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Arnell Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £34,308-£42,155.

The Arnell Post-Doctoral Research Associate will work on a project funded by the Centre for Climate Repair at the University of Cambridge, based at the Department of Geography, and will work under the guidance of Dr Francesco Muschitiello.

Stratospheric injection of aerosols by explosive volcanic eruptions results in a complex set of responses driving climate effects on a variety of time and spatial scales. However, the mechanisms by which volcanic forcing causes global and regional cooling on long timescales remain insufficiently examined. In particular, the climate feedbacks and responses to a close succession of strong volcanic eruptions are still poorly quantified, which hinders assessing future climate projections to volcanic activity (Zanchettin et al., 2016).

This project aims at investigating the potential of clusters of strong volcanic eruptions to cause sustained cold events under pre-Holocene climate scenarios. The successful applicant will design and run transient climate model experiments using Earth system models that include atmospheric chemistry-aerosol-climate coupling, i.e. one or two of the following models: UKESM1, MPI-ESM1.2, and HadCM3. The simulations will be performed under a range of glacial boundary conditions to determine the cooling potential of volcanic clusters and assess short- and long-term memory of regional and global climatic variability. Particular attention will be paid to how volcanic cluster signals propagate into the subsurface ocean and the associated determinant processes, the ocean memory effects and the coupling between northward heat transport, Arctic sea ice and the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. Finally, the experiments will be evaluated using a wide network of proxy-climate data by comparing reconstructed and simulated spatial temperature and precipitation patterns.

Eligible candidates must have a PhD (or equivalent degree) in Climate Physics, Applied Mathematics, Earth Sciences or allied disciplines. A background in palaeoclimate modelling is desirable. They must be highly motivated, have excellent time management, organisational and communication skills, and be able to work well as part of a team. The successful candidate will be based in Cambridge and work closely with Dr Francesco Muschitiello and an international network of collaborators, i.e. Dr Thomas Aubry (University of Exeter), Dr Peter Hopcroft (University of Birmingham), Dr Claudia Timmreck (Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology), Dr Davide Zanchettin (University of Venice). They will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities within the Centre for Climate Repair and the Department of Geography, including the departmental 'Climate and Environmental Dynamics' research group, and reading groups and seminars across the University.

They will be invited to become a member of Downing College and of its Middle Common Room (MCR) with associated privileges, and it is expected that the candidate will make an active contribution towards College life, educationally and socially.

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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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Please quote reference LC34026 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.

Cambridge ESRC DTP Knowledge Exchange Studentship (Fixed Term)

Cambridge ESRC DTP Knowledge Exchange Studentship 2022: How is technology reconfiguring what we understand by access to justice?

The University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership [DTP], in collaboration with UK Ministry of Justice is pleased to offer a studentship available for admission in October 2023 in the Department of Geography.

The studentship is open as either a one-year masters followed by three-year doctoral programme or a three-year doctoral programme and will be co-supervised by Prof. Alex Jeffrey in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, and Alexy Buck at the UK Ministry of Justice.

ESRC DTP students will acquire a unique set of skills that will equip them for high-profile careers as leading social scientists, in academia or in other government, industrial, commercial and third sector organisations, either in the UK or elsewhere.

The project background:

The geography of the criminal justice system is transforming in England and Wales. In late 2023, His Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) comes to the end of a £1.5bn Reform Programme, a seven-year initiative that has seen a reconfiguration of the court estate, focusing trial processes on a smaller number of courts, and using digital technologies to provide access to civil and criminal justice proceedings. Even within this period of court consolidation, the Covid-19 pandemic acted as a catalyst for the use of remote proceedings. Considering this period of policy reform and adaptation, this doctoral project will use qualitative and quantitative methods to assess the implications of the reconfiguration of the justice system, advancing academic debates concerning the role of place and presence in judicial processes while also feeding into the ongoing design of the Reform 2.0 programme within the Ministry of Justice and HMCTS.

