This full-time post is available from 1 September 2017 on a fixed-term basis until 30 June 2021. The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. The College wishes to recruit a social science Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the work of Professor Henry Buller and Professor Steve Hinchliffe. This ESRC led, Research Council funded post is based at the Department of Geography, Amory Building, Exeter. The successful applicant will contribute to a four-year collaborative research project investigating practice, science and innovation in the use of diagnostic methods in livestock farming as a means of achieving more sustainable use of antibiotics. Reporting to Professor Henry Buller, the post holder will be responsible for: carrying out the programme of qualitative (including interviews and surveys) and ethnographic social science research into the current use of diagnostic tools and practices on farms and within veterinary practices and their relationship to antibiotic prescription and use within different livestock systems; working with the project team in the charting, experimental testing and assessment of the development and use of new diagnostic tools and practices; reviewing policy developments in the practice and governance of antibiotic use in livestock systems. The post holder will undertake policy analysis, in-depth interviews with farmers, veterinarians and other actors, ethnographic research and stakeholder engagement in the UK, will contribute to qualitative and quantitative data analysis, research publications and dissemination and will contribute to and take part in the wider programme of work of the collaborative team. Applicants will possess a relevant PhD in Geography, Anthropology, Sociology or other cognate disciplines and be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods and a strong understanding of science and technology studies (STS), animal studies and critical social science. The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies. Applicants must have the ability to engage across the different ethical perspectives in animal farming and deal with sensitive information, as well as be able to demonstrate independent working. Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to www.exeter.ac.uk/jobs Please quote reference number P57221 in any correspondence. For further information please contact Professor Henry Buller, e-mail H.Buller@exeter.ac.uk or telephone (01392 263846). Interviews are expected to take place late July/early August 2017. We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements. The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.