Academic Programme Manager


University of Cambridge, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk


Cambridge, United Kingdom


The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk is an interdisciplinary research centre within the University of Cambridge dedicated to the study and mitigation of risks that could lead to human extinction or civilisational collapse. CSER invites applications for an Academic Programme Manager.

The Academic Programme Manager will play a central role in developing and supporting CSER's research team, projects and activities. We seek an ambitious candidate with initiative and a broad intellectual range for a senior research associate level role combining academic and management responsibilities. They will work with CSER's Directors and research team to lead a subset of CSER's research projects and develop our overall profile, and to build and maintain our collaborative networks. This is a unique opportunity to play a guiding role in a world-class research centre as it enters an exciting period of growth.

Candidates will have a high level of education, with substantial experience at a postdoctoral level, or equivalent experience within a relevant setting (e.g. policy, industry, think tank or NGO).

The post-holder will be expected to:
*Plan and coordinate activities in CSER's research programmes.
*Contribute to strategic planning and leadership for CSER and manage the use of research resources and budgets, alongside CSER's project administrator and CRASSH.
*Organise and participate in meetings, workshops and conferences.
*Act as an ambassador for the Centre's research, both within Cambridge and externally, engaging with academics, the media, policy-makers, or other external audiences.
*Conduct independent and collaborative research within CSER's broad focus areas, to be published as papers in leading academic journals.
*Actively seek additional funding for the activities of the Centre, including identifying opportunities, and developing proposals.

The post-holder will be encouraged to set their own priorities within the role, as well as contributing to Centre strategy, and will work with a high degree of independence while supporting the activities and development of CSER's postdoctoral researchers.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years from the start date in the first instance.

If you would like to discuss the role, please email

Find out more and apply:

Contact Name

Haydn Belfield

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