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Vacancies within the Department are posted here.

Current vacancies in the Department

Assistant Departmental Administrator (Projects)[Temporary Cover] (Maternity Cover)

Salary: £29,799-£38,833.

The Department of Geography wishes to appoint a suitably qualified individual to provide maternity cover for the role of Assistant Departmental Administrator (Projects) from late October 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter. The post is available for one year or until the return of the current post-holder, whichever is sooner.

This post would be suitable as an internal secondment opportunity. If you wish to pursue this opportunity as a secondment, please discuss this with your line manager before applying.

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.

The successful candidate will have proven research, analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to engage with strategy. They will be able to think independently and take initiative; to work flexibly and effectively to manage parallel work streams and competing deadlines. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential, and they will need to be able to write well in a variety of formats; to summarise, synthesise and present information effectively; to develop ideas and to form and make convincing arguments, face-to-face and in writing.

For more information on the role and the knowledge, skills and experience required, please follow the Further Information link.

Maternity cover: This post is fixed-term for 12 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

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 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 this role. Full contact details of two referees are required. 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 LC13101 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.

ERC Project Coordinator (Fixed Term)

Salary: £28,098-£33,518.

Applications are invited for the position of ERC Project Coordinator in the University of Cambridge.

This new role is to coordinate the ERC Consolidator Grant Project Arctic Cultures: Sites of Collection in the Formation of the European and American Northlands led by Dr. Richard Powell and is based in the Department of Geography and the Scott Polar Research Institute. This is a varied and interesting post to provide administrative and research support to a team of 6 researchers.

The project investigates the construction of the Arctic that emerged from the exploration of the region by Europeans and North Americans and their contacts with indigenous people from the middle of the sixteenth century. In addition to academic outputs, the project will create a website, an exhibition, a major international conference, a series of workshops, seminars and public events.

Reporting to the PI, the project coordinator will provide overall coordination and oversight of the ERC project, and act as the interface between the PI, Post Doctoral Researchers, accounts office and relevant EC project and finance officers. The project coordinator will be based in Cambridge.

Candidates must have education to first degree level, and a Master's degree (or equivalent experience) is desirable. Excellent oral and written communication skills and a positive approach to problem solving are important. Applicants should have experience in managing complex projects and in working in a team. They will have proven ability to meet tight individual and group deadlines and to manage their own workload. Experience working within HE or similar research environment is desirable.

This is a part-time post of 15 hours per week, and the working pattern of the successful candidate will be discussed and agreed with the PI.

Informal enquiries about the post and ERC project may be addressed to Dr. Richard Powell (rcp31@cam.ac.uk), and questions about the application process to Nadine Keating (ndk20@cam.ac.uk).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2022 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 LC13388 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: £30,688-£38,833.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate in "Energy innovation for low-cost housing in India and South Africa", funded by a British Academy GCRF Cities and Infrastructure Grant, led by Dr Charlotte Lemanski (Geography).

The project aims to explores how low-income communities, private energy entrepreneurs, and government (at various scales) work in contestation and collaboration to devise and deliver affordable domestic energy that meets the long-term needs and aspirations of low-income households in two rapidly urbanising cities, Bengaluru (India) and Cape Town (South Africa). The primary focus is on the role of the three key stakeholders, investigating how government and industry plan and implement energy innovation in government subsidised housing, and the role of low-income households' needs and aspirations in this process.

We are seeking to recruit a postdoctoral research associate who will primarily:

~ design and execute the qualitative fieldwork (semi-structured interviews and focus groups) in India and South Africa

~ analyse these data to produce high-quality publications (academic and policy briefs)

~ run collaborative workshops with diverse energy stakeholders in each case study city

~ communicate effectively with project partners from a range of disciplines in Cambridge, India and South Africa.

Eligible candidates must have a PhD in Social Sciences, Architecture, Engineering or relevant discipline.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter with excellent time management, communication and interpersonal skills, with experience in undertaking independent primary fieldwork in global South urban contexts. The candidate must be able to demonstrate a track record of excellence in carrying out fieldwork and translating the resulting qualitative data into high quality publications/reports and verbal presentations. Although the primary research will be qualitative, an ability to analyse secondary quantitative data is desirable. Prior experience in India and/or South Africa is also highly desirable.

The project is inter-disciplinary. Although based in the geography department, the PDRA will also be supported by Cambridge co-investigators in engineering, architecture and the business school, in addition to project partners at the University of Cape Town and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. It is therefore desirable if the successful candidate can demonstrate prior experience of working in an inter-disciplinary context, specifically one that bridges the technical expertise of the physical sciences with the human-centric approach of the social sciences. Candidates with specialist knowledge of inter-disciplinary approaches within the domestic energy sector would be particularly welcome to apply.

For full details of the responsibilities of the post and the person specification, please see the further particulars for the post

The postholder will work with Dr Charlotte Lemanski (Department of Geography), who should be contacted with informal enquiries about the post (cll52@cam.ac.uk)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 16 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 LC13267 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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