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Current vacancies in the Department

Professorship of Human Geography

The Board of Electors to the Professorship of Human Geography invite applications for this Professorship from persons whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship, to take up appointment as soon as possible.

Preference will be given to candidates who have shaped thinking through a sustained track record of publication and impact in one or more of these areas: the history of ideas in geography; questions of space, scale and territory; contemporary political economies; socio-natures and their ecologies; geographies of race, gender and social difference; corporeal and sensory geographies; and the intersections of knowledge, expertise and governance.

Candidates will have an outstanding research record of international stature in human geography and the vision, leadership, experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in maintaining and developing a leading research presence. They will hold a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification.

Standard professorial duties include teaching and research, examining, supervision and administration. The Professor will be based in Cambridge. A competitive salary will be offered.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button on the University's jobs site page. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Further information is available at: www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/academic/secretary/professorships/ or contact the Human Resources Division, University Offices, The Old Schools, Cambridge, CB2 1TT, (email: ibise@admin.cam.ac.uk).

Applications, consisting of a letter of application, a statement of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae and a publications list, along with details of three referees should be made online no later than 5 October 2016.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Ash Amin, Convenor of the Board of Electors (telephone +44 ((0)1223) 768418 or email ash.amin@geog.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference LC09946 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £28,982-£37,768.

"Nature and impacts of Middle Pleistocene volcanism in the Ethiopian Rift"

A postdoctoral researcher is sought to collaborate on this Leverhulme Trust-funded project. The post should start around October 2016 and will be for a fixed term of 3 years. The researcher will be based at the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge. Applicants should have a PhD in Volcanology, Quaternary Science or closely-related research domain.

The project aims to bridge volcanological and archaeological studies in East Africa through studies of selected large calderas in the Ethiopian Rift Valley and their associated pyroclastic deposits. It will involve a combination of reconnaissance-scale fieldwork to characterise and sample key tephra layers, followed up by laboratory petrological, geochemical and geochronological analysis. Key objectives include the development of a regional tephra database and quantification of the timing and nature of key eruptions. The postdoc will also collaborate with project partner Professor Jed Kaplan who will model the ecosystem impacts of these events.

The postdoc will take the lead in organising two field missions to Ethiopia during the course of the project, in coordination with project partner Professor Gezahegn Yirgu. Field observations will underpin much of the research to be undertaken, so candidates should have plenty of fieldwork experience, ideally with silicic pyroclastic rocks.

Applications should include the candidate's CV along with a concise cover letter that (i) explains the candidate's motivation for research in this area and (ii) outlines the candidate's previous experience and skills that are relevant to the project. Professor Oppenheimer (co200@cam.ac.uk) can be contacted for further information on the project aims and design.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months.

Interviews for this position will take place in early September.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button on the University's jobs site page. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference LC09706 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

University Lecturer

Salary: £38,896-£49,230.

The Department of Geography wishes to appoint a suitably qualified scholar to a University Lectureship in Human Geography from 1 January 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.

This appointment is one of three replacement appointments in human geography being filled in 2016 (with a Lectureship in the Human Geography of Polar Regions and a Chair in Human Geography).

The appointment is open to any individual who works on the geography of knowledge, expertise and governance and related policy issues in the fields of science, technology, risk, or environmental change. The Lecturer will contribute to research across human geography, but it is envisaged that their work will involve especially the Department's Natures, Cultures, Knowledges thematic research group. A specific regional interest and a particular policy focus would be welcomed.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Geography or a cognate subject, will show evidence of high quality research publications and have a proven record of winning research grants. They will have strong teaching experience and will be expected to teach and examine on the undergraduate Geography Tripos (including, where appropriate, teaching field courses and qualitative or quantitative methods), and to contribute to graduate research training. They will contribute, as appropriate, to the academic administration of the Department and the University.

For more information about this post, click on the 'Further information' link below.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button on the University's jobs site page. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please provide a curriculum vitae (with information on research interests, publications, research funding obtained, and relevant teaching and other experience) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. In the covering letter, applicants are encouraged to explain how they see their research and teaching interests contributing to the Department's existing activities. Full contact details of three referees are required. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to take place across two days on Wednesday 30 November and Thursday 1 December 2016.

Please quote reference LC08672 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


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