Research Officer

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Department of Anthropology


Research Officer



Salary from £38,313 to £46,148 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £49,614 pa inclusive of London allowance


This is a fixed term appointment until 30 September 2023



The Department of Anthropology is recruiting a dynamic Research Officer to work on the ESRC-funded project ‘Fraying Ties? Networks, Territory and Transformation in the UK oil sector’. This position is for an early career academic with skills relevant to anthropological and other qualitative social science approaches to understanding change in practices, logics and values in the UK oil and gas sector. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Gisa Weszkalnys (Anthropology and Co-Investigator in ‘Fraying Ties’) to deliver one of the project’s four work streams. You will also work with Professor Gavin Bridge (Durham University), who directs the project, and join an interdisciplinary team (economic geography, political science, anthropology) that includes researchers at Platform (a third-sector organisation, based in London) and at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.


The post holder will be based in the Department of Anthropology at LSE and carry out research towards three case studies (on regulation/licensing regimes; on post-oil imaginaries in NE Scotland; and on refining and distribution) under the direction of Dr. Weszkalnys and Prof. Bridge. In this role, you will be expected to conduct participant observation, including at industry conferences and events; to organise and implement interviews; and to gather, analyse and write up the resulting data. You will also contribute towards project management, including the preparation of outputs, liaison with stakeholders, and information dissemination in support of the project’s scientific and impact goals. Travel will be primarily in the UK but may include short visits to Europe and the United States for the presentation of research findings.


Candidates should have:

·       A PhD in anthropology, human geography, or a cognate discipline in hand or with thesis submitted for examination.

·       Experience in using qualitative social science and ethnographic data gathering techniques, including organising and conducting research interviews and carrying out ethnographic field research using participant observation.

·       Experience in conducting high-quality primary research on one or more topic(s) relevant to the Fraying Ties project (e.g., regulation/licensing; post-oil imaginaries; refining and distribution).

·       Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

·       The ability to work both independently to strict deadlines and cooperatively as part of a team .

·       The ability to self-learn and keep pace of developments in a complex, dynamic, large-scale and fast-moving project.


We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.


For further information about the post, please see the how to apply documentjob description and the person specification.

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The closing date for receipt of applications is 19 October 2022 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

Research Officer