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Current vacancies within the Department are posted here.


Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Salary: £33,309-£40,927.

Enhancing the Integrated Census Microdata (I-CeM) collection

The role, which could be either part-time or full-time -- will be working on a new project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and will require the processing and manipulation of large quantities of historical census data in digital form. The post holder will be based with the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, located in the Department of Geography and will work under the guidance of Prof K. Schürer.

An earlier Integrated Census Microdata (I-CeM) project created a database of individual-level historic census records for Great Britain covering the period 1851-1911, in its entirety comprising some 185 million records. The current project will augment the collection by the addition of some 44 million digital census records from 1921. In order to incorporate the 1921 census into I-CeM the data will need to be checked, cleaned, coded and enhanced with a suite of derived variables, mainly relating to household and family structures.

The work will require excellent database skills. Knowledge of the historical censuses of Great Britain is desirable, but not essential. More important will be computer skills, data literacy and the ability to develop and apply semi-automated techniques to code and standardise large quantities of data. The ability to work in Excel is essential and a working knowledge of R or SAS would be welcome

Eligible candidates must have post-graduate research experience in handling and processing data. Whilst this may not have been directly acquired in using historical census, eligible candidates will need to be able to demonstrate clearly how their experience can transfer across to this project. Eligible candidates for the position(s) will be expected to have obtained a PhD or Master's degree in History, Geography (or related social science) or Computer Science. Applicants must be highly motivated and should have excellent organisational and communication skills, excellent attention to detail and be able to both work well as part of a team, whilst at the same time work independently on the tasks set.

The successful candidate will be based in Cambridge and have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of departmental and University activities, including departmental seminars, and reading groups across the University. Remote working, part time working (minimum 10 hers per week) and job sharing are all possible for suitable candidates.

Please refer to the attached Further Particulars for the qualifications, skills and experience required, as well as the role key responsibilities.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Prof K. Schürer by email, ks778@cam.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 8 July, 2022 and interviews will be held on 18 July, 2022.

Fixed-term: The post is available starting from 1 August 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. for a 14-month appointment.

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 LC31965 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: £33,309-£40,927.

Geographies of Indigenous Citizenship in Latin America

The role will be working on a new project funded by the Leverhulme Trust about geographies of Indigenous citizenship in Latin America. The post holder will be based in the Department of Geography and will work under the guidance of Professor Sarah Radcliffe.

This project uses qualitative, ethnographic, storytelling and mapping methods to analyse the relation between Indigenous peoples, their practices and critical thinking, and changing dynamics of citizenship in territories and nation-states. Its guiding principle is that Indigenous actions and conceptual work decentre our understandings of western citizenship, especially by means of everyday practices and emergent agendas of autonomy. The project is concerned to reflect critically on the processes that generate and circulate knowledge about Indigenous citizenship and its transformations. The successful applicant will pursue two main objectives: 1) through qualitative research work, and in association with the project team and Indigenous interlocutors, to gather and critically analyse verbal accounts, observations and cartographic material on Indigenous citizenship practices and places, with respect to their purpose, the socio-spatial relations and knowledges, and their consequences for political subjectivity and citizen experiences. And 2) to conduct a series of in-depth interviews with Indigenous leaders and individuals in Ecuador and Peru, and to liaise with Indigenous organisations and communities over the creation of repositories for the interview records and other materials.

Eligible candidates must have a PhD in Human Geography, Anthropology, Latin American Studies, Indigenous Studies, or similar. Strong social science skills and experience in qualitative methods, particularly with Latin American Indigenous populations would be a significant advantage. Applicants must also have proven experience of publishing high-quality research articles. They must be highly motivated and should have excellent organisational and communication skills (in English and Spanish), and be able to work well as part of a diverse international team.

The successful candidate will be based in Cambridge and have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of departmental and University activities, including the departmental Decolonial Research Lab, departmental and Centre of Latin American Studies seminars, and reading groups across the University.

Informal inquiries may be directed to Professor Sarah Radcliffe by email, sar23@cam.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 27th July 2022 and interviews (virtual and in-person) will be held on 22nd August 2022.

Fixed-term: The post is available starting from 1 August 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter, for a fixed term until 31st December 2024.

