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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Requisition ID:  4061

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
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We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £30,942.00 - £44,045.00 

Closing Date: 13 May 2020



The Role

We are seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will undertake behavioural/experimental and environmental valuation research to inform understanding of economic behaviour across the delta regions of Vietnam, Bangladesh and India related to the UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Hub. You will be educated to PhD level and have commensurate experience of behavioural/experimental and/or environmental valuation approaches to examining economic behaviour. The multi-method research will examine the perspectives of both delta-dwellers and city-dwellers. You, along with other Hub researchers, will take an active role in the development, administration and analysis of surveys and in-field experiments.


Based within Newcastle University Business School at Newcastle University, you will work closely with UK and international partner organisations in Vietnam, Bangladesh and India to undertake this research through the international, multi-institutional UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Research Hub. The role will involve:


Developing and undertaking research as part of the international, multi-institutional UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Research Hub (www.livingdeltas.org ).
Working under the direct supervision of Professor Sue Chilton, Professor Darren Duxbury and Dr Smriti Sharma at Newcastle University and in close collaboration with colleagues from across the Living Deltas Hub, which operates a model of equitable partnership with delta-dwellers and the research community.
Contributing to relevant high-quality research papers which can be published in international peer-reviewed journals, as well as helping manage and direct aspects of the project as opportunities allow.
The PDRA will require expert knowledge in behavioural/experimental and/or environmental valuation techniques. In the case of one area of expertise only, the PDRA must be able to demonstrate a willingness to develop skills in the other in order to undertake fieldwork across the delta regions of Vietnam, Bangladesh and India, as to be determined. 
The UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Hub

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund to address the global issues faced by developing countries. GCRF harnesses expertise of the UK’s world-leading researchers to promote the dignity and prosperity for some of the most disadvantaged and hardest to reach people on our planet. Their sheer scale and ambition are what makes them so exciting, with researchers working in partnership with governments, community groups and international agencies across 85 countries. Each Hub has the potential to transform the quality of life for significant numbers of people across the world and help safeguard our planet for future generations.
Focusing on the Red River and Mekong deltas in Vietnam and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta in Bangladesh and India, the Living Deltas Hub’s core aim is a significant contribution to better sustainable development outcomes for developing countries in the region, transforming policy and practice based on new approaches to understanding delta change. The Hub will address the significant social-ecological challenges currently confronting these delta systems in a transdisciplinary manner that responds to the interlinked agenda of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Hub is coordinated in Newcastle University and has over 20 partners across the delta regions and the rest of the world.

This is a 36 month fixed term postdoctoral position.

For informal enquires please contact Professor Sue Chilton (susan.chilton@ncl.ac.uk ), telephone +44 (0) 191 208 1641 or Professor Darren Duxbury (darren.duxbury@ncl.ac.uk), telephone +44 (0) 191 208 1517 or Dr Smriti Sharma (smriti.sharma@ncl.ac.uk), telephone +44 (0) 191 208 1506.


 Key Accountabilities

  • Design survey/experiment instruments, with a focus on economic behaviour and environmental valuation.
  • Plan and conduct a field research programme in Vietnam, Bangladesh and India (as to be determined) ensuring a detailed evaluation of economic behaviour at multiple sites, including liason with locals on the ground.
  • Survey/experiment programming using Qualtrics, z-Tree or similar survey and experimental language/software packages.
  • Behavioural laboratory management and support, both in field and in Newcastle.
  • Co-ordinate on data issues, including security, management, transcription and cleaning etc.
  • Undertake appropriate empirical analyses, including statistical and econometric methods
  • Co-ordinate your own work with that of other PDRAs employed on the Living Deltas Hub and facilitate the incorporation of your research into the wider Hub aims, with corresponding integrated research / policy outputs.
  • Maintain accurate, secure, detailed and up-to-date records for all work carried out under the Living Deltas Hub, including working with established work plans and Hub logframes.
  • Present information on research progress and outcomes at an annual Living Deltas Hub meeting and to groups overseeing the research project.
  • Write up results from your own research activity and provide input into the research project’s dissemination, in a variety of forms (reports, journal articles, chapters, book).
  • Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.
  • Carry out other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post, as requested by the project.

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge and experience of experimental economics and/or survey/environmental valuation research in economics and/or related disciplines. 
  • Excellent quantitative skills including proven ability to use up-to-date statistical and econometric techniques. 
  • Proficient in programming using Qualtrics, z-Tree or similar survey/experimental languages/software packages.  A demonstrable willingness to learn must be evident if no prior experience. 
  • Experience of micro-econometric analyses using large data sets. 


  • Experience in planning and undertaking data collection in developing country contexts. 
  • Experience of safeguarding policies in a development context.
  • Experience of speaking/reading/writing using any of the local languages in the delta regions. 


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to use initiative and creativity to analyse and interpret research data and draw conclusions on the outcomes. 
  • Ability to co-ordinate your own work with that of other Hub researchers, deal with problems which may affect the achievement of research objectives and contribute to the wider achievement of the Hub’s aims. 
  • Ability to communicate new and complex information effectively, both verbally and in writing. 
  • Ability to work flexibly according to the needs of the project. 
  • Willingness to travel overseas, including residential fieldwork. 


  • Work effectively in a team, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of others to help teamwork development.


  • PhD or equivalent professional qualifications in economics research or related cognate subject. 
  • A good first degree in a relevant subject.







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Requisition ID: 4061