The use of technology in court spaces has been an emerging area of interest for legal scholars, criminologists and legal geographers. There is a broad consensus that the enactment of law has historically occupied symbolic sites to convey its legitimacy as a source of authority. From the medieval legal proceedings under a prominent oak tree, through to the grandeur of Victorian judicial sites such as the Royal Courts of Justice in London, there is a shared emphasis on the significance of justice being seen to be done. In this respect the dematerialisation of law through remote technologies, artificial intelligence, machine learning and the metaverse could be assumed to be reducing the significance of place-based law and perhaps undermining the cherished principal of public scrutiny and participation in the resolution of legal dispute. But this project is starting from an alternative premise: that the geography of access to justice is being transformed as opposed to erased as new forms of participation, visibility and access are produced through adoption of digital judicial processes.

Applications:

Cambridge ESRC DTP studentships are open to all students, both Home and International who demonstrate the required academic pot.

An ESRC DTP studentship will cover fees at the Home rate and provide £15,609 p.a. in living costs (current rates). DTP students also receive a personal allowance for additional training costs, and can apply for further funding to pursue fieldwork, academic exchange, and collaboration with non-academic partner organisations.

What to do next:

You can find out more about the Cambridge ESRC DTP at: https://www.esrcdtp.group.cam.ac.uk/about/onoffer and read about some of the opportunities that will be available to you.

You can find out more about the Department of Geography at https://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/.

Please address any questions about this studentship to Alex Jeffrey at asj38@cam.ac.uk

Applications for this studentship should be made to the Department of Geography

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Please quote reference LC34319 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.

ESRC DTP Interdisciplinary Studentship 2023

Cambridge ESRC DTP Interdisciplinary Studentship 2023: Influences on differential mortality in the 1918 Influenza pandemic

The University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership [DTP] is pleased to offer an interdisciplinary studentship available for admission in October 2023.

The studentship is open as either a one-year masters followed by three-year doctoral programme or a three-year doctoral programme and will be co-supervised by Professor Alice Reid [Department of Geography] and Dr Andrew Conlan [Department of Veterinary Medicine].

Project description:

The experience of living through the Covid19 pandemic has re-focused attention on the interdisciplinary nature of understanding infectious disease ¿ particularly how to explain the differential impact on different groups within society. Some societal groups suffer more than others because of the interaction between the way a particular disease outbreak manifests (e.g. mode of transmission, incubation period, infectivity, case-fatality) and the behavioural and structural forces which lead to differential vulnerability and exposure to risk. In addition, societal responses, including individual behaviour and governmental or organisational non-pharmaceutical interventions, can disrupt (or possibly exacerbate) transmission pathways and produce important feedback mechanisms.

As the most widespread and deadly pandemic in an era with relatively good data, the 1918 influenza pandemic provides an ideal case study for the study of geographic patterns over different time frames. Largely neglected for much of the 20th century, research on the 1918 outbreak has enjoyed a considerable revival, and recent studies reveal its unequal impact and the role of social and structural influences. However, research is still mostly focused on individual countries and localised experiences, and has largely taken place within particular disciplinary boundaries (history, economics, or medicine for example). There is still little consensus of how the pandemic spread over space and why some countries and localities suffered more severely than others.

This studentship will therefore offer an opportunity to contribute to this area of knowledge from an interdisciplinary perspective. It will involve the collation of a range of existing data, which can be analysed using demographic methods, paying attention to contextual issues and influences, and developing theories and hypotheses for the observed differences in spread. To address the dynamic feedback between changes in behaviour and the risk of transmission during a pandemic, mathematical models will be developed to explore scenarios and make testable predictions based on the identified hypotheses. The student will be encouraged to design their own project according to their interests, within this broad remit of investigating the influences on differential mortality from the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Cambridge ESRC DTP studentships are open to all students who meet the required academic conditions.

An ESRC DTP studentship will cover Home rate fees and provide £17,668 p.a. in living costs (current rates). DTP students also receive a personal allowance for additional training costs, and can apply for further funding to pursue fieldwork, academic exchange, and collaboration with non-academic partner organisations.

What to do next:

You can find out more about the Cambridge ESRC DTP at: https://www.esrcdtp.group.cam.ac.uk/about/onoffer and read about some of the opportunities that will be available to you.

You can find out more about the Department of Geography at https://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/ and the Department of Veterinary Medicine at https://www.vet.cam.ac.uk/.

