Opportunities

This page lists current opportunities to work with us on the Political Settlements Research Programme. This includes details of employment opportunities, PhD studentships and scholarships, internships and summer study, and other ways to link with our work.

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We have one current vacancy as part of the Edinburgh-based PSRP Team

  • TRAIN@Ed Postdoctoral Opportunity: Edinburgh PeaceTech Initiative
‘Edinburgh Peacetech’ is a new initiative being developed at the University of Edinburgh in conjunction with other NGOs (notably Beyond Borders) and tech companies. It seeks to develop tools for connecting data and peacebuilding. The overarching vision is to build a collaborative PeaceTech hub based in Edinburgh, to harness the energies of interdisciplinary research, peacebuilding practitioners, and technology providers, which would produce a radical improvement in how peace processes are designed and managed to effectively end violent conflict.
The Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of peace negotiations and civil society deliberations and to innovate in provision of inclusive peacemaking tools. This Fellowship provides an opportunity to help us shape a research agenda and new form of academic – NGO – business collaboration, for how data collection, analysis and visualisation can support conflict interpretation and peace processes. The fellowship will investigate how data analytics, data visualization, distributed applications and platforms for engagement and participation can help us monitor and understand conflict and peace processes worldwide. This can include text mining and analysis, aggregating data from different sources, dealing with incomplete and uncertain data, developing faithful visual representations of geographic multivariate and potentially temporal data, in innovative and interactive forms.
The successful candidate will need to have strong programming skills, and experience in several of the following:
    • data visualisation
    • natural language programming
    • semantic web technologies
    • web development and design skills on a range of platforms, including good experience in D3.js and map visualization software (e.g. MapBox)
    • some understanding of development and peacebuilding issues would also be an advantage.
Interested candidates should contact Professor Christine Bell at Christine.bell@ed.ac.uk for an informal discussion before applying, as there may be capacity for support with some of the eligibility requirements, such as placements. Click here for further details via the TRAIN@Ed website, including eligibility criteria and how to apply.
Closing date 14 May 2019 at 5pm (GMT).

Work-based placements are available on the Programme through the dissertation module on the Global Justice Academy, University of Edinburgh, LLM in Human Rights.

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