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Current vacancies in the Department

Assistant Departmental Administrator

Salary: £30,395-£39,609.

The Department of Geography wishes to appoint an Assistant Departmental Administrator from 1 August 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The role-holder will work flexibly and employing a significant degree of initiative to provide high-level administrative support to the Department, and in particular to the Head of Department and Department Administrator, through a mixture of on-going responsibilities and project work. They will support the Head of Department directly in the development and delivery of operational and strategic priorities, interpreting and explaining guidance, gathering and analysing management information, developing local policies and procedures, and leading projects. They will support the Department's strategic priorities in learning, teaching and student recruitment through effective leadership of the learning and teaching support team.

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

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please provide a curriculum vitae and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. In the covering letter, you are encouraged to explain how your knowledge, skills and experience match those required for the role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Full contact details of two referees are required, at least one of whom we may contact if you are shortlisted for interview.

Interviews for shortlisted applicants are expected to take place in Cambridge on 12 July 2019.

Please quote reference LC19153 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Library and Information Manager

Salary: £28,660-£34,189.

The University wishes to appoint an enthusiastic individual to fill the role of Library and Information Manager in the Department of Geography from 1 October 2019.

Supported by the Library and Information Assistant, the role-holder will manage the main departmental library in Geography, taking responsibility for reader services and collection development, and providing information literacy training and resources, to ensure that all members of the Department and its visitors are able to access the information resources and collections needed for their learning and research.

They will be the Department's information management specialist, supporting information management and systems for learning and teaching and for research reporting, and performing the role of Data Protection Officer, to ensure that the Department is able to meet its obligations for the storage, management and reporting of key management information in compliance with data protection and other requirements.

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

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

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

In your application you are strongly advised to identify explicitly how your skills and experience match the requirements of the role. Full contact details of two referees are required, at least one of whom we may contact if you are shortlisted for interview.

Interviews for shortlisted applicants are expected to take place in Cambridge on 22 July 2019.

Please quote reference LC19414 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

MPhil Co-ordinator (Fixed-term)

Salary: £26,243-£30,395.

The Department of Geography wishes to appoint an MPhil Co-ordinator from 1 September 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter, to support the delivery of two new, linked MPhil courses, in Anthropocene Studies and Holocene Climates, which are scheduled to admit their first cohorts of students in October 2020.

The role-holder will provide comprehensive administrative support for the two MPhil (Masters) courses, including the drafting and maintenance of course and recruitment materials, co-ordination of the teaching and assessment programme, and the provision of advice and guidance to staff, students and potential students. In consultation with the Graduate Administrator, they will manage the annual admissions procedure and maintain student records, using relevant University information systems and liaising with other University departments, central offices and colleges as appropriate. They will work closely with the two academic Course Directors, the Deputy Director, the Senior Examiners and the Graduate Administrator to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the courses and a positive experience for the students.

The role-holder will be part of a teaching administration team, working collaboratively in support of teaching and assessment across the Department, and may occasionally be called upon to assist in other areas of the Department's course provision, as time allows.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

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

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

In your application, you are strongly encouraged to indicate explicitly how your skills and experience match the requirements of the role. Full contact details of two referees are required, at least one of whom we may contact if you are shortlisted for interview.

Interviews for shortlisted applicants are expected to take place in Cambridge on 11 July 2019.

Please quote reference LC19205 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Post-doctoral Research Associate in ANTARCTIC GEOPHYSICS (Fixed Term)

Salary: £32,236-£39,609.

International Antarctic research programme seeks motivated team member with experience in radio-echo sounding of glaciers

In this post, you will join the joint NERC and NSF funded grant TIME: Thwaites Interdisciplinary Margin Evolution, which is one of eight major science projects in the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC). The post-holder will be responsible for setting up and running a geophysical survey with autonomous phase-sensitive radio-echo sounding (ApRES) systems installed along the eastern shear margin of Thwaites Glacier. The successful applicant will join the Scott Polar Research Institute, founded in 1920 and recognized as a centre of excellence for studies in the Antarctic as well as the Arctic. The Institute is part of the University of Cambridge.

Project TIME

Project TIME is a major international partnership grant awarded to Poul Christoffersen (UK Lead PI, Cambridge), Slawek Tulaczyk (US Lead PI, University of California, Santa Cruz) and Co-PI's at Stanford University, University of Texas, University of Oklahoma, University of Leeds and MIT. The project is using state-of-the-art geophysical techniques to observe ice flow and properties in the shear margins that define the boundaries of Thwaites Glacier drainage basin. The Project will investigate the eastern shear margin, which the researchers hypothesise could migrate and thereby exert powerful control on the future evolution of ice flow.

TIME will closely examine two sites on the Thwaites Glacier, using networks of GPS, broad-band seismometers, multiple ApRES and a 3D seismic survey. One site will test if hydrology influences the behaviour and movement of the shear margin. The other will examine if the bed conditions influence the behaviour of these rapidly deforming regions.

If the Thwaites Glacier Eastern Shear Margin migrates outwards it could join the Pine Island Glacier, connecting the two glaciers which are already making large contributions to sea-level rise. The observations from TIME will be fed into computer models to improve predictions of future sea level contribution from the region.

Role of vacant post in TIME

You will work with Dr Christoffersen and be responsible for setting up and running surveys with ApRES. You will also be a member of the TIME Antarctic field group working on Thwaites Glacier in deep-field deployments in the austral summers of 2019/20 and 2020/21. Working alongside other scientists in a team, you will deploy four ApRES systems, set up with up to 16 antennas in "multiple input, multiple output" (MIMO), allowing interferometric data processing in 2D, and possibly 3D. You will be responsible for analysing and interpreting ApRES data, working with Dr Dustin Schroeder and members of his radio-glaciology group at Stanford University. The employment may include visits at collaborating TIME institutions in the UK and USA.

As a member of TIME you will be working independently and also efficiently in a team tackling inter-disciplinary goals through analyses of wide-ranging scientific data. You will be motivated and willing to push the state-of-the-science in your field. The employment will include career opportunities facilitated by the wider ITGC, including initiatives by the programme's Scientific Coordination Office, which run designated retreats for early career scientists. You will participate in TIME project meetings, annual ITGC meetings, and you will present your research at international conferences.

Further information

Informal inquiries should be directed to Dr Poul Christoffersen by email, pc350@cam.ac.uk.

Fixed term: In the first instance, the funding supporting the post ends 24 months from appointment date.

Interviews are expected to take place w/e 30th June 2019

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

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Please quote reference LC19174 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

University Lecturer in Geography

Salary: £40,792-£51,630.

The Department of Geography wishes to appoint a University Lecturer with interests in interdisciplinary teaching and research relating to the geographies of environmental risk. The post is available from 1 January 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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 play a central role in launching and delivering two new Masters programmes, on Anthropocene Studies and Holocene Climates, from October 2020, including co-ordinating a new graduate course on inter-disciplinary theories and concepts. They will contribute, as appropriate, to the academic administration of the Department and the University.

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

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please provide a curriculum vitae and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. In the covering letter, applicants are encouraged to explain how their interests and experience match the requirements of the role. We require full contact details of three referees, at least two of whom we may contact if you are shortlisted for interview. 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 applicants are expected to take place in Cambridge on 10 July 2019.

Please quote reference LC18978 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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


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