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Current vacancies in the Department

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £29,301-£38,183.

"Addressing the plant growth C source-sink debate through observations, experiments, and modelling"

A postdoctoral researcher is sought to collaborate on this joint NERC/NSF-funded project. Applicants should have a PhD in Mathematics, Environmental Science, Plant Ecology, Plant Physiology, or related field.

This project is a collaboration between the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard. It aims to increase understanding of the causes, locations, and future behaviour of the terrestrial carbon sink. Models suggest that this sink is caused by increased plant growth as a result of atmospheric CO2-driven increased photosynthesis. However, there is good evidence to suggest that these models are incorrect, or at least incomplete, and that growth processes themselves dominate the response. This project will examine this idea and test new hypotheses using field data and models.

You will be based in Dr Friend's ecological modelling group in Cambridge, UK, but will also work closely with the Richardson Lab at Harvard and WSL in Switzerland. Your role will be to use understanding gained from field studies (including highly innovative tree cooling experiments) on tree growth at Harvard Forest, undertaken as part of this project, to develop a detailed process- and individual-based model of tree growth, use this model to address the extent to which tree growth is controlled by the supply of carbon from photosynthesis and/or storage, and incorporate it into a global model of terrestrial vegetation and soil dynamics. This new model formulation will be used to improve understanding of the causes and locations of the historical land carbon sink, and predict its future behaviour under various scenarios. Reducing uncertainty in terrestrial carbon fluxes is currently one of the most important objectives in global environmental science. Applicants should review the further particulars for information on all essential criteria.

Dr Friend can be contacted for further information on the project aims and design (andrew.friend@geog.cam.ac.uk).

Fixed-term: This post is limited in tenure to 36 months.

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place on 5th May 2017.

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.

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.

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Please quote reference LC11602 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: £29,301-£38,183.

The atmospheric process group within the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge is looking for a Post-doctoral Research Associate to contribute to a programme of original research into the dynamics and parametrisation of moist convection in the atmosphere.

The post is part of ParaCon (Parameterization of Convection), a five-year programme jointly funded between NERC and the Met Office with the aim of significantly improving the representation of convection across model scales from 1-100km. Besides the Met Office, ParaCon includes contributions of the Universities of Cambridge, Exeter, Leeds, and Reading. The aim of the Cambridge project is to use Large Eddy Simulations (LES) to characterize and quantify key elements of convection. The work will be performed within the framework of a new parameterization, the Convective Cloud Field Model (CCFM) coupled to the UK Met Office Unified Model (UM). The focus of the post will be to perform and analyse high-resolution (LES) simulations of convective clouds starting from simulations of idealised individual convective cloud elements moving towards simulations of fully interactive convective cloud fields. The goal is to improve entrainment and other processes within the entraining parcel model used in CCFM and to determine the predictability of the convective cloud spectra. Outcomes from this work will not only lead to a better CCFM but more crucially, will inform any new or existing convection parameterization for the UM.

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 science or a related field and ideally a strong background in cloud physics, boundary layer processes and high-resolution modelling. Proficiency in computer programming (e.g. FORTRAN) is expected.

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

Closing date: 12th April 2017.

Interview date: w/c 8th May 2017.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 April 2019 in the first instance. Further funding is being sought for a 7 months extension.

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.

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Please quote reference LC11626 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: £29,301-£38,183.

A postdoctoral researcher with expertise in tephrochronology is sought to collaborate on this NERC-funded multi-institutional research grant. DeepCHALLA-UK is part of the wider "DeepCHALLA" project of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Programme (http://www.icdp-online.org). The project aims to reconstruct East African climate change and environmental history over the past 250,000 years, from a ~214 m lake sediment core retrieved from Lake Challa, lying on the Kenyan-Tanzanian border.

The researcher will be based in the new Cambridge Tephra Laboratory, in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, and supervised by Professor Christine Lane. The postholder will carry out tephrochronological research on the Lake Challa sediment sequence, contributing to the construction of a multi-method chronology. This will involve the study of visible tephra layers, the detection of cryptotephras, geochemical analysis of tephra glass shards and data interpretation.

The role will involve liaising with other postdocs and investigators working on complementary proxy datasets and contributing to the dissemination of research findings in project meetings, publications and conference presentations.

The candidate will possess an excellent academic track record along with a degree in a relevant area as well as having completed a PhD in Quaternary Science, Volcanology, Palaeoclimatology or a closely-related research domain. They must be self-motivated, have excellent organisational and communication skills as well as extensive relevant laboratory research experience. Applicants should review the further particulars for information on all essential criteria.

The post should start around, or just after, 1st June 2017, in time to participate in a two-week core sampling party at the University of Ghent. The position is 37 hours per week (100%) - but applications for those wishing to work less than full-time (minimum of 75% upwards) will be considered.

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place w/c 1st May 2017.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months 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.

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Please quote reference LC11720 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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