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University of Birmingham: Research Fellow

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the ESRC/Open Research Area (ORA) project ‘Atmospheres of (counter)terrorism in European cities’.

Working with PI Dr Sara Fregonese and operating across political geography and urban geographies of experience, the post holder will join an international team studying the role of contemporary terror threat and counterterrorism measures in the ordinary felt experiences of urban populations. The project is led by UoB in collaboration with the Universities of Plymouth (ESRC-funded), Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (DFG-funded), and CY Cergy Paris Université and Institut Paris Region (ANR-funded).

The post-holder should have a PhD/DPhil in a relevant discipline (geography, urban and architectural studies, political sciences/IR) and an emerging publication record commensurate with career stage. They should have experience of methods relevant to the project (sensory ethnographies, interviews, archive research into urban histories) ideally relating to geographies of experience and/or to terrorism/counterterrorism. They should be willing to further develop their methodological skills with appropriate training/mentoring. They should have excellent oral and written communications skills, strong organisational skills, and exemplary interpersonal skills with the ability to work constructively and effectively both within an international research team and independently. Experience with ethnographic fieldwork around geographies of experience and/or terrorism/counterterrorism, and with collecting, organising and analysing research data, website management and research data management are essential. UK-based and/or comparative fieldwork experience, ability to communicate in French and/or German and experience of quantitative data analysis are desirable.

Main responsibilities

  • Generate UK-based research data through techniques including sensory and atmospheric methods, archive research, and interviews.
  • Analyse and interpret data, including comparatively
  • Contributing to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Manage project website
  • Co-organise and contribute to project events
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Disseminate research findings
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof
  • Manage the storing of research data, in line with data sharing and ethics guidelines

Person specification


  • First degree in relevant area of specialism (e.g. human geography, urban and architectural studies, political sciences/IR) and normally, a PhD relevant to the research area
  • Experience of at least one of the following, ideally related to geographies of experience and/or terrorism/counterterrorism: atmospheric methods, sensory ethnographies, interviews, urban history research, and willingness to develop skills in the remaining methodologies relevant to the project area.
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration
  • Ability to contribute to planning and organising the research project
  • Ability to co-ordinate own work with others avoiding conflict or duplication of effort

 We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community’

 Valuing excellence; sustaining investment

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,942 to £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792. Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th February 2021
Closes: 11th April 2021
Job Ref: 96842

Link to job description: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CEB389/research-fellow

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