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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded solutions to enduring geopolitical problems

Post-doctoral Research Associate on the geopolitics of the Baltic Sea Region

The Centre invites applications for a one-year, fixed-term post-doctoral Research Associate.

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting research on the geopolitics of the Baltic Sea Region, past and present, with a special reference to Britain's role in the region; for teaching an MPhil course on Britain and the geopolitics of the Baltic Sea Region (together with centre Director Brendan Simms); and assisting with the running of the Baltic Geopolitics Programme. More information about the programme can be found at

The post holder will also support the Centre's broader objectives through organising and curating events, publications and outreach initiatives. The postholder will report directly to the Director.

This is a demanding position working in a fast-paced environment requiring a pro-active approach to research as well as to the organisation of events and liaising with partners both within and without the University.

Candidates should have a PhD (awarded by October 2021) in a field relevant to the study of Britain's strategic relationship to the Baltic Sea Region, past and present, for example History, Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies, Geography or similar. Confirmation of the position will be subject to the award of the PhD. In addition to producing high-quality research, candidates should be experienced in providing support and taking the initiative in a university, think tank or similar environment.

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Research Assistants

The Centre offers 'Ax:son Johnson Research Assistantships in Applied History' on a rolling basis, for PhD candidates at the University of Cambridge. The positions are tenable for 9 months from appointment or to the award of the PhD, whichever is sooner. They are paid through the TES scheme at Grade 5 equivalent, normally 3-5 hours per week, £14 per hour. Depending on the nature of the work, agreed expenses may be payable.

The appointees will support, intellectually and organisationally, the work of the centre. Organisational responsibilities will include organising and overseeing events and initiatives, managing and liaising with various stakeholders including speakers, special guests, and invitees; advertising and social media; writing summaries for the website and budget reporting on events.

Applicants should send a CV, short letter of recommendation from their supervisor, and a one-page cover letter that addresses their interest in the field of Applied History and relevant experience in event planning or advertising to Karri Aston, Centre Coordinator on  

Applications are being accepted now for a start date in June 2021.