leaders.
  • Ability to communicate clearly about strengths and weaknesses of an approach or idea and a proactive attitude towards seeking guidance.

How to Apply

If you have any questions about this vacancy you can contact Tom Hobson via; or about the application process, please contact our HR Team on

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) on Sunday 29 May 2022. Interviews will be conducted online and are planned for the week commencing 6 June (subject to change).

The funds for this post are available for 9 months in the first instance.

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