Applications are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral Research Fellow who will explore ethnographically a research project that reflects on the Energy Ethics project’s theme of oil, money and climate change. Applicants are asked to contribute their own provisional research ideas and will be expected to carry out extended fieldwork.

Closing date for applications: 19 October 2018.

The postdoctoral position is part of a European Research Council-founded project entitled “The Ethics of Oil: Finance Moralities and Environmental Politics in the Global Oil Economy (ENERGYETHICS)”, led by Dr Mette M. High in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrew (2017-2022).

The position will commence on 1 February 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. It will be based in the Department of Social Anthropology and provide substantial scope for academic judgement, originality, interpretation, presentation and publication of results.

The successful candidate will have a strong interest in fields such as finance and economic life, risk and value, morality and ethics, energy and climate change. Applicants are asked to contribute their own provisional research ideas in the form of a proposal as part of their application. Projects will have ethnographic fieldwork at their core, but may also draw on other methodologies, including archival and visual media work.


The successful candidate must hold, or will be about to be awarded, a PhD in anthropology or a closely related discipline. You must be able to engage critically and creatively with relevant theoretical and conceptual frameworks within anthropology. You should have strong communication and organisational skills with a passionate interest and expertise in carrying out ethnographic research. You should be willing to work in a team and contribute to public events, publications and limited teaching alongside your research project.


Please apply online at However, if you are unable to do this, please call +44 (0) 1334 462571 for an application pack. Please quote ref.: AR2144SB.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Principal Investigator Dr Mette M. High at [email protected] for further information about the project in advance of submitting applications.