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Technical Laboratory Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Salary: £21,843-£25,298.

Applications are invited for the position of Technical Laboratory Research Assistant within the newly established Tephrochronology and Tree Ring laboratories, in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. The post-holder will share their time equally between the two research laboratories, led by Professor Christine Lane and Professor Ulf Buentgen respectively. Both labs are situated within the wider Climate and Environment Dynamics Research Group.

The Technical Laboratory Research Assistant will provide support to research teams (academic research staff, graduates and undergraduate students) in conducting laboratory-based cryptotephra investigations and tree-ring analyses and will be responsible for ensuring the smooth and safe day-to-day operation of the laboratories. The post-holder will occasionally be required to assist with laboratory teaching, fieldwork and sampling trips (UK and overseas).

The post-holder will be a key member of the two growing research teams and should be confident working both independently and alongside academic colleagues and student researchers. In aspects of the role related to laboratory organisation, the post-holder will work under the guidance of the Department's Laboratory and Field Equipment Services Manager.

The successful applicant requires at least an HNC/HND or equivalent in one or more of the relevant subjects (Geography, Earth Sciences, Archaeology, Biology), coupled with an interest in palaeoenvironmental and chronological research. It is expected that candidates will have some research-focussed laboratory experience of cryptotephra, dendrochronology or a closely related discipline. Training in discipline-specific laboratory techniques and data handling will be provided as necessary. Applicants should review the further particulars for information on all essential criteria.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years 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 quote reference LC11289 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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