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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £28,982-£37,768.

Post-doctoral researcher in business and natural capital

This 12 month contract (in the first instance), hosted at the Department of Geography (working with Dr Bhaskar Vira), would suit an early career post-doctoral researcher with an academic background in a natural or social science or environmental economic field related to natural capital and ecosystem services. The candidate must have a strong interest in applied and multi-disciplinary research approaches. We are looking for an exceptional individual who will act as an intellectual bridge between the basic science of natural capital and ecosystem services and the dependencies on natural capital experienced by corporations in the agribusiness, apparel, retail and natural resource sectors. Engagement with businesses will work alongside the CISL Natural Capital Leaders Platform, led by Dr Gemma Cranston.

This post will engage with the business and academic communities around a set of 40 prioritised nexus based questions, which were determined through collaboration with these two groupings. These have been developed as part of the ESRC funded Nexus Network. The focus of this post is to develop the next steps in terms of operationalising a research programme that follows on the priority areas identified in this previous project, with a focus upon metric development.

Tasks/activities of the post holder may include:

i) Promote and stimulate dialogue between social and natural science academics in the University and industry as the end users of research, through relationship building.

ii) Create synergies for new and existing research across disciplines, as applicable for business, with particular reference to the nexus and natural capital.

iii) Work closely with University of Cambridge academics and others in the Cambridge network to develop and deliver user-focused research that is applicable to business.

iv) Synthesise relevant science and research, and translate it for a business audience to enable knowledge exchange

Specific tasks related to the Nexus and Natural Capital may include:

i) Development of a research programme that addresses some of the Nexus2020 questions.

ii) Discuss with businesses what their research needs are, especially in relation to metrics/indicators that can guide business response.

iii) Identify other initiatives in this field, determine what they are doing and the extent of their work, and understand their constraints and opportunities in relation to corporate engagement.

iv) Explore the benefits of bringing different groups (business, academia, NGOs) together to create a corporate focused solution to some of the nexus challenges.

v) Assist in building a natural capital metric for business.

Through these activities and dialogue, the researcher will have the freedom to shape new ideas and drive innovative thinking that will meet the material requirements of business.

Anticipated outputs of the post holders:

The chief outputs will be reports and publications relating to the case studies, roundtable events and conferences showcasing the results to a broader academic and business audience

Interview date: 28th June 2016

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.

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Please quote reference LC09164 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.

Post-doctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)

The atmospheric process group within the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge is looking for a Post-doctoral Research Associate to work on high-resolution (LES) simulations of atmospheric processes. A new multi-scale atmospheric modelling framework will be used in two applications: the simulation of extreme precipitation events in coastal areas and the study of atmospheric pollution in an urban context. The influence of climate change and limits of predictability will be assessed. In addition, existing physical parameterisations such as cloud microphysics, radiation, surface fluxes and turbulent mixing will be further developed within a new multi-scale atmospheric modelling framework.

The post is part of two projects: the European Consortium PEARL http://www.pearl-fp7.eu - Preparing for Extreme And Rare events in coastal regions - and the UK consortium MAGIC http://www.magic-air.uk - Managing Air for Green Inner Cities. The main goal of PEARL is to develop adaptive risk management measures and strategies for coastal communities against extreme hydro-meteorological events. MAGIC aims to develop a new modelling capability and decision support system to reduce air pollution and temperatures in cities.

In collaboration with Imperial College, London a new adaptive multi-scale multi-physical atmospheric modelling framework has been developed by combining existing physical modules from the Cambridge LES model ATHAM (Active Tracer High-resolution Atmospheric Model) with Imperial College's dynamical core FLUIDITY on an unstructured mesh that allows for grid adaptation. Simulations of past and hypothetical future test cases will be performed. For PEARL, limitations of predictability will be assessed and input will be provided to wave, ocean and hydrological models for the assessment of flooding and its impact in coastal environments. Within MAGIC, air pollution on building to neighbourhood scales will be assessed.

The post involves travel to international conferences and project meetings. There will be the possibility to co-advise doctoral students and potentially other teaching opportunities.

Applicants should have a doctorate in atmospheric physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in high-resolution modelling of atmospheric processes. Proficiency in computer programming (e.g. FORTRAN) and model development is expected. Experience with cloud aerosol microphysical and surface flux parameterisations or atmospheric chemistry is advantageous.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Dr Michael Herzog by email, mh526@cam.ac.uk.

Fixed term: The funds for this post are available for 30 months in the first instance.

Interview date: 11th July 2016

Further information on the associated MAGIC positions available can be found at:

http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/10127

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.

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Please quote reference LC09077 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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