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 LC31966 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 in Data Fusion for Forest Monitoring and Modelling

Salary: £33,309-£40,927.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join Dr Emily Lines' UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF) project "Next generation forest dynamics modelling using remote sensing data". This is an interdisciplinary project at the intersection of ecology, remote sensing, and data science. The successful candidate will have experience and expertise in applied data science and machine learning, a demonstrated interest in ecology, terrestrial ecosystems and/or remote sensing of the environment, and be keen to work on complex environmental problems.

Forest ecosystems sequester one third of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions and house 80% of the Earth's terrestrial biodiversity, but face threats including a rapidly changing climate, and deforestation and degradation. Accurate monitoring of the structure and function of forests is crucial for effective understanding of change, but ground data are sparse and irregularly collected, and extracting ecologically meaningful information from remote sensing data is challenging. To advance understanding of forest structure and functioning at large spatial and long temporal scales, and to improve predictions of the future of forests, new, intelligent ways to fuse Earth Observation data with ground data and the output from forest models are needed.

The PDRA will work with a wide range of data collected and collated for Dr Lines' FLF, including extensive co-located ground inventory, Terrestrial Laser Scanning and drone remote sensing data from a range of sites across Europe, and national forest inventory datasets from several European countries. The PDRA will develop new methods to fuse these data with satellite data, and create detailed information about the spatio-temporal variation in forest structural properties across Europe. This will be used to inform new predictive modelling frameworks that flexibly incorporate the full range of data available to predict the future of European forests. The successful candidate will also participate in fieldwork within Europe, and disseminate findings through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at international conferences.

The PDRA will work closely with PI Dr Emily Lines and co-I Dr Stuart Grieve (QMUL). They will also collaborate with project partner Dr Paloma Ruiz-Benito (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain), and may undertake a visit to her group in Spain. Depending on relevance, the PDRA will also have the opportunity to regularly collaborate with researchers at the Alan Turing Institute, of which Dr Lines is a Fellow, including contributing to open-source toolkits for scientific image analysis being developed by members of the wider Turing community. The PDRA may have the opportunity to co-supervise student projects, and to collaborate on other work ongoing in the group.

Please refer to the attached Further Particulars for the qualifications, skills and experience required, as well as the role key responsibilities.

Due to the collaborative nature of the position within the larger FLF project, and in line with current University working policy, the PDRA will be expected to work in-person in Cambridge.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Emily Lines (erl27@cam.ac.uk) for informal discussions prior to applying.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 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 LC31692 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.

Safety Technician

Salary: £23,487-£27,116.

The Department of Geography wishes to appoint a Safety Technician to its Buildings Operation team, to provide support for health and safety and environmental services across the Department.

The Safety Technician supports the provision of a safe and productive working environment in the Department's buildings and acts as both a First Aider and Deputy Fire Manager. In collaboration with laboratory staff, they provide basic technical support for the safe use of specialist electrical and mechanical equipment in the Instrumentation Laboratory and in the Department's field equipment store, which is used in departmental teaching, field trips and research. They support the development and implementation of day-to-day environmental initiatives, assisting with work towards the Department's greening targets and promoting sustainability wherever possible.

Working as part of a small team, they provide back-up for the Buildings & Services Technician in custodial duties, which may include inspecting the fabric of the buildings; safety checks and basic maintenance of Department vehicles; performing initial diagnosis of faults in parts of the Department's mechanical, electrical and plumbing services, reporting problems to University Estate Management and administering any maintenance of works to be carried out on them; and carrying out minor repairs and service where possible.

The successful candidate will have experience in supporting health and safety management in an office, field or lab environment and of equipment safety testing, risk assessment, servicing, fault diagnosis and repair. They will be educated to A Level or NVQ Level 3 (or equivalent level of practical experience) and willing to be trained as a First Aider and Fire Warden. They will have experience of working productively both unsupervised and as part of a small team, and possess skills including excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, problem-solving and attention to detail.

The post is available immediately.

Further information about the role and how to apply is available at the link below.

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

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to take place in Cambridge on 28 July 2022.

Please quote reference LC30222 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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