Postdoctoral Fellow

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 29 Apr 2019

  • School of People, Environment and Planning
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Palmerston North

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School of People, Environment and Planning
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Term length: fixed-term

Hours of work: full-time

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Position Overview

Massey University’s School of People, Environment and Planning is a rich mix of applied and fundamental social science disciplines. Challenging questions are at the heart of our Programmes: How should we live together? How do we shape the natural, and social environments that we live in? How do these environments shape us? How can we do better?     

Applications are invited from driven researchers to commence a three-year position of applied research with a focus on understanding and adapting to changing seasons on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula. The selected post-doctoral fellow will advance knowledge and understanding about how seasonal representations shape and are shaped by institutions, and will critically appraise the quality of these representations for contributing to successful adaptation to seasonal change. This position is part of a new research programme entitled CALENDARS.

Led by Dr Bremer, coordinator and project leader of the CALENDARS project at the University of Bergen, Norway, you will work with researchers and doctoral candidates on a project that investigates the way climate change affects the seasonal representations used for understanding and living according to seasonal rhythms. The CALENDARS project is a collaboration between the University of Bergen in Norway and Massey University. The research team will closely study, and compare, institutions in Bergen City, and the townships of Whitianga, Thames, Manaia, and Kennedy Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula. Researchers will embed themselves in key institutions, working with the people ‘on the ground’ in order to reflect on the ways they think about seasons, and co-create seasonal ideas for the future.

To be considered for appointment you will have;

  • A doctoral degree relevant to climate change adaptation and governance in New Zealand
  • A scientific background relevant to climate change and/or natural hazards
  • A recognised track record of academic publications in climate change adaptation and governance
  • Demonstrated relevant professional experience and knowledge about seasonal representations, climate change adaptation and community narratives on the Coromandel Peninsula
  • Proven ability to work independently at a distance
  • Experience in the application of social science methods, including ethnographic principles and practices
  • Have a well-established connection with the Coromandel Peninsula with a strong familiarity of the institutional landscape

The Post-Doctoral Fellowship is open to New Zealand candidates. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by video-conference with the successful appointee commencing at the beginning of July 2019.

Applications are to be submitted via the online application process and are required to contain a written a statement (1,000 words max.) outlining your interest and envisaged contribution to the Post-Doctoral Fellowship, a detailed CV, and contact information for at least two academic referees.

To learn more about the CALENDARS project, visit https://www.uib.no/en/calendars-project


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