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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work in our new tree-ring laboratory at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, supervised by Professor Ulf Buentgen. The appointee will contribute in establishing an internationally-competitive facility for modern, cross-disciplinary tree-ring research. The main research tasks of this post will be the processing of ring width samples from Siberia and the development of a new wood density surrogate.

Applicants should have a PhD in Geography, Biology, Forestry, Ecology or related fields. Experience in developing composite tree-ring width and wood density chronologies from the different conifer species of the boreal zone, in particular, north-eastern Siberia, and experience in producing wood density measurements with the Dendro-2003 Walesch system, are essential. Applicants should review the further particulars for information on all essential criteria.

The candidate must be self-motivated, have excellent organisational and communication skills with experience in reporting research results both in writing (reports, publications) and orally (project meetings, conferences). Fluency in English and Russian, and ability to find and translate Russian scientific articles and historical documents, is desirable.

The position is 37 hours per week (100%) - but applications for those wishing to work less than full-time (minimum of 75% upwards) will be considered.

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place w/c 7th August 2017.

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

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

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Please quote reference LC12516 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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