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Research Assistant/Associate in Remote Sensing of Forests

Salary: £25,728-£38,833.

British Council- funded research project seeks motivated team member with experience in remote sensing of vegetation.

In this post, you will join the project Multiplatform remote sensing of the impact of climate change on northern forests of Russia. You will be responsible for developing and running algorithms for mapping the distribution and spatial characteristics of forests in northern Russia using satellite imagery, and provide general support to the UK side of a joint UK-Russian collaborative project. Some fieldwork assistance in Russia is also likely to be required, as well as participation in international conferences. Absences from the UK are very unlikely to exceed three weeks at one time.

The project is funded by an Institutional Links grant awarded to Dr Gareth Rees by the British Council. The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is also a UK participant in the project, and you will also assist the project-related work of Dr Gareth Marshall at BAS, to collect and analyse meteorological data from northern Russia and to run a regional climate model and analyse its output. The project is a collaboration with Russian scientists whose contribution is funded by a matching grant from the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation, led and coordinated by Dr Olga Tutubalina, Faculty of Geography, Moscow State University (MSU).

The project is focussed on forest areas in northern Russia, attempting to understand how they have changed in response to climate change in the present century. It has four key objectives: 1. to identify and describe the key climate indices important in influencing northern Russian forests, and relate them to biophysical forest characteristics derived from coarse-resolution satellite imagery. 2. to develop new mapping methods for northern forests at a range of scales, using coarse and fine resolution satellite imagery, and unmanned aerial vehicle imagery, to delineate the position and describe the configuration of the forest edge. 3. to develop new methods for monitoring intra-seasonal and long-term variations in forest biomass based on satellite images. 4. to create a set of projections of future development of northern Russian forests based on a range of IPCC emissions scenarios, together with in situ biological and meteorological measurements. These objectives will be addressed by the five project partners: SPRI and BAS in the UK; MSU, and the Institutes of Space Science and of Geography, in Russia. Field work will be undertaken at a number of sites, to be identified, in northern Russia.

You will work with under the direction of Dr Rees and be primarily responsible for the development and application of fine-scale forest mapping from the test sites, using satellite imagery. You will also engage directly with Dr Marshall at BAS, and will be responsible for maintaining communications across the UK and international teams. All communication will be in the English language. You will work 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.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Dr Gareth Rees by email, wgr2@cam.ac.uk.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months 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.

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Please quote reference LC15396 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £31,604-£38,833.

Making Dams Sustainable

We are looking for a part time or full time Research Associate to work on a project analysing the work and impact of the World Commission on Dams (WCD, 1997-2000). The WCD was a science-policy interface that sought to change prevailing paradigms of international dam design.

The project will review the WCD's work and recommendations and assess its long-term impacts, in the light of the subsequent surge in new dam construction. It is hoped that this review will provide insights into future opportunities to improve the sustainability of dam design and construction.

The work is funded under a Global Challenges Research Fund project DAMS 2.0: Design and assessment of resilient and sustainable interventions in water-energy-food-environment Mega-Systems (to be re-named FutureDAMS), in a multi-institution research collaboration led by the University of Manchester. The post holder will work under the supervision of Professor Bill Adams in the Department of Geography

We are seeking an individual with research experience in the fields of science policy, political ecology or development, and experience of qualitative social science methods. Knowledge of water resource development projects is an advantage, as is knowledge of the work of the World Commission on Dams or other science-policy interfaces. As part of the project, the post-holder will potentially travel to meetings with other research partners internationally (Ghana, Nile Basin, Myanmar) and in the UK (Manchester, Surrey, IIED London, Southampton, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Wallingford).

Informal inquiries should be directed to Professor Bill Adams by email, wa12@cam.ac.uk.

Interviews will be held on 30th May 2018.

Fixed-term: The post is available immediately, for a two year fixed appointment. Funds are available until 31st December 2020.

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 LC15299 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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