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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Applications are invited for an Assistant/Associate Professorship in Climate and Environmental Data Science, jointly held in the Department of Earth Sciences (DES) and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) to commence on 1 January 2024 or shortly thereafter.

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent and be able to demonstrate an outstanding research track record within the broad area of Climate and Environmental Science. We are particularly keen to recruit applicants whose research includes quantitative analysis of climatologically or environmentally relevant observational data acquired using field-based approaches, which can include, but is not limited to, environmental geochemistry, geomorphology, or field-based fluid flow. Applications are particularly encouraged that build on, complement and extend pre-existing strengths across Climate and Environmental Sciences at the University and at the British Antarctic Survey. An ability to teach in both the Natural Sciences Tripos and the Mathematical Tripos will also be an advantage, as will experience in encouraging and supporting applicants and students from groups underrepresented in STEM subjects, including women.

This is one of two faculty positions in support of a new MPhil in Quantitative Climate and Environmental Sciences jointly developed by DAMTP and DES in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey.

Applicants will be expected to give undergraduate and masters-level lectures, in particular contributing to the new MPhil in Quantitative Climate and Environmental Sciences. Applicants will also take feedback from students and perform other usual departmental duties such as those associated with examinations. They will be expected to investigate new areas of research, seek out new funding opportunities and submit grant applications. They will also be required to write papers for publication, attend conferences, network with national/international colleagues and give presentations.

Appointment will be made at an appropriate point on the scale for University Assistant or Associate Professors. Appointment as an Assistant Professor will normally be for a probationary period of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance. Appointment as Associate Professor will typically require a demonstrable history of exceptional achievement.

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

This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you do not already have one) and log in before completing the online application form.
You will need to upload a 1-2 page cover letter addressing the Assistant Professor person specification and your relevant experiencea full curriculum vitae, research, teaching and equality, diversity and inclusion statements, a list of publications and the contact details of three academic referees.

Please ensure that your referees are contactable at any time during the selection process and are made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; please encourage them to do so promptly.

Informal enquiries about the position may be made to Professor Richard Harrison (DES) by email:

Please quote reference LE37800 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. We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department. The University of Cambridge 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.

Complete applications are due 28 September 2023, and interviews will be conducted in Cambridge the week of 27 November 2023.

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Sep 28th 2023

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