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Current vacancies in the Department

Research Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Salary: £24,775-£27,864 pro rata.

We are looking for a Research Assistant to work on a short term project which seeks to contribute to understanding of the use of electric fences in the management of human-elephant conflict. The work is funded by the University of Cambridge Moran Fund, and the post holder will work with Professor Bill Adams (Department of Geography). The role will involve writing up a series of papers aimed at the conservation research and policy communities on the way electric fences work in Laikipia, Kenya.

The position will start in September 2014 and is most suitable for an individual who has a Master's level qualification with at least three years of post-qualification work experience.

The project builds on 10 years of work in Laikipia, Kenya, on human-elephant conflict, including two PhD projects and a series of grants and fellowships from the UK DEFRA Darwin Initiative. This work is in collaboration with the charity Space for Giants. The aim of the project is i) to draft and submit journal papers on the management of human-animal conflict using wildlife fences in Kenya to journals appropriate for the conservation policy, and political ecology research communities; (ii) to communicate with the project partner, Space for Giants, in relation to their expectations from this project; and (iii) to develop, maintain and manage external communications about the project.

We are seeking an individual with a strong interest in human-animal conflict and its management, and experience of field research in Kenya. Excellent writing skills are essential, as is experience in social sciences and animal behaviour research. Applicants must hold at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) from a highly rated institution and a post-graduate qualification; while a PhD is not essential, those who have not completed a PhD should be able to demonstrate relevant post qualification work experience in related areas.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Professor Bill Adams by email, wa12@cam.ac.uk.

Interviews for this position will take place on 11 September 2014.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 7 months in the first instance.

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 LC04093 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Senior Cartographic Technician (Part Time)

Salary: £21,391-£24,775 pro rata.

The Cartographic service produces original, high quality maps and diagrams to support teaching and research in the Department. The role holder is part of a team of three (2 x Technicians and 1 x Technical Officer) providing cartographic, reprographic and illustrative services in the Department of Geography. The role provides technical and cartographic services in support of the Technical Officer to design and produce original maps and diagrams and to amend and improve existing maps and diagrams for publication, teaching and research; provide advice and support to academic staff on how to use both drawing and GIS software for self-generated maps and diagrams and will provide advice and support associated with the staff and student use of the departmental map library. The role is part-time (22 hpw) and is available with immediate effect.

We are looking for a team player with excellent communications skills coupled with effective and successful time-management skills and the ability to prioritise own workload. The candidate must have a demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the elements of cartographic design and be able to reproduce maps covering diverse themes, starting with a blank canvas. Proven experience in the use of vector graphics drawing packages such as Illustrator is essential. Knowledge of the manipulation of GIS datasets to produce maps and diagrams and raster image editing in Photoshop would be an advantage.

The successful candidate should have technical or vocational training in cartographic design and production or equivalent work experience and A levels or equivalent in relevant subjects.

For more detailed information please see the Further Particulars link at the bottom of this page.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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.

If you have any queries about this position please email recruitment@geog.cam.ac.uk.

On all correspondence relating to this vacancy, please quote vacancy reference: LC03179

Closing date for receipt of applications: Noon, 22nd August 2014.

Interview date: AM, 5th September 2014.

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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