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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in an interdisciplinary research project between the groups of Prof. Alison Smith and Dr Matt Davey in Plant Sciences, and colleagues at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Prof. Peter Convey, Prof. Lloyd Peck, and Dr. Peter Fretwell.

This Leverhulme Trust funded project is aimed at investigating the contribution to net primary productivity of terrestrial snow algae in Antarctica. It will use remote satellite imagery, coupled with measurements in the field (ground-truthing), to estimate the area and biomass contributed by snow algae in several Antarctic locations. It will also carry out the first study of genetic variation of these algae, and the composition of bacteria and other organisms found associated with snow algal communities.

The 2-year position is for someone with experience of remote sensing to carry out the analysis of satellite imagery, and will also include field work in Antarctica in the 2018 season for ground-truthing.

The post-holder must have experience of field spectroradiometry (such as ASD FieldSpec or similar) and handling satellite imagery data (ideally Digital Globe WorldView3 Sentinal2 and/or Landsat).

You need to be fit to travel and work abroad in Antarctica for 2-3 months (January to March 2018). You will need to pass a BAS medical before appointment and must be able to take up the post in Cambridge starting no later than 1st September 2017. Experience of Polar or extreme and remote environment field work is desirable.

A PhD in Remote Sensing (or similar experience in Physics/Mathematics) is essential. Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD, they will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant in a Research Associate post (on the understanding that they will be appointed as a Research Associate upon successful completion of their PhD).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

It is expected that a secondment to The British Antarctic Survey will take place for part of this appointment. Any enquiries concerning the position or application process can also be made to Dr Matt Davey ( or to Dr Peter Fretwell ( The interviews are scheduled to be held in the week beginning 24 July 2017.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. 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.

Please upload your CV with publication list, and covering letter to support your application.

Please note if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please quote reference PD12537 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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