Please address any questions about this studentship to Professor Alice Reid at alice.reid@geog.cam.ac.uk.

Applications for this studentship should be made to the Department of Geography (see https://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/postgraduate/phd/).

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Please quote reference LC34320 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.

Professorship of Geography (1931)

Following the retirement of Ash Amin, the Board of Electors to the Professorship of Geography (1931) invite applications for this Professorship from persons whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship to take up appointment on 1 October 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Candidates will have an outstanding research record of international stature in human geography. They will possess the vision, leadership, experience and enthusiasm to build on and extend current strengths in the Department, thereby contributing to its leading research presence in the discipline. They will be committed to promoting a vibrant interdisciplinary and inclusive departmental research culture. They will hold a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification.

Standard professorial duties include teaching and research, examining, supervision and administration, including management and leadership. The Professor will be based in Cambridge. A competitive salary will be offered.

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

Further information is available at: http://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/professorships

or contact the Human Resources, University Offices, The Old Schools, Cambridge, CB2 1TT, (email: professorships@admin.cam.ac.uk).

Applications, consisting of a letter of application, a statement of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae and a publications list, along with details of three referees should be made online no later than 6 January 2023.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Mike Hulme, Convenor of Board of Electors and Head of Department: mh903@cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference LC34095 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.

Professorship of Physical Geography

The Board of Electors to the Professorship of Physical Geography invite applications for this Professorship in the Department of Geography, with duties at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), to take up appointment on 1 October 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Candidates will have an outstanding research record of international stature in the broad field of environmental science, with a particular focus on high latitudes, cold regions and/or mountain environments. They will engage with the scientific priorities of the SPRI and have the vision, experience and enthusiasm to build on and extend the broader strengths of the Department, contributing to its leading research presence in the discipline. They will be committed to promoting a vibrant interdisciplinary and inclusive departmental research culture. They will hold a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification.

Standard professorial duties include teaching and research, examining, supervision and administration, including management and leadership. The Professor will be based in Cambridge. A competitive salary will be offered.

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

Further information is available at: http://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/professorships

or contact the Human Resources, University Offices, The Old Schools, Cambridge, CB2 1TT, (email: professorships@admin.cam.ac.uk).

Applications, consisting of a letter of application, a statement of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae and a publications list, along with details of three referees should be made online no later than 10 January 2023.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Mike Hulme, Convenor of Board of Electors and Head of Department: mh903@cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference LC34102 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.

Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £34,308-£42,155.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position to work on the new project 'Investigating the social implications of 30x30' funded by the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) at the University of Cambridge. The post holder will be a member of the Department of Geography and will work in interdisciplinary Conservation Research Institute in the David Attenborough Building, under the guidance of Professor Chris Sandbrook (https://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/people/sandbrook/).

Despite its grand scale and potential impact, minimal research has been conducted into the potential social implications of ambitious schemes for Area Based Conservation such as 30x30, and how they might be addressed. The SNAPP project is bringing together a working group of scholars and practitioners from multiple backgrounds to conduct research on this topic and influence future policy and practice. This will be achieved through a series of carefully facilitated workshops and collaborative analysis of existing datasets at the global and national level. The PDRA will play a critical role in the project, carrying out analysis, preparing publications, working with impact partners and supporting PI Chris Sandbrook with project management tasks. As well as building their research skills and publication record, the role holder will have the chance to develop their leadership and management skills, and to strengthen their international networks.

Eligible candidates must have a PhD in Geography, Land Systems Science or a related discipline. A strong background in geospatial analysis and handling large datasets is essential. Applicants must also have proven experience of publishing high-quality research articles. They must be highly motivated and should have excellent time management, organisational and communication skills, and be able to work well as part of a team.

The successful candidate will be based in Cambridge, with occasional international trips to attend project workshops. They will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of departmental and University activities, including the departmental 'Vital Geographies' research group, departmental seminars, and reading groups across the University. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities taking place in the David Attenborough Building, which is home to the Cambridge Conservation Initiative partnership of the University of Cambridge and nine international conservation NGOs and networks.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Further Particulars

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 20 months in the first instance.

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 LC34140 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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